Our Day 9 activity was making a gingerbread house. Remember my tip to include family in the advent activities? Well, today was one of those days.
Mimi spent the afternoon creating a gingerbread house with the girls. I popped in every once in a while to take a picture, but I wanted them to have this special time together. They all seemed to have fun, especially when they sampled the candies. 🙂
Since this was the girls’ first experience we didn’t do anything fancy, just a simple kit we bought from the store. Tinker had fun decorating her own graham cracker version with mini M&Ms.
Lovey was very focused on placing her candies in just the right spot.
And she was eager to take a bite when she was finished!
When you’re finished go on a fun scavenger hunt. Use this free printable to make it super easy!
More Gingerbread House Ideas
If you want to try something a little different, you might like these awesome gingerbread house ideas.
Afraid all that beautiful work is going to come tumbling down? Kids Activities Blog has a recipe for the best gingerbread house glue.
All the decorating fun without the sugar overload! Nothing if Not Intentional has a great idea for healthier gingerbread houses.
The Easy Mini Gingerbread Houses from Red Ted Art look lovely and seem like they would be easy enough for little ones to create.
Not a fan of gingerbread, but still want to have the experience of decorating? Make some crispy Christmas cottages with this recipe and tips from Land O’ Lakes. I know these would be a hit around here!
Holiday Cuteness in Record Time from Caked Alaska offers a detailed visual tutorial for making graham cracker gingerbread houses. These may be a bit more advanced and great for older kids.
These gum gingerbread houses from All for the Memories are very clever!
Betty Crocker offers a simple flat version of gingerbread house decorating that would be very easy for little ones and just as cute.
The DIY cardboard toy gingerbread house from Inner Child Fun would be a lot of fun to make. It can be taken apart and redecorated again and again.
If you want to go BIG with your gingerbread house Inner Child Fun also has an amazing life-sized cardboard gingerbread house.
And Lovin’ from the Oven has a gingerbread hot chocolate recipe that looks delicious! It would be a great treat to sip on while making your gingerbread houses together.
What kind of gingerbread houses do you like making?
MORE GINGERBREAD FUN WITH PRINTABLE DINOSAUR THEME LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
The full Gingerbread Theme Lesson Plan Pack also includes:
1) Gingerbread Man Character Puppets (in color and b/w)
2) Gingerbread Color Sorting Mats and Object Cards
3) Gingerbread Man Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Matching Colors (in color and b/w)
4) Gingerbread Man Gingerbread House Measurement and Size Sorting Cards
5) Gingerbread Man Number Cards (in color and b/w)
6) Gingerbread Man Ten-Frame Mats 1-10 (in color and b/w)
7) Gingerbread Man Pattern Prompt Task Cards
8) Gingerbread Man Rhyming Sort
9) Gingerbread Man Ending Sound Matching Puzzles
10) Gingerbread Man Roll and Graph Game
11) Gingerbread Man Water Science Experiment Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
12) Gingerbread Letter Cookie Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
13) Decorate a Gingerbread House Counting Mats for Numbers 1-10 and one blank version in color and b/w
14) Gingerbread Five Senses Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
GET YOUR LESSON PLANS
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Less stress, more connecting this holiday season? Yes, PLEASE!
From the arrival of fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving and Christmas, the last four months of the year can be a wonderful opportunity for making family memories and spending time together, but they can also be stressful as we try to collect ideas, recipes, and activities to try together.
Stephanie Morgan, founder of Modern Parents Messy Kids, a site that’s been voted Best Craft Blog in Parents Magazine and one of babble.com’s Top 50 Craft Mom Blogs, recently released a new eBook to help us have a little less stress and more time to connect with family this year, and I’m so glad to be an affiliate for such a great resource.
Stephanie’s goal is to make it easier on all of us to enjoy the holidays with our kids. Hands-On Holidays is 100 pages full of her family’s very favorite ways to connect as a family over the holiday season. I love the convenience of having so many ideas in one place, and most of them are simple enough for even my toddler to participate in.
The book includes picture book suggestions, DIY decor, activities, and treats. Bonus sections also offer even more ideas to enjoy. Click here to view more details.
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