If you’ve ever been to a German open air marketplace, you know that they are like nothing we have here in America. They are generally only open for foot traffic, so patrons leisurely stroll around shopping, eating, and drinking. Lebkuchenherzen are common sights in these markets, especially during Oktoberfest. These gingerbread (Lebkuchen) hearts (Herzen) are oversized cookies decorated with colorful frosting and hung on ribbon so they can be worn as necklaces. They make great souvenirs to help you remember your trip to the Marktplatz (market place).
The closest I have been to a Marktplatz recently was our trip to Epcot last fall. I would have loved to stay and sample the delicious German treats there, but we were still full from our lunch in Italy (where else but Epcot can you say that?).
These paper versions are a fun way for kids to learn about German culture or to use as party favors or decorations for an Oktoberfest party. Find the simple tutorial over on MyPrintly.com. Stay and browse that website, you are sure to fun tons of other creative project ideas!
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