My mom got the girls a gingerbread house kit when we were out after-Thanksgiving shopping at the beach. The idea was that they would put it together at the beach, but that didn’t happen. Then she was going to do it with them over Kaitlyn’s birthday weekend, but, you know, we were really busy. But she left the kit, so at one of the playdates we had over Christmas break Kaitlyn and her friend and I put the house together.
Note to other people thinking of doing this: You are supposed to let the walls dry an hour before putting on the roof, and then let the roof dry 2-3 hours before decorating. I read this after telling the girls we were going to make a gingerbread house. We just winged it. I think that if I had the house ready to decorate it would have been better for 6-year-old attention spans. And my sanity.
That being said, the house was fun to do, and has been a beloved centerpiece for the rest of the season! And Keith enjoyed eating the leftover gumdrops.