It’s brilliant, really. You set a bunch of candy, frosting, and a house-shaped cookie in front of your kids. And get them all excited about a project involving sugar.
And then you let them decorate the house. Which at this age means wherever they feel like sticking the candy, there it is. Because if you can get an almost-four-year-old and two almost-two-year-olds to put the candy on the house and not in their mouths, you deserve a Nobel Prize. Or whatever prize they give to people who do fantastic feats, if it’s not that one. Nobel is the only one I know.
Since it’s fun for mommies to participate, you could create your own little gingerbread boy to put on the front of the house. If you use the little hard candy ball things (that are basically mini jaw breakers and are awesome for little kids to eat…), he kind of looks bedazzled and you can name him Richard Simmons.
Now comes the best part. You set the lovely finished project up on your mantel. Or some other highly visible place of honor in your house. And you say, “No kids. You can’t eat it. It’s for decoration.”
Then wait for the fun to begin.
P.S. All good mothers take pictures of their children’s temper tantrums. It’s the coolest.