One of my favorite holiday traditions is making graham cracker houses. I remember making one in kindergarten, using a small milk carton and being so excited to bring it home. I couldn’t wait to continue the tradition with my children and I am thrilled that they love making them as much as I do! Here is a darling twist on the classic little house. It actually isn’t a house at all, it is a stable! A nativity scene made from graham crackers and Skippy peanut butter.
I just love the little gum drop shepherds! The girls couldn’t get enough of baby Jesus. They had a great time rolling him up in his little fruit-by-the-foot swaddling clothes.
Let me show you how easy this project was to make!
Graham Cracker Nativity Scenes
Items we used:
Honey Maid Graham Crackers
Skippy Peanut Butter
I like using peanut butter because my kids think it tastes better than royal icing. It’s a fun twist on the traditional iced gingerbread house, but it does not harden like royal icing does. If you are looking to transport one of these go ahead and stick with royal icing, but this version is a great little activity and snack.
An assortment of candies:
mini candy canes
fruit by the foot
To keep it easy and as mess-free as possible, we put the peanut butter into a quart size freezer bag and cut off the corner. This makes assembly a snap!
Start with the bottom. Use peanut butter to attach the bottom graham cracker to your base (cardboard wrapped in foil, or a sturdy paper plate). Then add the half graham crackers for the side walls, a full graham cracker for the back, and another one for the top.
My boys were able to assemble theirs on their own, but I helped the girls. They did the people and decorations on their own and had a great time doing so!
To create Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the angel, slide gum drops onto a toothpick. Baby Jesus is two gum drops wrapped in a piece of fruit by the foot. Then angel has two candy canes for wings.
Use peanut butter to attach them to your nativity scene. You can trim the excess toothpick off from the bottom or leave it like we did. We used cardboard for our base, so I just pushed the extra toothpick section through the graham cracker and into the cardboard base for extra stability. Baby Jesus is resting on a small piece of graham cracker.
Add toasted coconut by spreading a thin coat of peanut butter across your base and sprinkling the coconut on top. Animal crackers make quick and easy stable animals. We found a donkey, camel….and even and elephant?? The kids thought the scene definitely needed the elephant.
Such a sweet little sight.
Kaylee helped Ruby make a darling little nativity scene. They decided that they didn’t want coconut and opted for red hots for the hay, and malt balls for the heads. That’s what I love about these kind of activities. It allows for so much creativity. And I love her little chocolate covered face!
The girls kept asking when they could eat it. I’m not sure how they could have still been hungry after snacking so much on candy and graham crackers during the process!
If you have any left over graham crackers, you will definitely want to try our recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Sandwiches! My kids can’t get enough of these and they are SO easy to make!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Sandwiches
Melting Chocolate (I like Ghirardhelli melting chocolate wafers)
Break graham crackers into quarters.
Spread with a light coating of peanut butter and add another cracker on top to make a sandwich.
Dip in melted chocolate and place on a baking sheet lined with waxed or parchment paper.
Add sprinkles. Refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes.
Make a big batch because these will go quickly!
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