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Gingerbread Cubby House

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun


All kids love cubby houses, but you don’t have to resort to a blanket over the dining table, or fork out a load of cash to get one. This mum shows us how they made a fantastic cubby for her daughter out of recycled materials.

My daughter Kennedy (in the picture) and I made this Gingerbread house for her
4th Birthday party which had a “fairy tale land” theme. We used a couple of old
boxes, pulled the stuffing out of old cushions for the “icing” on the roof, and
stuck lollies on the outside for decoration. We used paint that was left over from
painting her drawers pink and green, and the brown paint was some that we
found in the shed that we watered down and down to get the colour right
- Nicola Younan, Auckland  


  • Large cardboard boxes
  • White cotton wool or cushion stuffing
  • Glue
  • Paint and brushes
  • Lollies and sweets (if desired)


  • Place cardboard cartons together so they resemble a house.
  • Use a strong stapler (be safe with this) to hold the boxes together.
  • Paint in any colour that takes your fancy (or that you have left over in the garage)
  • Glue the cotton wool or cushion stuffing onto the roof.