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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. Ask students if they have ever heard the term used to describe some kinds of houses?
Provide students with recycled magazines and access to the Internet to seek out pictures of gingerbread houses. Students use these images as motivation to create an original gingerbread house 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 the art area with recycled newspaper. Apply the glaze to your house with a paintbrush. Air dry.