Easy Graham Cracker Houses
We had a few friends over recently to make gingerbread houses—actually, graham cracker houses!—and it was such a successful playdate. The girls ranged in age from 2-7 and this was a perfect holiday activity for the kids. I glued the graham cracker houses together ahead of time and made them into A-frames since it was the easiest shape to do!
Holiday Activity for Kids
The beauty of this toddler activity is that you can really use whatever toppings you want to. We like to use an assortment of more natural toppings, but really, the options are endless. I often ask our friends to bring a topping to ensure a nice variety. Then I put out a house on a paper plate (for easy transport later!) and a sugar cone to be a tree for each kid.
How to Make Graham Cracker Houses Step-by-Step
- Houses: All you need is graham crackers and hot glue. Each girl got an ice cream cone tree to decorate (or eat, in L’s case). You will need about one package of graham crackers per house, though get extra since some will break as you work. There’s no real magic trick to this. Just put them together to form a rough house shape, breaking them as needed!
- Icing: Try this recipe or this one (if you can find meringue powder). I made a double recipe, divided it by four, and put each portion into a quart-size zip top bag. We snipped off one corner and the girls each piped icing onto their house.
- Toppings: We used pretzel sticks, Cherrios, banana chips, pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, natural marshmallows.
Decorating Graham Cracker Houses
I definitely recommend assembling the houses ahead of time and letting the kids focus on the decorating because that’s really the fun part. I choose natural toppings because I knew that they’d eat as they worked and I wanted to at least limit some of the sugar intake. The icing may have defeated that purpose, but in the end, the monotone palette of these turned out to be super sweet and modern!