I recently nominated our preschool teacher to sainthood, and would like to add a great stay-at-home mom named Kelly to the sainthood nominations. Unlike me, Kelly arranges playdates. Thankfully, my daughter gets invited. Not only does she arrange them. She organizes wonderful, creative, messy activities. Case in point: the graham cracker gingerbread house:
We did one of those genuine gingerbread house kits one year, and despite the kids having really enjoyed it, I don't think I could purchase one again. I've toyed with the idea of making one from scratch, then popped the top off a beer and reminded myself "Just WHO do you think you're kidding?!"
This mock gingerbread house was made with graham crackers, formed over a small lunch-size milk carton (let's hear it for reuse!) and I have a sneaking suspicion some older, past its prime Halloween or party candy was used for decor. And frosting, of course. Now, while its unlikely I'll go out and get some graham crackers and start organizing playdates, I do think this would be do-able for most families if your kids have a burning desire to make a gingerbread house. Brilliant!