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Children learn to build sweet candy shacks (Video)

By Keldy Ortiz
Dec. 15, 2012 at 6:15 a.m.
Updated Dec. 16, 2012 at 6:16 a.m.

In a show of excellent multitasking skills, Ainsley Rhea, 6, tastes a bit of frosting with one hand as she attaches a candy cane to her gingerbread house while making the craft during Saturday's event at the Victoria Public Library. It was Ainsley and her twin brother, Austin's, first time making gingerbread houses.

Frosted icing, jelly beans, graham crackers and candy canes - all treats that kids would ordinarily eat after dinner.

Instead, they used them to build gingerbread houses Saturday.

Eleven-year-old Carlos Sanchez couldn't wait to show off his sweet structure - at least what was still left. He kept putting pieces of it in his mouth.

"I have a fence and stone steps," said Sanchez who made the steps out of jelly beans.

On a thin piece of foil, Carlos created the house using a milk carton. When asked whether he was going to save the house for Santa, Carlos replied, "He has more sweets; he has cookies."

For Carlos and others, it was their first time making gingerbread houses Saturday at the Victoria Public Library.

Joshua May, 6, couldn't help but touch his frosted creation. Every time his grandmother would help his sister, another piece of the house went missing - especially the frosting. When he finally finished, he didn't want to be the only person enjoying his home.

"I'm going to let my grandma pick off my gingerbread," he said. "I'm going to give Santa some of mine."

The event brought kids and parents together in agreement that they can have fun playing with sweets but for good reason.

"I think it's really cool," said Kelsie, 5, Joshua's sister.

While enjoying time with her grandchildren, Susie Maxwell didn't think the houses would last long.

"Those won't make it pass supper time," Maxwell said. "I knew the kids would have a ball, and they did."

Vanessa Bazan brought 2-year-old Carson to create his first house. She called it more than just making a gingerbread home.

"Everything he does is a learning experience," Bazan said. "If they're building, they should have fun while doing it."

Bazan, however, doesn't think Carson's new building will make it to Christmas.

"I'm sure it won't last," she said. "We'll probably display it for as long as it lasts."

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