So building a traditional gingerbread house has been a flop at our house a time or two. The kits come cracked, the bread is heavy, and the girls are so little they can't really do any of it independently. Many years ago, we started making these little houses that use a milk carton, like the ones you get at school lunch, as a form. We cover the cartons in graham crackers and decorate them just as you would a gingerbread house with candy, cookies, and trim galore. I even use store bought icing because somethings are worth saving time for. The girls can do it 100% by themselves, and they enjoy it so very much.
It's no surprise that my artist spent a good long while decorating her house. She used just about every embellishment known to man, and even built snowflakes out of icing and marshmallows.
Molly went right to work choosing only to use all red gumdrops on one side.
She didn't finish the entire house by herself mostly because she was too busy eating entire spoonfuls of icing. Oh my girl!
Doesn't everyone decorate a gingerbread house while wearing cat ears? This girl has enough personality for all of us.
Molly's house ended up being decorated by me a bit. She was off and playing after about 10 minutes. Here is her house.
Anna Mei's creation was all her own this year though. It was a fun, fun day!