Kids decorate gingerbread men at annual event

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Dozens of children showed off their gingerbread decoration skills on Saturday at the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library.

Approximately 45 kids attended the annual gingerbread decoration event with parents in tow.

Each child used the selection of jellybeans, chocolate chips, sprinkles and icing on hand to craft their own unique gingerbread person.

“We just let them do what they want,” program services supervisor Maxine Remy said.

“Some of them eat their gingerbread men before they leave, some of them wrap them up and take them home. It’s just a fun thing for them.”

Carlton’s Bakery and Coffee Shop donated all of the gingerbread man templates that the kids decorated and then happily consumed.

Prior to the decoration, children and parents first gathered around to hear Remy read a pair of related storybooks that departed from the more well-known fairy tale of the Gingerbread Man.

“Both of them had a different twist on them,” Remy said. “They weren’t the traditional gingerbread story.”

The books included Gingerbread Man Superhero! by Dotti Enderle and The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck by Laura Murray.

Some of them eat their gingerbread men before they leave, some of them wrap them up and take them home. Maxine Remy

The gingerbread decoration itself, however, allowed the children to express their own creativity.

Five-year-old Skylar Francon could be seen carefully applying icing to her gingerbread man under the watchful eye of mother Stephanie Turner.

“She loves coming to the library to the things on Saturday, so we try to come … as much as we can,” Turner said.

Meanwhile, five-year-old Evan Ditzel drew upon Hollywood for inspiration.

“I was thinking about making it like the gingerbread cookie on Shrek,” he said, in a reference to the character Gingy.

Evan’s siblings Ashton, 3, and Ava, 7, were also present for the decorating on Saturday.

Mother Leigh-Ann Ditzel brought her children to this year’s gingerbread decorating session after hearing about the event and deciding it sounded fun.

“I don’t do much baking, so this it,” she joked.

 

Organizations: Bakery and Coffee Shop, Daily Herald

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