First, this is not my original idea. I’ve seen variations of them in multiple places.
I bought a box of Aldi graham crackers and broke them all to make squares.
Each house uses 6 squares. If you use every cracker in an Aldi box, there will be just enough for 9 houses.
Then I made some Royal Icing with 4 cups powdered sugar, 3 egg whites and 1 teaspoon cream of tarter. I used a hand mixer to beat it. The recipe said for 5 minutes but mine was “right” after 30 seconds.
Now, take 6 cracker squares and shape your houses, using the icing to hold the pieces together, you could use a bag but I used a knife for some and just dipped the edges for some. You will have to hold the pieces for a few seconds while they set but mine set up fast.
Each house was made on a disposable plate.
Then I looked to see what candy was lingering in our pantry. I found plenty. I opened or unwrapped as needed and put the candy on divided dishes.
Then I called in the 5 grands that were here.
The houses are very simple but these were two were very excited about them.
I sat with them and spread the icing on their houses so they could stick on candy.
This was fun and much simpler than baking a gingerbread head from scratch.
Any old candy is fine. The kids didn’t are at all that they had a jumble of candy with no rhyme or reason, they just like the hands on decorating part.