Today we decorated the gingerbread house. This activity was certainly exciting for both kids (and myself too). Adam's not much of a sweets guy, but I think he had a fun time trying to keep Harrison under control.
Here are the kids before we started. Notice Ella's eyes are locked into the gingerbread house. She was so funny as I was trying to get the icing ready. She kept fidgeting with the gingerbread house and at one point she tried to hold it up closer to my hands so I could put the icing on (can we say 'excited'?! LOL).
The plan was for me to apply the icing and the kids would put the candies WHEREVER THEY WANTED. Did you get that? I let them put the candies on by themselves in no particular pattern...and I didn't have a panic attack from the disorganization. It's kind of a big deal.
It took a few tries to teach Harrison that the candies weren't for eating, but he got it and was very helpful with the decorating. He did manage to swipe one jelly bean, though.
This was a great practice activity for when we decorate gingerbread men (coming up next week sometime).
As I mentioned last year in my gingerbread post, the pre-assembled gingerbread house is definitely the way to go. A few years ago, I bought my first ever gingerbread kit where the walls and roof had to be assembled. BIG mistake. It takes forever for that icing to harden and my walls ended up caving in. It tasted delicious, though!
And here is our finished project! Not too shabby. I should mention we had a ton of icing leftover, so I went to town filling on all the empty spaces...if you're wondering why the icing is out of control.
Thanks for reading :D