It’s time to build a gingerbread house! What a great family activity. Of course that means you’ll want to make trees, a pond, fences and flowerbeds out of all those little bits. There are plenty of websites to guide you through your gingerbread mixture and the snowy white frosting that glues everything together.
Yes this is a candy project, could it be something else? Take the children with you when you go shopping. Look through the bulk section of the grocery store. Ask them what kind of alternative foods might make an interesting sculpture. You may consider using graham crackers and dried fruit or nuts, maybe even popcorn to supplement or replace candy. It’s not often they get a chance to play with their food and of course they will be licking their fingers and nibbling during the creative phase.
When their input is invited kids can surprise you with their curiosity and imagination, especially in an art project. Look for color, texture and shape. This becomes an opportunity to explain why some foods are healthier than others. Sure they are going to want candy on their house, that’s okay for a special occasion, especially if it’s for display only.
You can even register your architecture to show at the Port Festival coming Sat Dec 8th in Fairhaven, anyone can enter. Whether you enter or not, it is a delight to view the many houses and other structures that people of varied groups put together, and you get to vote for your favorite.