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"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

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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.St Davids Day wooden peg doll welsh craft activity

Welsh ladies traditionally wear a white bonnet under their hats. The lace around the bonnet seems to save them from looking like Pilgrims, so I painted on a few curls of lace around the bonnet. (Successively side stepping using glue and lace again in this project)

I knitted a shawl, but it was too bulky, so I’m sticking with the painted version. Simple. The children finished theirs after school today.

St Davids Day welsh peg doll craft activityLater that day, Blodwen couldn’t believe it when Nerys told her about how Norbert had eaten all the leeks, except one. They would have to cancel the leek dressing competition. Again.St Davids Day welsh peg dolls craft activityThe dolls and Norbert, the dragon, are on our Season’s table. Surrounded by felt daffodils. Feels like the season is changing.

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

Celebrating and crafting on St David's Day

More St David’s Day craft and activity ideas here.

*cawl: a welsh lamb broth

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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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