Scott library hosts holiday housing boom
Noah McFadden, 5, tests the quality of construction supplies as he creates his gingerbread house next to Eric Wilson, 6, at a free gingerbread house workshop at the Scott Township Public Library on Sunday.
Everyone has a personal vision of the perfect gingerbread house at the workshop at the Scott library Sunday.
A light touch is required as Austin Krieger, 11, carefully places candy decorations on his gingerbread house.
Julia Windsheimer knows thicker is better in gingerbread.
Jory Tumbleson, 4, applies a mortar of tasty icing to his gingerbread house.
Hayden Hauck, 3, gets help from his grandmother, Linda Hauck, as he adds "snow" to his gingerbread house.
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Youngsters who arrived at the Scott Township Public Library with a can of icing and oodles of holiday spirit left with gingerbread houses that looked yummy enough to eat.
The second annual free gingerbread house workshop drew 36 children to the library Sunday, where milk cartons, graham crackers, and garnishes were supplied as construction materials.
Participants covered the cartons with icing, then affixed crackers. Candy corn, pretzel sticks, gum drops and more enhanced their colorful creations.
Like Hansel and Gretel who ate some of the candy house they discovered in the forest, some children found the treats irresistible.
When Noah McFadden asked his mother, Chrissy McFadden, if he could lick the icing off the plastic knife, she said no. So the resourceful 5-year-old dutifully applied the icing to the house with the knife -- then licked the icing off the house.
His sister, Alexandra Wilson, 11, adorned her house with green sprinkles for grass, miniature marshmallows for a chimney and lights and candy canes for doors.
"I think it's so cool to decorate," said the Scott girl, who said she planned to eat the treats off her creation later that day.
The library's youth services manager, who conducted the workshop, said the idea was based on similar events at area libraries.
"It's fun and easy, so I jumped on the bandwagon, err, in this case a sleigh," Sherry Small explained.
Michaela Davis, 5, of Finley said she particularly enjoyed sprinkling coconut on the house to make it look like snow.
Lisa Schmidt's three sons -- William, 2, Jory, 4, and Jayden, 10 -- each crafted a house. William topped his off with licorice, gummy balls, candy canes and marshmallows.
"I liked doing this with my little brothers," Jayden said.
The family recently moved to Scott from Arkansas, and Mrs. Schmidt said the workshop was a great introduction to the neighborhood.
"It's nice to be in a community where people get together and do things," she said.
First Published December 13, 2012 5:17 am