They don’t talk about St. Patrick’s Day at my son’s Jewish preschool, but I think it’s important for him to be exposed to other religions and holidays. We introduced the idea of leprechauns and shamrocks last year with a St. Patrick’s Day gingerbread house, and he loved the craft project so much that he recently asked if we could do it again.
Unfortunately, I hadn’t thought to buy and save a gingerbread house kit in December, and while I could’ve made gingerbread from scratch, I wasn’t going to. So I decided to think outside the box. How could we make a St. Patrick’s Day gingerbread house without actually using gingerbread?
A box. Specifically, a gingerbread treat box from Oriental Trading.
Before we began, I was concerned that Levi would complain about the lack of frosting and large assortment of sugary candy, but he was more than happy to play with stickers and explain how to use the hot glue gun. (For future reference, you slide in the glue stick before you plug in the glue gun.)
The full St. Patrick’s Day gingerbread house tutorial is up today on Oriental Trading’s blog. Click over for the step-by-step instructions and links to the actual products we used.
How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next week? By drinking green beer? Eating corned beef and cabbage? Making non-edible gingerbread houses? Tell me in the comments below!