The holidays are officially in full swing around here. If your family is like mine and ready to kick off the Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities, try one of the easy gingerbread house kits that are out there. If I can do this, you can do it! And more importantly, your kids can too. Affiliate links are included in this post.
Holiday Fun Made Easy
I make no bones about it: I am not the craftiest person around.
Sure, my Pinterest feed makes it look that way, but let’s be real: if it’s not easy enough for my 7-year-old to do it, it’s probably not easy enough for me to do it either.
So I was thrilled when Bee International partnered with me on these Gingerbread Houses for the holidays.
The link and lock design could basically be called Gingerbread Houses for Dummies.
But we’ll be cool and just call it the best gingerbread house kit.
They sent us two Gingerbread Houses and we promised to 1) have fun and 2) share the results of our creations.
We did not promise to share the delicious Gingerbread, however.
Which is good, because, um… we ate it all.
You’re on your own there, friends!
Best Gingerbread House Kit
We’ve been in November for about a week now.
And (already) the kids were begging for crafts and baking, you know, two things not in my wheelhouse!
Though I try- and sometimes have a bit of success (see Candy Cane Cherry Cheese Danish as exhibit A.)
It was the perfect time to break out these Gingerbread House kits and give them a go.
The interlocking panels (which are a patented Link & Lock design, so don’t go stealing ideas!) made this a stress free experience.
And we managed to get the houses up in record time!
Plus you need less icing to get the house to stand with the Link & Lock design, which meant more icing to decorate.
If you’re looking at Gingerbread House kits in the store, make sure you find these because trust me, the interlocking panels make ALL the difference.
Hands down, these are the best Gingerbread House kits I’ve seen this year.
What You Need To Know About The Gingerbread House Kits
Before we get to the assembly, I gotta give a quick shoutout to all the reasons why this mom loved the Bee International Gingerbread House Kit.
And love is an accurate word here.
Why these are the best Gingerbread House Kit on the market:
- No baking required (bless it- and thank you!)
- Everything we needed was in the kit: Gingerbread panels, candy, and the icing
- The whole Bee International’s Gingerbread House Kit line featured the Link & Lock system and you have choices such as
- Classic kits are available as well as specialized ones featuring PAW Patrol
- Kits have been available since October: buy them online on Amazon and in retail stores across the country
- Suggest retail price is $9.99 to $19.99
Assembling the Gingerbread House Kit
As my kids will say, we GOT IT, MOM.
So let’s get on to the good stuff!
My daughters are 13 and 7 and did 90% of this on their own.
They did get some help from Mom with assembly (I held the panels together to ensure tight fits) but honestly, this was mostly their project.
Step 1: Read the Instructions
While this kit is seriously made for easy construction, we read the instructions before we started.
It’s a good way to get the kids involved and make sure they can’t blame me if something goes wrong later.
Spoiler alert: nothing went wrong!
It was super easy, but read the back of the box anyway.
Step 2: Inside the Gingerbread House Kit
Like I mentioned before: it’s all inside for you.
Comes ready to assemble. You do want to open up the bags of candy and set them aside in bowls plus knead the icing a bit.
Other than that: the Gingerbread House kit comes ready to rock and roll.
Step 3: Gingerbread Houses, ASSEMBLE!
And here’s where things got fun.
The girls giggled and laughed the whole time while I snapped some pictures, licked the icing off my fingers, and swiped a few Bottlecap candies.
Once the sides and roof are put on, you patiently wait for the icing to set.
This doesn’t take long- and Lucy suggests reading a book to pass the time!
Step 4: Decorate With the Best Gingerbread House Kit Candy
And try not to pick things off as soon as you add them to the roof?
I know, I know… it’s hard, parents, but we do need to model restraint!
I might have gotten a few looks from the girls as I swiped a few “shingles” then pointed out they left a hole.
They were not amused that I called it “hail damage” and tried to explain the whole home insurance process.
Step 5: Admire and Eat Your Final Product!
What time is it? I ask because I’m not sure our houses lasted more than an hour after assembly.
NOT because they fell down or fell apart. These babies were made to last- there was no concerns on that level.
But, um, they smelled really, really, REALLY good and we might have had Gingerbread House for breakfast.
Hey, now, it’s the holidays!
I think that kind of behavior is totally allowed.
Where You Can Find the Best Gingerbread House Kits
I found some of the Gingerbread House kits on Amazon, but you also run out (TODAY!) to the following retailers and pick up your own kit.
Find the Best Gingerbread House Kits at:
- Rite Aid
- Dollar Tree
- Big Lots
They should cost you between $9.99 and $19.99 so be sure to grab a few extras for Christmas fun!
Thanks again, Bee International, for this fun & easy (okay, and DELICIOUS) family activity.
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)