Tonight was my first time meeting with the Achievement Day girls. These are Primary girls ages 8-11. It was so fun! I have a great bunch of girls (including Elise) and they are at a fun age when they are excited about everything. I decided to do something involving candy-always a sure bet. I went for a country variation on the traditional gingerbread house and I assembled log cabins from pretzels with graham cracker roofs. I glue gunned the basic structure together in advance so we would have more time to decorate.
Thank goodness for allrecipes.com that had the frosting recipe. That stuff is like white concrete! I separated it up into ziplocs for each girl. I encouraged each girl to bring candy and I of course brought lots of different stuff. We sat around a long table and as each girl opened her candy and put it in a cup, she had to tell us something great about herself. It was sweet to hear what each girl shared as we went around 3 times. I then related the idea that although each of us brought candy, it all looked and tasted a little different. It was all going to help make our homes fun and beautiful. We are all daughters of God, but we are all a little different. This is what would make Achievement days fun and beautiful. The girls did terrific.
I must say, there is something I find immensely enjoyable and satisfying about decorating small brown houses with candy and white frosting. I decorated my first gingerbread home as an adult, only a few short years ago. Lanae had our family over and we decorated for an FHE. I loved it! It's the best to take those delicious raw materials to create something whimsical and yummy. I think I am going to like Achievement Days.