Oh, how I loved the vintage books that you found! I've been vintage book shopping too, although my find was a little less sophisticated! Here it is:
It's full of lovely ideas for activities with little ones. S was most pleased with it, and very clear about what he wanted to try first:
"I want to make the gingerbread house... can we make the gingerbread house?"
It seemed like a simple request for a boy whose mother is a keen baker. Sadly not! Despite following the recipe and consulting a good friend who makes one each year, we evidently did something not quite right. I suspect that the gingerbread was either too thin or underbaked, or possibly both!.
The house stayed together for a matter of moments before it developed irrevocable faultlines..and then cracks...and then it collapsed!
Thank goodness, then, that I had read this lovely post by Nina from Tabiboo. As I gathered up the broken pieces of gingerbread, an idea began to form. Using the template from here, I cut the gingerbread into smaller pieces and reformed it.
Tiny gingerbread houses, iced and sprinkled by S. He went to his train-track box to borrow some trees, and lo and behold, a gingerbread village.
Small and rather imperfectly formed, but S loved them, pronouncing them "wonderful", and that was all that mattered.
PS: I'd also like to add a thank you to Kathy from Postcards from the PP- I was lucky enough to win her giveaway and receive some lovely goodies.
Thank you Kathy, and a Happy Christmas to you! x