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Easy "Gingerbread" Houses

We went to a holiday party and made the cutest, and easiest, “gingerbread houses” you’ll ever see.  Each child received a box with a cardboard square, an empty milk carton, six squares of graham crackers, a container of white icing, a plastic knife, and assorted candies.  The idea is to glue the graham crackers to the carton to make the house.  We spread the icing on each of the four sides of the milk carton and pressed the graham crackers firmly to the sides.  Then we attached the carton to the cardboard with icing.  Next we put a lot of icing on the top of the carton and attached two more graham crackers, creating a peaked, or triangle, effect.  Once that was done, we decorated the house with icing and candies.  My daughter decided she wanted “snow” on the roof, so she covered the roof with icing and added mini M&Ms.  She made doors with pieces of red licorice.  We made a quick pastry bag with a small ziplock bag by cutting a tiny hole in one corner, and piped windows, and then used the rest to decorate the rest of the house.  I found similar instructions for the house at Kids’ Turn Central and at Martha Stewart’s site.  Have fun!   

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