Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gingerbread House with the Kids

Today the kids and I decorated a gingerbread house.  I had thoughts of baking one from scratch, but honestly with my kids aged 4.5 and 2, they wouldn't have had the patience for it (and as a result neither would I!).  So I purchased a ready built house kit (with a tiny amount of candy) from Target.  I bought some additional nuts and candy to use to decorate it. 

I wasn't too concerned with perfection, but I was hoping it would look nice.  The kids actually did pretty well with it and didn't try to take candy off of the house.  Daisy, 2, put on a few pieces but mostly sat there eating stuff out of the bags.  Seymour, 4.5, did really well and put on lots of decorations. 

Yogurt pretzel roof, tiny gummy bear Christmas "lights"
Candy rock chimney
The back door
Seymour had the idea to make a Santa Claus, but for a while I wasn't sure what I was going to use to make him.  Then I decided to just put some things together and hope for the best -- and he actually looked pretty good!  I used two red candy rocks that were roundish, half a cashew for the head, a slice of small white jelly bean for the beard (and the icing just happened to make a nice little point in the middle), and a peppermint candy for a hat. 

Santa with a ... turban?
I'm glad we all had a good time together.  Unfortunately our card making session did not go as well... Such is life with small children, no?


  1. These are so darn cute! I need to do some with my kids! Love the pretzels on the roof!

  2. We love making these every year. What great memories!
    Thanks for linking up to Theme Party Thursday! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  3. I found you through Polly Want a Crafter and I love this! I wanted to invite you to enter my $50 American Express gift card giveaway that ends in a few days! I also have a link party going on this week! Keep up the good blogging! -Dana

  4. Aww, this reminds me of being a kid. Shame on you, I want a gingerbread house now!!! Yor little ones did a wonderful job there.

  5. thinking about picking up a kit to make my first gingerbread house EVER! love how colorful and super yummy yours looks I think the pretzel roof is by far my favorite!

  6. Thank you all for the sweet comments, we really enjoyed it.


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