My precious grandson, Hays, invited me to be his guest for the gingerbread house day at his school. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to see 20 kids decorate their little houses. Each child got to invite one parent or grandparent, and I was the lucky one in our family, so it was off to school for GiGi.
I thought the idea was fabulous. The little houses were already assembled when we arrived. Two small lunchroom-size milk cartons had been glued together using a hot glue gun. You can see from the photo above, the eaves of the house is the folded top of the cartons.
Then the cartons were covered with graham crackers. One large plank covered each side and each roof side. The ends were covered with a half of the large cracker. The graham crackers were attached with glue and allowed to dry completely before this decorating began.
Hays and I had our own can of icing, and there were all kinds of candies, cereals, pretzels, and candy canes to choose from for our decorating plan. We turned ice cream cones into wintry trees, and he giggled as our marshmallow snowman kept falling off the paper plate. And who could even think that a reindeer could be made from marshmallows and candy canes? That’s boys for you.
The boys were quite zealous in their decorating, while the girls meticulously planned their little masterpieces. This is a wonderful project for children. If you have grandchildren at your home for the holidays, this is great fun. You will be surprised at their creativity and yours.
Have a favorite holiday project for kids? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!