8th Day: Gingerbread Playset

Today we had fun combining Vi’s favorite thing (doll houses) and Marshall’s favorite thing (crafts/art).  We made a fun gingerbread playset out of cardboard and construction paper!

We got the idea from a larger scale craft that Marshall and I did last year with our local mommy’s group.

What I like about this project is that we already had this stuff on hand and it was a relatively easy project for the whole family.

We used:

  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Paper bags
  • Marker
  • Construction paper
  • Cardboard box
  • Glue stick
  • x-acto knife
  • Scissors

I whipped up the gingerbread men with the toilet paper rolls, cut up paper bag, and marker while Brad cut gumdrops and candy canes out of construction paper.  Then I quickly used the x-acto knife to cut out the door and windows and added a paper bag to help with the shape of the roof.

Marshall’s blank canvas

In no time we had all the prep done and Marshall got to work decorating the house.  Meanwhile, Vi was cooing and hugging her gingerbread men dolls.

Once the house was finished we brought it out to the living room for the kids to play with.  Such a simple craft and it provides so much entertainment!


Once the excitement from the house died down, we got to work making pumpkin gingerbread biscotti.  We used the pumpkin we saved (froze) from our Halloween jack-o-lanterns!  Guys, it was so easy and SO good.  The recipe calls for a white chocolate coating at the end but I’m not a big fan of white chocolate and it was already so flavorful so we skipped that part.  Totally recommend this, I can’t wait to have another piece with my coffee in the morning!

Fun was had and treats were eaten, we ended the day with calling on the North Pole Communicator.  I couldn’t have planned it better myself- Ginger the Elf answered!!  They talked about reindeer and practiced the reindeer call “On Donner, on Dasher, on Prancer and Vixen!”

We are in for a lot of excitement over the weekend, so we headed to bed with gingerbreads dancing through our heads. I hope you’re able to find Christmas twists on some of your- or your children’s- favorite things.  Stay sweet friends!

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