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Family fun is the theme during December in our house. I’m always searching for great Christmas activities we will all enjoy.
This week, I found a winner when we read a Mortimer’s Christmas Manger and created Mortimer inspired gingerbread houses. It was so much fun that I turned our activity into a fun family gift basket so another family can make memories!
If you are looking for a fun family Advent activity, a great Christmas picture book themed activity, or a gift basket idea look no further! For a great family Christmas activity or present, create this DIY Gingerbread house experience gift basket.
My family loves the story, Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson. It’s the story of a mouse, who takes up residence in a nativity set, until he learns that the baby he removed from the manger is Jesus. After returning baby Jesus to his bed, he prays for a house of his own, and finds a gingerbread house perfect for a mouse.
After reading Mortimer’s Christmas Manger, why not create your own gingerbread house? This year my children and I created easier (and healthier) houses out of Honey Maid Graham Crackers with fruit decorations.
For the gift basket, simply include the book Mortimer’s Christmas Manger, a box of Honey Maid graham crackers, a jar of icing glue mix, and add a few gingerbread house decorations to help get the fun started!
To make gingerbread house glue use 2 cups of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of meringue powder, and 2-3 tablespoons of water.
This recipe is perfect for gifting. Just pour the powdered sugar and meringue powder in a pint jar and add a gift tag label. On the back of the label write “mix with 2 to 3 tablespoons of water until the icing becomes glue consistency.”
But once the girls sat at the table, it was clear they each had their own ideas. I loved sitting back to watch their creativity and fun! One daughter was completely determined to create her house independently- even if it making a triangle meant eating the graham cracker down to the correct size. While another daughter ate more shredded coconut snow than made it to her house.
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