Home Construction: Holiday Style

The holidays offer us time to reflect on the past year and the new year ahead; the season of good tidings also brings us closer to our loved ones giving us more opportunities to spend time with them and create new memories.

In celebration of that extra quality time, we decided to highlight a way that you can build on the significant relationships in your life.

How can you do that?

Simple. Build a Gingerbread House together!

Gingerbread houses are fun to bake, decorate, build, and ultimately eat. It is an activity that can involve the whole family, fostering teamwork, cooperation, and sharing of a collective vision. The project can be large or small ranging from a tiny gingerbread village to a solitary cabin. No matter the scale of the project fun is always guaranteed, and to help you get started we have included some tips and tricks below and some visual inspiration.

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Gingerbread House Construction Tips:

Get the right texture

“Use royal icing, because it dries hard. It should be thick, like peanut butter. If your icing is too runny, mix in some powdered sugar. Keep it covered when not in use because it starts to dry out right away.”

Lay it flat

“Decorate the separate pieces of the house and let them dry before putting the house together. It’s easier for kids to add candies on a flat surface. Plus, the candies will stay put and not fall off as they work.”

Let it dry

Beddall says patience is the most important part of gingerbread house making. “Most gingerbread disasters collapses, and frustrations happen because the icing hasn’t had an adequate amount of time to dry. It’s not always easy for kids to be patient, so it’s a good idea to have some other activity lined up in between steps to distract kids while they’re waiting to work on the house.”

“Each attachment needs at least a couple of hours before being handled or moved,” she says. “After the individual pieces have dried, I put the walls together, let those dry for a couple of hours again, and then add the roof pieces.”

If you’re working with kids, keep in mind that they can’t do it all themselves. “Putting the walls and roof of the house together is best done with the help of an adult,” she says. “While kids can definitely help with these steps, their hands may not be quite steady enough to hold the walls and roof firmly on their own.” 

Take a shortcut 

“There’s nothing like baking from scratch, but there’s no shame in buying a pre-baked kit,” she says. “Most kids’ favorite part of making the house is the decorating!”

We love to share good home construction tips so with the holiday season nearly in full effect we thought it only right to practice the gift of giving by sharing these tips with you!

Happy Building! 

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