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A favorite family Christmas tradition of ours is to make Gingerbread houses.  My kids look forward to this every year…and we’ve made great memories!  Below I am sharing pictures of some past gingerbread houses as well as tips on how to make your gingerbread house making experience great!  (we’ve learned what works best!)
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Tip 1:  You can choose a boxed house but before the kids begin to decorate it, it’s a good idea to put it together beforehand so it can set before you add your goodies.

I LOVE individual mini houses with graham crackers.  AND my secret….HOT glue them together before.  Ha!  It works like a charm and prevents frustration.  Kids love decorating the best, so if the houses are ready, and sturdy, it’s much more of a success.  Plus…they don’t really eat it right, except maybe picking candy off:)

Tip 2:  I love having each house on a plate (a festive one) and HOT glue the house to the plate…Sneaky:)  You can write each child’s name on their plate or use the tag I made below to label each child’s house.

sm gingerbread house 4 Tip 3:  Make individual bags of frosting.  This helps the little ones.  Plus everyone can get in on the action.

Tip 4:  Put candies in individual little cups….you can even label the candy in a fun way ex. mini m & m’s (Christmas lights), mini marshmallows (snowballs), green gumdrops (sparkly shrubs), lifesavers (festive wreaths) You can make it really fun!

sm gingerbread house 2 Tip 5:  Let your kids go crazy!  I love that each one is different!  The kids’ put their personality into it!  I love watching them get creative and make their masterpiece.

Tip 6:  And LAST, invite friends or family to join in on the fun.  We love to do this activity with cousins and it makes it so much more fun.  Plus each guest can bring different candies, which make for more Gingerbread house decor! sm gingerbread house 1 sm gingerbread house 5

I have made a few printables to share.  Use the fold over label to write each child’s name and label their house.

The other tags are for labeling the candy.  Use fun names like listed above to add to the fun!

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