Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cookie Decorating with Toddlers

I'd been wanting to make a gingerbread house with Olive all month long and I decided to do something about it yesterday.  I stirred up some gingerbread (I don't have a tasty recipe - Mine is solely for building and being HARD)  I posted a tutorial & my recipe last year along with some pretty precious baldy baby pictures :)

I was getting ready to start rolling out the dough for my house, when I realized that it would be much faster and just as fun to cut out gingerbread men & women to decorate.  Olive wouldn't know the difference and she'd have a blast with the icing and candy.  That's how the house idea got scrapped and we moved on to decorating gingerbread people.  

My friend Erin at Bambini Travel wrote about setting up an activity for her twins when they were napping and leaving it out as an invitation to them as when they woke up.  She let them find the activity on their own and then they got started when the kids discovered it.  I thought it was a great idea so I set up a little gingerbread invitation of my own for Olive to find when she got up from her nap.  I got all the supplies ready and was looking forward to Olive finding it.

 I rarely buy new candy for our gingerbread house.  I try to save candy from Halloween-Christmas and use that on the house.

Olive went straight for the candy and started counting it.  She knows ONE and TWO so her counting went something like this 1,2,1,2,2,1,1,2,2,2 :)

 Nerds were fun to shake, fun to sprinkle and even more fun to eat.

 She was all business with the butter knife.
I squirted some icing out in a mound for her to play with.

Olive played with the gingerbread set up for an hour
and was not thrilled at the hint of the words time to clean up.

 Our finished products :)

 Another day of making messes AND making memories together.

1 comment:

  1. You captured some adorable shots of Olive! Looks like she had a blast. :)


I LOVE hearing from you!! Thanks for taking the time to leave sweet comments; I enjoy reading every one of them.