The holiday season is all about fun and family. It’s about food and festive activities. One of the most fun, festive activities that involves food and family is making and decorating gingerbread. It’s a great activity to do with the kids. And the results are delicious! I don’t know about you, but gingerbread sure sounds appealing to me right now. Stores are starting to put gingerbread out on the shelves and kids are likely to start noticing and asking to take some home. They may even have some school activities involving gingerbread. But if you want to spend some time making gingerbread with your kids at home, you have options.
There are actually lots of different ways to have fun with gingerbread. You can find kits that have pre-made gingerbread, or make gingerbread men (or other shapes of your choosing) from scratch. You can even make gingerbread cookies and turn them into homemade ornaments for the Christmas tree (to eat once the holiday is over, of course)! If you need some ideas on gingerbread baking, Taste.com.au has some fantastic collections of Christmas gingerbread for you to peruse. If you are keen on making your gingerbread from scratch, you can find some gingerbread men shaped cookie cutters by Linea at House of Fraser. There is also a really great I Love Gingerbread baking kit by Seedling that you can get from John Lewis. It comes with an oven mitt, cookie cutters and a recipe, so that you and the kids can have a fun afternoon baking and bonding over gingerbread.
If you are not the “from scratch” type of person (that’s me), you can find pre-made gingerbread and have fun with the kids just decorating. I know that with my lack of baking skills, this option is more likely to taste good! And if you are in the same boat, I suggest something like a “build your own” gingerbread kit. John Lewis sells these in various shapes, like gingerbread men and a gingerbread train. You can also find kits that have gingerbread houses. No matter which option you choose, your kids will have a fantastic time being creative and decorating their gingerbread. And yes, they are going to want to eat their creations, which is fine. Just give them some time to enjoy their masterpieces before they devour them. And be sure to take some pictures so they have the memories of gingerbread making to look back on when they bake and decorate with their own kids someday.
For those of you who would love to make gingerbread from scratch, have a recipe on us: