Wednesday, December 03, 2008

A Sweet Activity

It seems like this time of year, my kiddos are in the mood to do a craft any given moment of the day. As I am elbow deep in making pumpkin rolls or up to my eyes in wrapping, my 5 year old boy will say sincerely (and with gusto), "mom, I am feeling creative. Can I pleeeease do a project?" Aargh. Mom guilt. I cringe as I think.... There is no way I can go pull a project together for my kiddos right now with all MY projects going on!!!!

Problem solved:
Last year, I found a big square box (12X12X12) and then cut a piece of cardboard that would fold in half to make a roof. After hot gluing that together, I cut out two triangles to fill in the empty spaces under the roof and hot glued that on too. Then, armed with lots and lots of graham crackers, I hot glued and hot glued until it was covered.

I made sure to use the homemade icing that really dries solid. The storebought icing is too greasy and never completely hardens. Then, I left the enormous gingerbread house out on a little table with the icing (tightly sealed) and bags of a variety of different candies that I bought from the dollar store. The kids spent some jolly time designing it and every time a friend came over, it was a ready-to-go activity that they really enjoyed. Probably because candy was involved; however, the house turned out darling. After Christmas, I stored it in a bubble wrap in a big plastic tub and when we opened it this year, it was perfect! There is another side left to cover, so I'm thinking next time I get that craft project question, I'll know exactly what project they will be doing. Look at Works For Me Wednesday for more great ideas!

6 Wonderful Responses:

Amber said...

wow! That is ALOT of candy!!! I like it!

Kathleen said...

Wow! What a great idea...and I can't believe it stored so well! What a SWEET house!!

Baloney said...

You are amazing! I do the easy thing and buy the kit. $9 and super easy. Not nearly as cute as yours though!

Michelle said...

That looks awesome! That is a ton of candy. It looks like it was really fun to make.

ellen said...

How clever! Mine are itchin' to make gingerbread houses...I love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

DeeBee said...

That's a great idea!