Gingerbread originated in the Crusades and was originally made using breadcrumbs, boiled with honey and seasoned heavily with spices. It was pressed onto cookie boards (carved slabs of wood with religious designs) and dried. Mmmm doesnt that sound tasty. Thankfully gingerbread has evolved using more modern ingredients! Gingerbread became associated with Christmas when speculaas (gingerbread cookies) were made into animal and people shapes and used as holiday decorations.
Each year in our house we make and decorate a gingerbread house at the beginning of December… when I say make I mean that quite loosely – we put together a ready made Ikea one. Its great fun and typically we eat more sweets and icing than makes it onto the gingerbread but I think really that’s the point! I have collected here for you a dozen gingerbread inspired activities for you and your kids to craft, eat and give in celebration of the season.
From left to right, top to bottom:
- Chocolate Gingerbread men with Candy Canes via Evermine Occassions
- Homemade Gingerbread Play Dough Recipe via Housing a Forest
- Gingerbread Men Cookie Sticks via Munchkin Munchies
- DIY Gingerbread Body Butter via Frugal Mom Eh!
- Gingerbread Bath Salt via Save More Spend Less
- Gingerbread Gift Tag Cookies via Sweet Tooth
- Gingerbread Sugar Scrub ‘Cubes’ via A Pumpkin and a Princess
- Gingerbread Fudge via The Lady Behind the Cutain
- Gingerbread Kettle Corn via Wine and Glue
- Gingerbread Tree via Sugar and Charm
- Homemade Gingerbread Gift Tags and Garlands via Decorator’s Notebook
- Recycled Carton Gingerbread House via Pint-sized Treasures
Large Header Image: Donna Hay Gingerbread Men Garland via Lifestyle Food
Feature Image (from front page): Stress Free Tips For Making A Christmas Gingerbread House via My Name is Snicker Doodle