I found some basic gingerbread house "plans" online, used my regular old faithful gingerbread recipe and cut out the shapes for the walls and roof. Everyone got there own to assemble. This year I grabbed a cutting kit and am going to pre-assemble the houses. I'm actually really excited to see how they turn out.
I used wrapping paper over a $2 plastic tablecloth so that I could just strip it all off and throw it away after they were done. I'm am all about easy clean up!
On the table I had squeezy bottles filled with red, green, white and yellow icing. There were containers of red & green m&ms, chocolate freckles, crushed candy canes, while mini candy canes, musk sticks, mini and large marshmallows, chocolate and caramel chips.
I also made up a few dozen sugar cookies for the kids to decorate since we were hosting a neighbourhood Christmas party the next day. Less work for me and more fun for the kids.
Everyone had their own way of approaching their house. Some assembled first, some decorated individual pieces, and some did a mix of both. It was so fun letting them just explore their creativity.
We had Christmas music on in the background, watched a Christmas movie and talked up the excitement for the season big time.
We even had a second round with some other kids. They helped me finish of decorating gingerbread cookies as well. Such a great bunch of kids, all of them!
I can't wait to do it again this year, hopefully I will remember to get some pictures of it all set up before the chaos begins.