Noah woke up the other morning and exclaimed, “It smells like Christmas!” He made a good point – our made-from-scratch gingerbread house doubles both as holiday decor and a delightful air freshener of cinnamon candy and spices.
This week I’m bringing you a new tutorial for kids in the kitchen. It’s called The After School Gingerbread Project: 5 simple steps. 2 happy kids. 1 edible house.
Constructing a gingerbread house from scratch is an activity my children look forward to all year. This Christmas, I decided to let them do it all by themselves. They had supervision, of course, but I was behind the camera 99% of the time. They did a great job! It was thrilling to see how much pride they took in their handiwork.
We broke the after school gingerbread project down into five steps that can each be done in under 30 minutes.
The steps can be completed after school or after dinner. Here’s how they are broken down:
Today: Introduction to the project.
Day 1: List of ingredients and equipment.
Day 2: Make and chill the dough.
Day 3: Cut and bake the pieces.
Day 4: Prepare Royal Icing + assemble the base.
Day 5: Decorate!
You may want to make two or more houses depending on how many children will be joining it. I decided I wanted my boys to work together on one as they can always benefit from learning how to work together in peace and harmony.
They did a great job! I can’t wait to get this tutorial started. UPDATE: It is complete and LIVE!
It is sure to be an activity your children will look forward to it each day.
Tune in tomorrow for the after school gingerbread project!