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craft activity for St David’s Day

Happy St David’s Day

St Davids Day dragon peg doll and leek craft activityNerys explained for the 16th time that Norbert should not eat the leek, but she knew the dragon was only thinking about how well it would go in his cawl* this St David’s Day. She could see it in his (slightly over-emphasized) eyes.St Davids Day peg doll craft activity Among the welsh cake baking and the daffodil admiring around here, this year our St David’s day activity is peg dolls. We made little welsh ladies. Blank wooden dolls from Panduro Hobby.

Painted the peg and made a hat out of black felt and the tiniest, and as it turned out, difficult to work with, lace. Glue, lace and fingertips. I’ll say no more. Continue reading

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Dragon Cookies

st davids day childrens craft activity dragonI am a firm believer that crafting is a great way to teach. One of my children learns best through tactile learning (Kinaesthetic Learning), making crafting a perfect choice for projects at home. All the children still talk about ruins and erosion within the context of our castle cookies we made a few years ago.

welsh dragon cookie cuttingWhen we celebrate the seasons, I like to set up a project for them. As a big fan of St David’s Day, this year I thought we would make dragon cookies. As with our dragon cake, we used the dinosaur and moon cookie cutters. This time we used a small crimped cookie cutter on the edge of the wings to add a webbed effect.

assembling welsh dragon cookies

The cookie recipe is the rainy day cookies from Nigella Bites book.

welsh dragon cookies in flight formation

It gave us an excuse to discuss why the dragon is red and why it appears on the Wales’s flag.

red icing on the welsh dragon cookies

I was tempted to slip one white dragon in just to re-enact the battle, but the children were happy with red, so red it was. (It would have been fun though, wouldn’t it?)

st davids day childrens craft activity

We spooned the red icing on. Also tried the flooding method, but outlining the shape with thicker icing too, but it took a lot longer.

welsh dragon cookies

Once the icing had set, we added details with icing writing pens. Each dragon being slightly different. One poor dragon lost his wing and leg. With so many fierce dragons around, I guess it was inevitable.

eating welsh dragon cookie

In the end, they all met their maker (or one of the rest of the family) and very nice they were indeed.

I made more cookie dough than we could use in one session, so I’m sure a few more dragons will be made this weekend. Running up to St David’s Day on Sunday. Maybe I’ll sneak a few white dragons in to the mix. Facing the other way, ready for battle. Just to act out the story, of course. I can’t resist a chance for an interactive story telling moment.

(these would look great any colour. I might make green ones for St George’s day)

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I felt like making a little dragon

needlefelt welsh dragon redThis weekend, I had a burning desire to make a needle felted dragon. With St David’s Day not far away, our season’s table could do with a red version.

needlefelt welsh dragon red 2

He was fun to make. The shape formed quickly. The detail took time to decide on. I found myself picking him up, over the two days, just to add a little bit more. I knew the character that my dragon needed. Not scary or sci fi fantasy. More a gentle soul, who just happens to breathe fire and crunch on the ends of candlesticks. We’ve called him Norbet. Inspired by Hagrid’s dragon, from Harry Potter, although our Norbert is a far tamer chap to have around.

needlefelt welsh dragon red 3We are big fans of dragons and have more dragon books in the house than you could possibly shake a piece of string at, which just happens to be something else that some dragons like to eat.

Hardly surprising that each of the children has offered to provide a home for my little dragon. Or else suggested the colour of their own future fire breathing beastie when I get round to making it. Hmm. We will see.

needlefelt welsh dragon red 4In the meantime, this little welsh dragon, will be sitting on our seasons table, among the felt daffodils and leeks ready to celebrate St David’s Day on 1st March.  I still have time to perfect my welsh cake recipe. (Any excuse!)

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