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Sometimes it feels like every holiday activity for kids is full of sugar, and although I love it when my kids are sweet I don’t want them to be an uncontrollable sugary ball bouncing off the walls. I know that making gingerbread houses isn’t considered a meal, but whenever I make them with my kids no matter how many times I remind them to put more decorations on their house then in their mouth it seems like the opposite always happens. This year I got smart and planned ahead by limiting the sugary treat decorations and found some alternatives for the kids to use and our gingerbread houses look just as colorful and festive as ever!
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Better For You Decoration Ideas:
Sugar free candy
Color frosting with food coloring
We found all our decoration ideas at Walmart, including our Honey Maid graham crackers and Teddy Grahams in the cookie and cracker isle.
Royal Icing Recipe
3 egg whites beaten until stiff
About 4 C. sifted powdered sugar
Beat egg whites until white and fluffy, and then gradually add powdered sugar until icing is thick enough it doesn’t run, but still easy enough to spread or pipe with. It dries fast, so be sure to use it right away or store in an air tight container.
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I cut out some cardboard and built a house using royal icing and Honey Maid graham crackers. The graham crackers are so nice to use because they are the perfect size and don’t have to be made from scratch (who has time for that!?!) I let the icing dry overnight so the kids could decorate the houses without worrying about knocking them over.
The next day I gave the kids some royal frosting, a plastic knife, and a bunch of decorations and let them create. They had so much fun and didn’t notice the lack of sugar. They even stuffed their houses full of our decorating supplies to save for later.
Their favorite decoration was the Teddy Grahams which inspired them to make little teddy bear families and stories to go along with their gingerbread houses–totally adorable and so fun!
More Gingerbread Ides:
Honey Maid graham crackers has a whole page of Holiday House ideas to inspire you here: Honey Maid Holiday House Ideas.