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"Gingerbread" houses

From: Phyllis
Date: 12/1/2001
Time: 4:35:24 PM
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My 4 year old students are too young to make gingerbread houses on their own, so I go to Safeway and buy some Royal icing (they will sell it to you in parts of Canada if you are a teacher). I "glue" together social tea cookies. I cut just the tops off of 2 to make a triangle (only at the top). Those are the ends Then I "glue" the ends to 2 uncut pieces - it makes a rectangle. I let it sit for an hour or so, to harden. Then I take 2 more social teas and "glue" them together so that they look like 2 sides of a triangle. Then I put them on top of the rectangle. You'll get the idea if you think about it and try it - it isn't hard, but since I have 32 students, it will take a bit of time. I make them on the weekend, and take them to school on Monday. I give the children a glop of royal icing, reminding them not to eat it, as it has raw egg in it. I buy an assortment of candies (watch for allergies) and give each child some to decorate his/her house. We take them home on styrofoam trays. Candies I use are ribbon candy, red & green smarties or M&Ms, red & green jelly beans, 1 foil wrapped Santa, and anything else that looks cute and is cheap. (It isn't a cheap project) Even though the children haven't made the houses, they are happy to decorate, and the houses look great - they are all original works of art. Remind the children to keep them away from the dogs.

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