Making gingerbread houses is a classic Christmas activity. What would Christmas be without a gingerbread house? They are easy to make and provide an excellent opportunity for your child to develop fine motor and creative skills. In this blog post, we'll show you some different ways to make a gingerbread house, the benefits of making one with your preschoolers, and some fun activities to do while creating your masterpiece.
The Gingerbread House
PURCHASE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE KIT
You can purchase a gingerbread house kit online or from your local grocery or hobby store, which will include pre-baked gingerbread pieces, icing, and candy.
Here are some of my favorite gingerbread house kits:
- Create-A-Treat E-Z Build Gingerbread House
- Christmas Mini Village Set
- This is great for multiple kids or for kids with short attention spans.
MAKE GINGERBREAD FROM SCRATCH
Make the gingerbread house pieces using the recipe link below. However, this can be time-consuming and may require a bit of experience in the kitchen but, it can also be a great opportunity to sneak in some education.
What you need:
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GRAHAM CRACKER GINGERBREAD HOUSE
If you’d like something a little easier and faster to build, then graham cracker gingerbread houses may be the way to go. It’s still fun for kids but much quicker than baking from scratch. This is also a great resource if you don’t have all the necessary ingredients or tools for baking homemade gingerbread. It is also a cheaper alternative for multiple kids.
What You Need:
- Graham crackers
- Royal icing
- Piping bag
- Plate or base
- Candy decorations:
- Peppermint sticks
- Licorice strings
- Small candy canes
- Chocolate chips
Assemble as you would a gingerbread house kit. With a graham cracker gingerbread house, your kids can still learn about numbers, shapes, and colors; while using their imagination and creativity to decorate it any way they want.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE CRAFT
If you aren't into the mess of making a real gingerbread house, you can still enjoy this activity and get all of the benefits that this activity offers by doing a gingerbread house craft.
Here are some of my favorite gingerbread house crafts:
- Foam Gingerbread House
- Christmas Gingerbread Sticker
- Gingerbread House Stickers with Cardboard Backgrounds
- Gingerbread House Coloring Ornaments Craft
- Cardboard Gingerbread House
- Gingerbread House Giant Coloring Poster
- Giant Gingerbread House Playhouse
FREE CHRISTMAS COLORING PAGES
Also, check out my FREE Christmas coloring pages where you will find a gingerbread house to color and hang up! This is something you can do in addition to making a gingerbread house and something you can enjoy all season long!
How This Benefits Preschoolers
Gingerbread houses promote imaginative play and help improve fine motor skills. Preschoolers can practice their hand-eye coordination by placing candy on the house accordingly. In addition, there are opportunities to learn about numbers, shapes, colors, instructions, and patience. And of course, making a gingerbread house is a perfect opportunity to bond with your preschooler as you both work together to create a fun and festive masterpiece.
While You're Making The Gingerbread House
To add some more holiday cheer to the atmosphere, play Christmas music, light a fire (if you have a fireplace), and light the Christmas tree. Make it an event by inviting friends over who also have preschoolers so that your child can enjoy the company of other children while making the gingerbread houses.
After you have finished creating your gingerbread house, use the remaining candy to decorate sugar cookies or have a fun hot chocolate party with your preschooler. Once the activities are complete, make sure to clean up the area to avoid any accidents. Have your preschooler help you clean up the area to teach them valuable lessons about cleaning after themselves.
So, light up the fireplace, put on some Christmas music, and make some lasting memories by creating your own DIY gingerbread house with your preschooler.
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