Tot Tuesday is a weekly feature where I highlight a special kids activity, frugal recipe for kids, kids tutorial, etc.
This will be the last Tot Tuesday post of 2010, so I thought we should go out with a sugar induced coma. The other day, I was browsing through Momtastic and found this adorable recipe for a Mini Candyland House. I am not a fan of gingerbread, so the fact that this used Graham Crackers was a huge plus to me!
I’ll admit, I generally buy the kits at the store to make our yearly Gingerbread Houses.
Unfortunately, those kits are way too expensive and to be honest, the candy really stinks. I wanted good candy and I wanted to use stuff I already had on hand! We did make a small candy run to Walgreens, but spent less than $4.
I portioned out our candy into a handy little plastic serving dish I have:
The icing was a breeze to make, but I didn’t realize just how rough my kiddos would be on their houses. Honestly, I should have made the houses and let them dry before handing them over to my over eager toddlers (I can still call my son a toddler right? He’s not 4 until March!).
It started off really well, but very quickly this (above) turned into this (below):
After assuring him it was okay and we would still decorate our Candyland Piles, he got back to work.
Lizzie was a bit bothered by how sunny it was outside, but she had a lot of fun building her Candyland Pile as well.
The finished product wasn’t quite what we expected, but we had so much fun! I highly encourage you to make some Candyland Houses (or Piles!) with your little ones while you await Christmas! For maximum success, build your houses before you hand them over to your excited children. It’s not necessary though. Even with a less than stellar after product, we had:
Candy+Icing+Graham Crackers=Fun times for all!
For the recipe and a Non-Heather Tutorial, check out this awesome craft on Momtastic.
Tot Tuesday won’t be back until 2011! This is my favorite series though, so I’ll be bringing it back in early January though!