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Toddler "Gingerbread" House

This morning (before I went to the dentist) Hazel and I made a "gingerbread" house out of graham crackers. I learned this technique from a friend who is a preschool teacher. What you need is an empty and cleaned milk carton--cup or pint size work best for toddlers, graham crackers, frosting, and candy or things to decorate with.

The milk carton is the form of the house and gives it stability. You put frosting right on it and stick the graham crackers on it. Hazel loved putting the frosting on the milk carton.

Once you have the graham crackers (you may need to help with the roof and the triangular shape up to the roof--I just broke the corners and hid any holes with frosting), you spread frosting on it to decorate. We started with the roof. hazel loved putting the candies on. Since M&M's are her favorite she kept telling me she wanted to save them to eat later.
Then we decided the lollipops could be people, so we put them on the front of the house and one on the back. Hazel tried to use the flavors she doesn't like very much for the house.
We spent about 30-45 minutes doing this. It was a lot of fun. We bought a kit to do a gingerbread train. We'll see how it turns out.
Have a sweet day!!


6 comments:

Jill@babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, Oh My! said...

Anything with the word toddler in front of I am all over it! What a great idea with the little carton inside!!

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said...

Super cute. And I love how smart you where to put something inside to make it sturdier! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you next week,
Beth =-)

Jackie Higgins said...

Great idea to use graham crackers. My gingerbread cookies never turn out well! Looks delicious.

Megan said...

wow. this seems so easy with graham crackers!

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Lori said...

Looks easy, but I always fail at these! Thanks for sharing!

Lori

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We are so going to do this next year!

I hope you will link this post to my Christmas Traditions Link Up in the Crafts category. It starts tomorrow!