Let me share a few tips of what NOT to do:
- Find a good recipe. Try this Ginger Snap recipe that worked great last year. I tried a new one this year because I didn't have a kitchen scale to use. In hind sight, it would have been worth the investment.
- Don't pull the dough out of the refrigerator too early. I let it sit on the counter too long, and it was too soft.
- Don't roll the dough too thin. Our pieces warped as I transferred them to the pan, and they were too thin to support the weight of the decorating.
Here are a few tips of things that can help the process:
- Make sure you have everything ready before you call the kids to come decorate.
- Give a few pointers to the kids before starting, such as "be gentle" and "don't poke holes in your roof with a candy cane."
- Release control. Don't let your preset ideas or need for order to limit the creativity of your little ones.
We had a great time decorating our houses, in spite of a few mishaps. One of the roofs collapsed and needed a quick repair job and I only made enough dough for three houses between four kids.
Joshua and Abigail shared a house, each decorating one side. It was fun to see their different styles on the same little house.
And here is the finished house! The little snowman peeps were the perfect touch to our festive gingerbread house!