It started out with Rose and a gingerbread house from a kit. This is the third year we've done any such thing. The first year, we bought a house in pieces-parts. Took a while to get it properly constructed, and then Rose wanted it to perfectly match the picture in the instructions. Which meant that mama did all the icing, and Rose would put on the candies.
Second year, we got smart and bought a pre-constructed house kit. Rose actually started piping some of the icing herself, on the less-challenging bits.
This year, she designed and piped the whole thing (except for the door which she asked me to do).
Well, there was quite a bit of icing left, which got me thinking. What if I made a smaller house with graham crackers so Joy could do some decorating?
Joy wasn't thrilled with the sit-down work, but did a pretty good job of poking some M&Ms at the icing blobs. Letting go of the candy was a tough part. But she didn't much seem to mind letting the candies become part of the house, as long as she got to eat a few!
Then today -- since einmal ist keinmal -- we did another one. Rose did the icing blobs...
and Joy poked on the candies again, with some guidance.
I was delighted at how Joy seemed to realize this time that she needed to let the candy go so it would stick!
Then, for a bit more Christmas practice, I set her up to help me stir the peppernut dough:
I think we've got some good Christmas practices going here.