I figured, a kit? How lame!
Let me just say one word. Wrong!
I caved in a bought the $9.99 kit at WalMart when I was shopping one morning without Reese. I figured I'd surprise him with something he really wanted!
The kit contained pre-pressed/baked gingerbread parts for the house along with a man, woman, & tree shape. Plus a tube of icing & bags of various candies. There's no way I could have purchased all these parts for under $10.
And it came with the most nifty idea ever...a tray with little reservoirs to put icing into...it holds up your walls of the house so they don't fall!
Reese was really cracking me up with his design plan. His gingerbread house needed to look exactly like the one pictured on the box. Including the pattern of colored candies, the placement of certain types of sweets, & the number and order of colors of buttons on the gingerbread man!
I kept trying to encourage him to make his gingerbread house any way he wants. It doesn't have to look like the picture on the box at all! But he was steadfast in his design choices, so I began to look at it in a different light. This was some good work in visual skills and memory skills! Using the house on the box as a model, Reese picked the candies that matched, the colors that matched, & placed them the same way. If it wasn't the most creative house from his brain, it was at least a good opportunity to practice some visual skills! :)
Reese loved his finished product, and Mommy thought the gingerbread house kit was pure genius. Nothing fell. Nothing dripped. It was a very easy, fun craft project!