There’s no reason to confine gingerbread houses to the Christmas season. So when we found ourselves surrounded by too much Easter candy, we found a better use of all those empty calories.
Our “gingerbread” houses are made with graham crackers glued together with a simple powdered sugar “cement.” Kids can put their engineering skills to the test by designing houses. Then they’ll draw from their artistic sides to decorate their houses with color and creativity.
Paper plates or cardboard for the base
Resealable plastic bags
An assortment of candy for decorations
Mix 2 cups powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons hot water in a medium-sized bowl. Stir well to make a thick icing. If it’s too thick, add a teaspoon of water and mix. If it’s too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.
Spoon icing into a resealable plastic bag and seal shut. Snip off one corner of the bag.
Begin construction by squeezing icing from the corner of the icing bag along the edges of a graham cracker. Attach onto the base as the first wall.
Continue with the rest of the walls. We went with a simple 4-square wall house with a slanted roof, but kids can come up with their own designs. Allow the icing to dry before decorating.
Now it’s time to use the icing to glue on all the glossy jelly beans, gum drops and other candies. Once the house is finished, cement the bunnies in place and add artificial grass for a complete spring tableau. Beautiful!
For more Maker Monday projects and other fun stuff for kids, visit the Kidsburgh Activities page.