I 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.
When 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.
The cookie recipe is the rainy day cookies from Nigella Bites book.
It gave us an excuse to discuss why the dragon is red and why it appears on the Wales’s flag.
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?)
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.
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.
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)
Experimenting with dragons again. Using food this time. Created at speed, as so often happens when crafting with enthusiastic children.
Never one to be put off by not having the right cookie cutter, I devised my own. A dinosaur and the moon put together to make a dragon. Might tinker with this combination a bit more, which sounds like a darn good excuse to do a bit more baking. Like I needed one. I want something that is easy to replicate and the children can do. Whatever their age. Expect a few more welsh dragons ready for St David’s day.