I’ve been a slacker the past couple of days.
Many moons ago, my sister and I decided to make a gingerbread house. As we gathered the ingredients, we could NOT lay our hands on one item. Ah, one item isn’t going to make a difference, right? We put our house together only to experience DEEP despair because it wasn’t staying together!
Toothpicks served as reinforcement along with canned products INSIDE the house! Arghhhh, that didn’t work either. In our last effort, we turned to the tool we all know and love…..the glue gun. We glued that puppy together! So much for our edible house! We had a COMPLETE disaster and a story we still laugh at.
One teeny tiny little tablespoon had done us in! We didn’t have the internet back then to research and locate the product.
Over the years, gingerbread houses have become a tradition since we now have that illusive ingredient. My sister took off learning and perfecting creating gingerbread house memories. Long before kids, she would invite her fellow teachers who did have children to an annual gingerbread house construction day.
Upon arrival of her own children (now 7 & 10 years old), gingerbread houses are a yearly event in their classrooms. My sister and children were the subject of this about.com video a few years ago. Click Here to view video, “Tips for Building a Gingerbread House with Kids.”
Two very experienced children assist their classmates along with an army of parent volunteers to make it happen. It is a given that our mom and I assist due to our years of experience.
Enjoy our 2014 gingerbread house building
One parent relayed an over heard conversation between two boys:
Boy 1: You’re lucky to be in Donald’s class
Boy 2: Why?
Boy 1: You get to build gingerbread houses AND eat them!
Another year of memories!
Now in need of a spa day!
What is a tradition for your classroom each year?