"Gingerbread Houses" for Kids

What do little kids really want out of their Gingerbread experience?  Really.  My 3-year old wanted to decorate a house.  She wanted it colorful and fancy, and she wanted to do it herself.  She also wanted a pond.
 
She really didn't care that we used graham crackers, that her roof wasn't pointed, and that most of her decorations were whole-grain fishies and extra-fiber fruit loops (perhaps because this was her first Gingerbread House?).
 She did a fabulous job...all by herself!  If she wants to do something on her own, I try to encourage it.  I think it's empowering.
 Mmmmm...fruit loops and frosting!
 She's an artist...and she knows it!

6 comments:

Ember December 11, 2010 at 3:10 PM  

Cute idea! Did you use graham crackers to make the "house"???

Jansen Family December 11, 2010 at 5:35 PM  

Yes--graham crackers and cream cheese frosting made the house. It did need to be refrigerated, but it was tasty!

~Carla

momofmany December 11, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

very cute!! i am returning the follow :)

~heidi~

Ashley December 11, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

Soso cute!! Great idea! I haven't done gingerbread because I was intimidated but this is a great way to do it!

Ashley December 12, 2010 at 2:07 AM  

Awesome idea, I love that you let her do it however she wanted with the pond too! She is seriously SO cute!

laughwithusblog December 13, 2010 at 1:59 PM  

I love these! So much fun!