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« on: December 05, 2010 05:47:47 PM »

So I am teaching English in Japan, and have been asked to do special Christmas lessons starting this Wednesday. As part of it, I want to have the children make gingerbread houses. For a number of reasons, we will be making them as decoration only.

So, we are using cardboard forms to which the children will adhere cookies and candy.

I have two problems:

1. I cannot acquire powdered sugar in economical amounts (I can only get small, expensive packets) so I need to make a substitute "icing" that looks like white frosting and dries hard

2. I cannot decide if i should cover the houses in cookies ahead of time and then let the kids put on the candies as final decoration, or if I should let them go for it.

Please help! どもありがとございます!
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2010 06:00:17 PM »

You know, I remember putting regular sugar in a blender and trying to grind/grate it to make powdered sugar, but I can't remember if it worked or not. :/
I don't have a blender at my apartment or else I would try it out for you.
What about dough? You know, putting it in a piping bag and using it just like icing. You could even color it. Let me try and see if I can find a recipe that holds in the details when it dries.

As far as #2 is concerned... I would just let them go for it, but I guess it does depend on how old they are.
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2010 06:46:10 PM »

My mom has told me you can put granulated sugar in a blender and blend it into powdered sugar, but I don't know if that is true.

If they are old enough that they wont try to eat it, you could use drywall paste or spackling compound.

I just made gingerbread houses with my son's kindergarten class.  We used empty pint milk cartons and used graham crackers as the base.  We constructed the houses the day before and let the kids decorate them the next day with candy.
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2010 09:57:13 PM »

Hey guys, great ideas!

I'm afraid that the blender trick wouldn't work in this case because I have so many classes that I am doing this with.

BUT the wall spackle is a great idea. I am going to the local hardware store tonight.

I am also going to try the dough idea and make a dough out of paste/flour/water and see how well that works.

Any other ideas? Tonight is my test night! :-D
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2010 12:17:41 PM »

oh, it might be too late... but what about puff paint?
Here's an article on ehow on how to make your own puff paint:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4857130_make-puff-paint.html
Looks like it's just salt + flower + water.
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