Today we checked off an item on our Holiday Bucket List: building and decorating a gingerbread house! It has been years since I have last done this, and was excited. I picked up the decorating kit at Target when we were there last time.
I was a little hesitant to tackle this project with Parker, he doesn’t sit still very well. Usually, for an activity, he gives it about 5 minutes, especially if isn’t hands-on for most of it. CJ and I worked on building the house, while Parker just wanted to open up the bags of candy.
Things turned around once Parker got icing on his hand, and I told him to lick it off. After that, all he wanted was me to put the icing on his hand. Once decorating started things took a turn with Mr. Parker. CJ got Skittles out so we can add another candy to our house. Parker didn’t get that, and just ate them all for himself.
In hindsight, this actually worked out well. Parker ended up putting all of the gumdrops and the rest of the candy on the house. I was so impressed by this kid the entire time. It went a lot better than I had expected it to, and candy/icing was my saving grace.
I was so proud of our little house! Right before we took our final pictures CJ took off the cardboard that was holding on our roof. We thought it had been on long enough, but we were wrong. The roof started sliding down immediately, that is why I am holding it in the one picture.
After the picture was taken, it completely fell apart. As you can tell Parker was completely devastated by the whole situation. Overall, it was a great activity with Mister. It took an hour’s time where he just sat there and was interested in one activity.
I am going to need to find something similar to this activity once a week and this mama can get a break! Let me know in the comments an activity your kids love and keep them occupied!