Charlie Lammers examined the structure on the table in front of her and decided it definitely needed one more gumdrop.
The 3-year-old Cortland girl's hand moved from the roof to the window of her new gingerbread house as she proudly exclaimed, "There! It's done!"
Lammers joined several children and their families Saturday afternoon at the Oh WOW! Roger and Gloria Jones Children's Center for Science and Technology for the center's first gingerbread challenge. Area children were invited to create houses, furniture and other items out of gingerbread.
Sevan Beasley, 9, of Champion, decided to forego the house and build a boat instead.
"I just wanted something different," she said.
Her mom, Sarah Wilson, said she appreciated the opportunity to do something creative with her children. Saturday's visit to the center was the family's first.
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Charlie Lammers, 3, of Cortland, puts the finishing touches on the gingerbread house she created at the Oh WOW! museum in Youngstown on Saturday.
"I was looking for something to do in the Youngstown area that would be fun and affordable. The kids really like working with their hands and creating things. It really has been a great afternoon. It's a nice event."
Audra Carlson, education manager at Oh WOW! explained that the gingerbread challenge allowed the children to plan their designs, build their structures and make any changes they needed to make. They were also invited to create furniture and other items for the two-story Oh WOW! house.
"It's a way to have fun and do something educational, to have a learning experience as well," Carlson said.
The gingerbread challenge was one of the center's "MAKE!" programs, which are offered twice a month.
Sevan's 6-year-old brother, Jacob Beasley, decided the Oh WOW! house needed a set of dumbbells because surely a weightlifter must live there.
The children also created a flat-screen TV, a Christmas tree and a table, among other furnishings, to go inside the house.
"It really has been a lot of fun for the children and their families," Carlson said. "You can't go wrong with gingerbread. You can be creative and learn something in the process."
As for Charlie, just when her parents, Kristin and Phil Lammers and "Nana," Carol Kushma, also of Cortland, thought her project was done, she decided it needed a few revisions.
"I guess she thinks it needs something,"Kushma said. "She's having fun though. We all are. That's what counts."