INSIDE: Gingerbread House Sticky Wall is a super fun and creative art activity for toddlers or preschoolers. Create and decorate your very own giant gingerbread house for Christmas!
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How to Make Gingerbread House Stocking Sticky Wall
Grab your brown Kraft paper and cut out the shape of a house. I cut out a triangle for the roof and rectangle for the house. Then tape these to the wall. Next, tape the your contact paper over top the house using the method below.
What is Contact Paper?
So what exactly is contact paper? It’s a translucent material that is sticky on one side. It’s great for crafts and learning activities. Generally, I like to create sticky walls with it where to you tape it up on the wall using masking or painter’s tape. But contact paper is also used for making sun catchers.
Contact paper has one side that is very very sticky, so unrolling it and taping it to a wall can be a little tricky. Here’s how I do it:
Stick the sticky wall up on the wall using small rolled up pieces of tape in the four corners. Make sure the paper backing side is facing out.
Peel the paper backing off to expose one small corner of the sticky paper. Continue peeling the paper backing off until one side is exposed. Tape that side down fully using Painter’s tape. This will ensure that it doesn’t fall down as your child is playing.
Slowing peel back the remaining paper backing and tape down the other side.
Step 4 (optional)
Remove the small rolled up pieces of tape from underneath the sticky wall. These rolled up pieces were just there to help you get the sticky wall set up and can be removed once your sticky wall fully up. But if you don’t mind them there you don’t have to remove them.
Decorating your Gingerbread House
First, you will need to create a few items to decorate your gingerbread house. Cut out a door, and several windows. Outline them use a white paint stick. Cut out candy canes from white paper and use a red paint stick to draw the lines. Also cut out a chimney.
Grab all the items you want to use to decorate your gingerbread house such as buttons and cotton balls. Invite your little one to build the house by attaching the windows, doors and chimney in roughly the correct spot.
Tell them that it is snowing outside and they need to add snow to their gingerbread house using the cotton balls. Have them add snow to the roof, the ground beside the door and on the windowsills. My toddlers of course added snow in many more spots and that was OK too.
Finally add all the candy details. For this I used big colourful buttons and the candy canes I cut out.
This was a huge hit with my toddlers. Of course the house didn’t look anything like how I would have created it but that is OK! It was perfect and they had a blast!
My twins are 2.5 years old.
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- Contact Paper
- Painter’s Tape
- Brown Kraft Paper
- Cotton balls
- Coloured and white construction paper
- Paint Sticks
- Large Buttons