By Diane Ako
One weekend, I gave the kids gingerbread cookies to decorate. There were several kits at the store, but I opted for flat cookies versus three-dimensional houses because the kids are young and I thought it would be easier for them.
Before I opened the kit, I had to give the kids a little reminder about what we do and don't do with the decorations. Some of the decorations were round balls - exactly the size of the bead that Olivia had shoved in her ear recently.
"These are for putting on the cookie. We don't put this in our ears or our nose. Right?" I reinforced.
"Only our mouths, right, Mommy?" Olivia answered.
With that safety precaution, I proceeded to hand out the sweets to an eager crowd. This was a huge hit. This kept them occupied for 30 minutes with minimal bugging of adults.
Of course, my cousin and I still had to stand around and arbritrate small squabbles over who is hogging the sprinkles and who keeps dropping the candy balls, and for the smaller ones, help them squeeze the frosting out of the bags.
My cousin and I got to decorate a cookie, too, making us feel like kids again. I'm mostly grateful that none of the decorations found their way into someone's ears or nose.
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