With the holiday season upon us, the blog team at Henderson International School felt compelled to talk household decorations. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the twinkling lights make the weather outside less frightful, and you’ve already wrapped your FIVE GOLDEN RINGS. But something’s still missing, and it’s something “homey”. That’s right, it’s a fun, festive, freshly made gingerbread house!

Of course, a gingerbread house can be rather tricky, which is why we’ve put together a handy guide on how you can make your own gingerbread house without all of the work. And the best part, your kids can help too!

You’re going to need a few things to get started. For simplicity, a lot of sources suggested using graham crackers instead of actual gingerbread; they’re much more accessible and a whole lot less baking is involved. For each gingerbread house you’re going to need…

• 6 graham crackers
• Icing
• A variety of small candies, marshmallows and sugar cubes
• One empty single serving milk carton (optional)
• One serrated knife
• One pair of scissors
• A plastic food storage bag
• A paper plate (or other flat, easily transportable surface)
• One muffin tin (any size will do)

Start with a little prep work. This part’s for the parents only. Pour your candies into the muffin tin, with a different candy in each section. This will help you stay organized (and keep things a lot less messy). Next, pour your icing into the plastic bag, and snip off a small corner with a pair of scissors. Now you can easily pipe the icing out wherever you (or your kids) need it to go. After that, use your scissors and cut almost the entire top of the milk carton off, so it’s shaped like a house. Finally, use your serrated knife on two graham crackers, and cut the top half into a point (so it looks like the front of a house).

Now your kids are ready to go. Have them pipe a good amount of icing onto the bottom of the plate and place the milk carton on top so it stays in place. Wait a moment to dry, and then use the same icing-glue method to stick the graham crackers onto the sides. Be sure the 5 sided graham crackers go on the matching sides of the milk carton. Again, give it a moment to dry, and finally your kids can start decorating!

Let them use the icing to make doors and windows, and they can even go around the edges of all of the graham crackers to give the house a fun snow-covered look. Use candy to make holiday decorations, like green and red candies for lights and wreaths. We also saw a few folks who used pretzel sticks to make a fun log cabin feel. Use your imagination and have fun with it. And once the house is done, be sure to fill the whole plate with decorations too to truly create your winter wonderland!

It’s that simple. With a little prep work there shouldn’t be much of a mess, and now your children will have a fantastic holiday decoration that they made themselves!

Hopefully your indoor fun will help deal with this frigid Southern Nevada winter! Happy Holidays!


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