by Kelly Miller
The gingerbread houses are all packed away, but we still have many weeks of winter. Are you looking for a fun activity? Every winter, I make "ice castles" with the children. We build the castle with sugar cubes, and we use white frosting as glue. (You could build igloos, too.) Then we decorate the castle with conversation hearts, gum drops, and other Valentine's Day candies. Gummy bears make up the castle's inhabitants. Each year the castles have gotten bigger and more elaborate... last year, we used five boxes of sugar cubes and two tubs of frosting!