On the seventh day of Christmas,
My grandparents gave to me
A ginger house for making
Making gingerbread houses with the grandkids is great fun, and it's really easy now that there are kits. If you're planning to make one with really young grandchildren, I have two recommendations. First, buy a pre-assembled kit. (All you have to do is decorate.) Second, read the directions and do any difficult or time-consuming operations before the little ones arrive. For example, lots of kits include fondant to be rolled out and cut. That's best done before the grands arrive on the scene.
If you're up for the challenge of building from scratch, check out this gingerbread house image gallery for inspiration. If you'd like to create something more lasting, there's a kit for creating a house from cardboard and clay (compare prices).
If you're a long-distance grandparent, you can send your grandchild a gingerbread house kit. Just keep it simple to avoid sending a stressed-out parent over the edge.
Do you have hints for successful house-building? Leave a comment below.