December 21, 2015
Are you looking for some fun and creative ways to get the kids involved with the holiday festivities? The holiday season really is one of the best times of the year to be young. You are out of school, you get presents, and spend time with your family, but most importantly, you get to eat a ton of cookies. Harness this enthusiastic hunger by throwing a gingerbread house decorating party. They will get to exercise their creativity and they will get an awesome treat at the end of the day.
Preparation and Planning
They key to a good gingerbread house decorating party is ample preparation and planning. You want everything to be set of for the kids so they can just dive in when they arrive. There are two absolute essentials for making gingerbread houses, frosting and actual gingerbread! There are lots easy gingerbread recipes out there, so feel free to pick out one that stands out to you. If you don’t want to go through all the work of baking, you can always opt to use graham crackers. As for frosting, if you are making it from scratch, we recommend you avoid using eggs as it is will probably be sitting out for a while.
Things really start getting fun once you introduce the decorations. Candy is kind. Try to include sweets of lots of shapes and sizes so that the kids can decorate however they want. Skittles, licorice, pretzels, chocolates, and gumdrops are always hits.
When the kids sit down to start creating, try to hang back a little bit and let them do things on their own. If they ask for help, go ahead and intervene, but this is a good chance for them to practice their creativity and critical thinking skills. Most importantly, remember to make sure everyone is having a blast!
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