So, here we sit. Just two days until Christmas Eve. And if you are anything like me, you are frantically trying to figure out ways to occupy your children, who are more than ready to kill each other. Y’all, I have even pulled out the “Santa doesn’t bring gifts to children who aren’t kind to each other and their parents” line. It’s gettin hectic over here. Plus, I still have gifts left to wrap, bows left to tie, a house to clean, and a whole mountain range of clean laundry to fold and put away (since I conquered the washing part yesterday, thank the Lord!)
The one thing that seems to be my saving grace the last two days has been All Things Gingerbread. Seriously. I threw together some gingerbread play dough, and since we made gingerbread cookies last week, the kids are so excited about this play dough!!! I gave them the same little cookie cutters we used for our cookies, and they have had a blast making “cookies” and “cookie pops” and then yesterday they even got out Gray’s little construction trucks and informed me that the play dough looks like dirt, and it’s super fun to put into the construction trucks, apparently! (So sad I didn’t get any pics of them playing, but y’all, seriously – they were happy, playing TOGETHER, and I was taking full advantage and fixing dinner – in peace!!!)
Today I plan to make another batch so they each have their own big ball of it, give them the giant gingerbread man cookie cutter (aff link thank you!), some buttons, some pipe cleaners (for hair or whatever else they get creative and come up with) and let them go to town making their own gingerbread friends! (Fits great with the fact that we’re frantically finishing up our Christmas Around the World unit (link to the file on TPT) and today is Germany… which is where the gingerbread traditions originated! Plus, I’m using a Gingerbread Girl organizational chart (it’s in this FREEBIE file on TPT!) today to diagram about the Gingerbread Girl book by Lisa Campbell Ernst (Aff link, thank you!)… dang, doesn’t this make me seem so organized? HA! Seriously, y’all… I’m not. Being real, I originally planned to do this stuff yesterday, but can’t find the Gingerbread Girl book in the vast cavernous mess of books in Becca’s room, and if all else fails, I may try to find a youtube or just say screw it and forget the organizational chart and attempt to do it next year.) (Keepin’ it real here.) (Also keepin’ it real – if you made it through the mess of links and () in this paragraph, I love you. HA!)
The best part about play dough is it takes WAY less time to make than it does for me to write this blog post, which I’ve been intending to write for a couple days now. So you can do it! Buy yourself a little time (and patience!)… and better yet, stop everything and sit down and play WITH them. Playing play dough is so calming for me. Have you tried it lately? Becca and I loved making “cookie pops” and then “selling” them to each other to work on her money skills!
Here’s the recipe for my Gingerbread play dough:
And because I know some of you sweet mamas are going crazy and trying to find a gingerbread cookie recipe that your kids will actually eat… use mine. It’s super easy and even my pickiest eater loves them! I make these every single year. Without fail. Even if I don’t make any other cookies. I’m in love with them. Which is why I felt a picture of my tattered, dirty recipe card page was the best way to share it with you. This recipe is WELL loved.
And so are you, dear blog reader. Merry Christmas! May you be richly blessed this holiday season.