St Davids Day Crafts Welsh Cakes

St Davids Day

Well its St Davids Day tomorrow here in sunny Wales and Wales are also playing against France in rugby this afternoon, do you need any more Welsh in your weekend! 🙂

St Davids Day (patron Saint of Wales) is celebrated on the 1st of March each year and we always get involved in making some Welsh crafts to celebrate the day and today I thought I would share some with you to make with your little ones, they are also a great excuse to get away from watching the rugby if your not too keen on doing that!

So for the first one, here is a great recipe to make Welsh cakes, if you haven’t tried them you need to, they are easy to make and taste amazing!

Welsh Cakes

Welsh cakes

Ingredients

  • 225g plain flour
  • 85g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 50g butter, cut into small pieces
  • 50g lard, cut into small pieces, plus extra for frying
  • 50g currants
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • splash milk

Method

  1. Tip the flour, sugar, mixed spice, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Then, with your fingers, rub in the butter and lard until crumbly. Mix in the currants. Work the egg into the mixture until you have soft dough, adding a splash of milk if it seems a little dry – it should be the same consistency as shortcrust pastry.
  2. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface to the thickness of your little finger. Cut out rounds using a 6cm cutter, re-rolling any trimmings. Grease a flat griddle pan or heavy frying pan with lard, and place over a medium heat. Cook the Welsh cakes in batches, for about 3 mins each side, until golden brown, crisp and cooked through. Delicious served warm with butter and jam, or simply sprinkled with caster sugar. Cakes will stay fresh in a tin for 1 week.

So while you get baking, ill get some crafts ready to share with you for St Davids Day.

 

Rugby Crafts for Kids. Wales V England!

Well its the start of the rugby here in the UK and the game tonight? Wales v England, a big game to start it off!

Here are some rugby crafts kids can make to support their team either during this match or for the others. We will be doing the dragons in this house! 🙂

PicMonkey Collage

So for the Welsh team we have:

Sock Puppet Dragon Craft

A gorgeous craft for St David’s Day, the Year of the Dragon, a fairy tale theme, or just for fun!

Sock Puppet Dragon Craft

You will need:

A red sock
Red craft foam
Scraps of red, yellow and orange craft foam
Red glitter glue
Fabric glue
Wiggle eyes
Fabric pen

Instructions:

Cut two wings and a tail from red craft foam. Decorate with the glitter glue.

red dragon wing detail

Put the sock over your hand and mark where you want the eyes, wings and tail to go. Now lay the sock flat and glue on the tail, wings and eyes.

While this is drying make your flames by cutting out a flame shape from yellow foam, a slightly smaller one from orange foam and an even smaller one from yellow foam. Glue them together in a pile.

Put on the sock puppet, using your thumb as the lower part of the mouth, and mark where the flames will go.

Take off the puppet and glue on the flames. These will need to face the back of the sock so that they turn the right way around when you put in your thumb. See photo for clarification.

red sock dragon puppet

sock puppet dragon front view

Find more here.

Red Rose Celery Stick

For the English team a red rose i thought this was such a simple and unique idea!

veggie stamping

See how when you cut the stalk it looks like a rose. (I happen to know this works with bunches of leafy lettuce, too.) We stamped away and have glittered them.

Making cards

and the plus side this could also work for Valentines Day as well!

find out more here.

Look out for others ideas in the coming matches.