Build a festive Gingerbread House with Crayola® Model Magic®. Everyone can help decorate-without a kitchen!
Gingerbread has been a sweet treat for a long time. During the Middle Ages, ginger was the second-most traded spice between Asia and Europe. Why? It preserves cakes (and tastes good, too). In England, gingerbread was popular to eat at fairs.
Building houses from spiced cakes is a German tradition. Remember the witch's house in Hansel and Gretel? Gingerbread was often gilded (covered in gold). The word came to mean something that was showy and pretty. Have you heard the term used to describe some kinds of houses?
In the United States, these traditions came together. Some places now have gingerbread house shows at the winter holidays. Find pictures of gingerbread houses. Here's a new way to make a Gingerbread House as a class project.
Find a recycled box. Make a roof peak by taping two box flaps into a triangle.
Mix and knead different colors of Crayola® Model Magic® to create the colors you want.
Roll modeling material out into sizes that will cover the box sides and roof. Secure pieces on box, one side at a time with Crayola School Glue. Lay flat to air dry before doing another side.
Pinch and glue sides and roof parts together. Air dry.
With more Model Magic, design a textured roof, windows, doors, a chimney, and other decorative elements.
Glue finished house on recycled cardboard. Add a pathway, shrubs, and light if you wish. Air dry before displaying.
If you want a shiny Gingerbread House, mix equal parts of glue and water. Cover your art area with newspaper. Apply the glaze to your house with a Crayola So Big Brush. Air dry.
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