There are a few different ways to build the gingerbread homes for the children to decorate. The choice that is best for your occasion will depend on factors such as whether you wish to actually bake the gingerbread yourself, the size you want each house to be and if you want the finished projects to be completely edible. Pre-packaged gingerbread house kits
are certainly the easiest way to go, but if you wish to bake your own, you’ll need a gingerbread house recipe
. Another option is to have the kids build their gingerbread houses using milk cartons and graham crackers.
Since decorating the houses will take a good amount of time, it may be best for the gingerbread houses to be pre-assembled, one at each place setting, when guests arrive. For occasions where time isn’t an issue, however, the “bake and build your own” method is certainly a fun way to go.
In addition to a gingerbread house at each work space, children should also have decorating supplies within their reach. You can add small bowls of candy and frosting to each place setting, or divide the ingredients so that two or three kids can share them at a time. Suggestions for decorations include:
- White icing: Enough for each child to coat their homes in snow as well as to use as the glue for sticking all of their decorations to their structures.
- Candy canes and small round peppermint candies.
- Gum drops, spice drops and spice rings.
- Mini marshmallows.
- Small, round, color-coated, chocolate candies.
- Gingerbread people cookies.
- Christmas tree shaped cookies.