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Agriculture.com Staff 07/06/2010 @ 5:02pm

Whether you're a parent or a grandparent, there's undoubtedly been a child in your life who has tugged at a heartstring or two. Make a special memory with your little person by creating this fun project together.

Prep: 55 min., Stand: 3-1/2 hours

14 graham cracker rectangles (plus extras if they break)
3 pretzel rods, 8-1/4-inches long
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 cup canned vanilla frosting
1 cardboard tube (4 inches long, 1-1/2 inches in diameter)
1 plain cupcake
Canned vanilla frosting
Chocolate sprinkles
Thin wheat crackers (32 to 40)
Chocolate graham cracker (optional)
Pretzel sticks (optional)

Step 1: To cut the silo and barn pieces, with a small serrated knife, gently saw lengthwise through the center of four of the graham crackers along the perforations. (You will have one extra piece.) From two more graham crackers, cut the barn roof support sections 1/2 inch high on the left and right peeks (see image at right). You will not use the trimmings. Gently saw 3/4 inch from a short side of two more of the graham crackers, making two 3-1/2-inch-long crackers. (You will not need the 3/4-inch pieces.) Cut two of the pretzel rods into 2 -1/4-inch pieces. (You will have extra pretzel pieces.) Set all pieces aside.

Step 2: For the frosting, in a small bowl stir together the powdered sugar and the 1 cup canned frosting until combined. Transfer frosting mixture to a sturdy resealable plastic bag. Snip off a small portion of one corner. Or, spoon frosting mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip.

Step 3: To assemble the silo: Pipe a line of frosting down the side of the cardboard tube. Press a lengthwise-cut cracker section into place, flat side in. Repeat with 4 more sections to cover the tube. For the dome, cut the cupcake horizontally in half. (You will not use the bottom half.) Frost top half with additional canned vanilla frosting. Coat with sprinkles. Place on top of the silo. Set silo aside to dry.

Step 4: To assemble the barn, on a work surface, place a whole graham cracker together with the straight edge of each of the roof support sections, flat side up, forming the front/back pieces of the barn. Pipe frosting on each of the 3-1/2-inch graham crackers and stick to each of the front/back pieces to hold them together. Pipe lines of frosting on each short side of one of the whole graham crackers in a front/back piece. Press 2-1/4-inch pretzel rods into the frosting on each side. Pipe lines of frosting on the outside edges of the pretzel rods and press whole graham crackers into place for the walls, flat sides in. Hold the walls in place with glasses, as shown. Allow to dry about 1-1/2 hours. When dry, place upright. Attach remaining front/back piece with remaining 2-1/4-inch pretzel rods and frosting as above. Pipe frosting along the roof line and press two lengthwise cut cracker sections into place to form the peak of the roof, as shown. Place the remaining two whole crackers into place in the larger remaining roof sections. Pipe another line of frosting along the peak of the roof and press the whole pretzel rod into place.

Step 5: To decorate the barn, shingle the roof by piping lines of frosting onto the roof and pressing thin wheat crackers into place, as shown. If desired, make a barn door by attaching sections of a chocolate graham cracker to the front of the barn with frosting. Outline the door with pretzel sticks with additional frosting.

Makes 1 barn and 1 silo.

Whether you're a parent or a grandparent, there's undoubtedly been a child in your life who has tugged at a heartstring or two. Make a special memory with your little person by creating this fun project together.

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