I am a real sentimentalist, so, as soon as my children were old enough (or so I thought!), I couldn't wait to begin the family tradition of making a gingerbread house.
Apparently, I didn't wait quite long enough. My Saturday began as a painstaking process as I watched (and helped) my toddler try to stick each of the gingerbread house sides together with icky, gooey, runny, icing.
So, there we were in the kitchen. "One, two, three…..ten!", my daughter screeched as she let go of the house sides, and, screeched again as she watched them crumble to the table. I don't know who cried louder (me or her!) as we tried this amazing feat for the sixth time to no avail.
But, as the old cliche goes, 'if only I had of known then what I know now'. There is, in fact, an easier way to make a gingerbread house with your toddler. It is so simple, that you may as well build a gingerbread village! The gingerbread village idea has been a long-time fun activity for the grandchildren in Nana's house for years! They love it!
So, this year, why not start the gingerbread house or village tradition with your young toddler? Believe me, the head-aches are few with this practical, child-friendly, creative, recyclable, Christmas family activity! It's as easy as pie…….or should I say…….gingerbread!