Day One: Baking
I made patterns out of wax paper for the sides and roof of the house. Then my tot and I mixed up the gingerbread dough while my preschooler was busy at school. I later rolled out the dough and used a knife and the wax paper patterns to cut the gingerbread dough into the correct size and shape. Then I baked the house pieces and let them cool overnight.
Day Two: Construction
I assembled the house while my preschooler sprinkled snow and laid out a walkway. We did this part of our gingerbread house at night, so my hubby had the very important job of keeping my tot entertained and way from all the candy!
Day Three: Decorating!!
My preschooler started off extremely enthusiastic about decorating. At first she even tried to make patterns with the colored candies on the roof. But after a few minutes we found that working together to decorate was a lot less tiring and whole lot more fun!
This was the third year our family made a gingerbread house. It has quickly become one of my favorite holiday traditions!
The gingerbread dough recipe, house pattern and royal icing recipe I used can all be found at Just Gingerbread.com