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Gingerbread Houses and Buildings

gingerbread house

Gingerbread Houses

Practice decorating real gingerbread houses while the ginger bread cookie dough is hot in the oven. Print and color these houses with markers or crayons. Decorate A-Frames and Castles along with regular houses.

Design your own style of ginger bread house. Make a learning project to examine various architectural styles and apply the designs to gingerbread houses.

The kiddies will learn about construction of buildings while decorating candy houses.

If you would build a building which sort of building would you build?

  • Dog house
  • Apartment Complex
  • Bird House
  • Sky Scraper
  • Gingerbread House

Consider the purpose of the structure. Think of a castle. What walls, windows, furniture or kinds of people would go into such a building? Kings and queens, of course, plus all sorts of rank and staff, wait persons, butlers, cooks and guards.

  • What if the castle is a meant for a fish bowl...where would the fish put all those people?
  • How about dogs houses? Dogs may live in people houses but most people would not be happy living in dog houses.
  • Tall skyscraper buildings in big cities can be business offices.
  • Apartments, hotels, motels and condominiums are alternative places for people who don't want to live in houses.
  • Barns are out-buildings built on country farms or large acreages. Some barns contain livestock, other contain hay bales or farm equipment.
  • Outdoor structures such as garages and sheds protect hold just about anything that must or can be stored outdoors from rain, snow and other inclement weather.

Materials To Keep On Hand

Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.

Sun catchers. To create a translucent, stained glass ornaments effect, apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of paper ornaments to create a.

Hang the ornaments on trees, in windows, anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired.

Construct a large paper-tree for the wall with shades of green construction paper. Draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface, then decorate with paper ornaments.

  • Types of Paper:
    • Construction - many colors
    • Copier - many colors
    • Tissue
    • Crepe
    • Cardboard
    • Cardstock - many colors
    • Tracing
    • Water-color
    • Drawing
    • Onionskin
    • Paper tubes - TP tissue, paper towel and gift-wrap
    • Foam craft sheets - many colors
    • Magnet sheets - Make refrigerator magnets
    • Stiff Stencil - Paint repeating patterns on items, embroidery, latch-hook rug patterns
    • Felt sheets - Make filled or layered ornaments
  • Some Mediums & Tools to keep handy for the creative process.
    • Colorful Markers - fine to thick point
    • Wax Crayons - stock up around school sales
    • Water color sets - and plastic tablecloths
    • Chalk - many colors
    • Colored pencils - many colors
    • Tempura finger paints - primary colors - mixing to discover is half the fun
    • Paint brushes - fine tip to standard school size child's brush size at least.
    • Straws - paper not plastic
    • Tooth picks - age appropriate
    • Sponges - cut into shapes or purchase for blotting paint shapes
    • Needlepoint, embroidery thread and stretcher hoops
    • Puffy paint and glitter - to draw words, images and shapes on cloth
    • Wine corks
    • Celluclay - A handy pulverized paper product that resembles clay for paper mache'
    • Modeling clay - reusable, come in colors, good for making molds
    • Pottery clay - Only if you expect to use a kiln
    • Silicon molds and release spray
    • Wooden shapes - to paint for ornaments and gifts
    • Decal sheets for window decals
    • Cloth scrap pieces left overs from sewing
    • Clay modeling tools - ll sorts, combs, forks, dental picks, anything to make interesting cuts and patterns
    • Plain tee shirts