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The eyes have it... Cupcake decorator Carter Renata (7) puts eyes on his Cookie Monster cupcake. PHOTO: ASHLEIGH MARTIN

Sheep, flowers and Sesame Street characters were just some popular themes at a cupcake decorating course held in Mataura for the school holidays.

Event organiser Elese Lucassen said while it was the first time she had run an activity for the school holidays, she had made cupcakes at Mataura Primary School before so had some experience.

“Last year they did a term of clubs at Mataura Primary School and me and one of my friends took cupcakes every second Friday,” Mrs Lucassen said.

“I like watching what they [the children] create, because they make some really awesome things.”

Ten children took part in the cupcake decorating course and she had to turn away a few people because of limited places.

“I made 60 cupcakes, so they all get six each and they are chocolate.”

Mrs Lucassen said the children picked a colour for their icing, mixed it, put the icing in bags themselves and then shared their colours to get a variety of coloured cupcakes.

“I like the kids to have fun and do something different.”

Mrs Lucassen said she would definitely hold the activity again.

“Some of the mums also decided to stay, thank goodness.”

One of them was Ashleigh McIntosh, who said the decorating was fun for the mums too.

“We came down because we haven’t really done a lot for the holidays. It was affordable and something different and fun for the kids,” Ms McIntosh said.

“I like to basically get them out of their comfort zone.”

Ms McIntosh attended with her two boys, Carter (7) and Tama (5) Renata.

was fun and he liked cupcakes.

“I used blue for the Cookie Monster, pink for Elmo and green for Grouch,” Carter said.