{How To} Making Gingerbread Houses with the First Grade

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Even during the busy holiday season, it's important to take time out for some lighthearted fun. On Thursday I had a chance to take a break from my hectic holiday schedule to build and decorate a gingerbread house with Harper and about 100 other first graders.

It was good, messy fun!

This kind of thing requires the utmost precision and concentration!

This gingerbread house was simple (easy for little hands) and fun to make.

What You Need:
Paper plate
Plastic knife or spreader
(1) 14 oz. orange juice container, rinsed and dried
(1) box graham crackers
(1) container of white icing (whipped variety is not recommended)
Various decorations {small round cereals, small pastas, goldfish crackers, pretzel sticks, small candies, shredded coconut, ice cream cones (sugar)}

How To Build:
1. Place a dab of icing on the bottom of the orange juice carton. Adhere it to the paper plate.
2. Spread the carton generously with icing. Break apart graham crackers at their perforations and "glue" them to the house.
3. Decorate the house using the cereals, pastas, etc., using the icing as glue.
4. Spread icing on the outside of the ice cream cone (a tree). Turn it upside down and "glue" it to the place. Decorate the tree.
5. Spread icing on the plate and sprinkle the shredded coconut for snow.

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