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30 05, 2014

Dinosaur Footprint Party Cakes Recipe

By | May 30th, 2014|Dinosaur Fans, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

A Simple to Follow Step-by-Step Guide to Make Dinosaur Footprint Cakes

No pun intended, but here is a simple step-by-step guide to make some super tasty dinosaur themed party treats.  Many children love dinosaurs and ask for a dinosaur themed birthday party, this can be a bit of a headache for the grown-ups, but not to worry the team members at Everything Dinosaur can help out by providing a recipe to make cakes with a dinosaur footprint theme.

Everything Dinosaur’s Dinosaur Themed Party Cakes – Some Dinosaur Footprint Biscuits

Tasty dinosaur themed treats.

Tasty dinosaur themed treats – some dinosaur footprint biscuits to eat.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

List of Ingredients (to make about thirty dinosaur themed tasty treats)

Plain Flour 275 grammes (10oz)

Butter 350 grammes (12oz)

Caster Sugar 225 grammes (8oz)

Small Tin Condensed Milk 400 grammes (14oz)

4 Table Spoons of Golden Syrup

Plain Chocolate 225 grammes (8oz)

Small pack of Marzipan or White Icing

2-3 Table Spoons of Jam

A recipe for dinosaur footprint biscuits.

Dinosaur footprint biscuits recipe.

Method

    • Heat the oven to 180°C /350°F (Gas mark 4).  Mix together 225 grammes (8oz) of butter with 100 grammes (4oz) of the caster sugar in a large bowl.   Add the flour and work the mixture into a soft dough.
    • Press the mixture into a shallow baking tray, measuring approximately 22 centimetres by 32 centimetres, even it out then place in the oven and bake until this biscuit base is golden and crisp.
    • To make the caramel filling, heat the remaining butter and sugar with the tin of condensed milk in a saucepan, adding the golden syrup.  Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for a few minutes, stirring all the time until the mixture turns a golden, caramel colour.  Carefully pour over the biscuit base in the tray and then leave it to cool.
    • Melt the plain chocolate over a pan of simmering water and spread over the caramel, then allow everything to set.  Make a three-toed dinosaur foot template from a piece of stiff card, draw round it to create your very own dinosaur footprint template.
    • Roll out the marzipan or the white icing then carefully cut out footprints using a small knife using your footprint template.  Put a little dab of jam onto the footprint and carefully place them in rows on the chocolate biscuits.  Then simply cut the biscuits into small squares, each one with a footprint on it and there you go, your very own dinosaur footprint biscuits.

This recipe is very simple to follow and the biscuits are very popular with young dinosaur fans.  For mums and grown-ups too, we hope this easy to recipe helps when it comes to the dinosaur themed party food.

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30 05, 2014

A Fascination with Dinosaurs

By | May 30th, 2014|Early Years Foundation Reception|Comments Off on A Fascination with Dinosaurs

Children at Foundation Stage Explore Dinosaurs

This spring was a very busy time for Everything Dinosaur team members and the first week of May saw staff helping out at St Elizabeth’s Primary as the Foundation Stage children enjoyed a dinosaur themed workshop as part of their term topic studies.  The eager pupils had been studying fossils and dinosaurs with the help of their teachers Miss Bailey and Mrs Carr.  Part of the classroom had been converted into a “dinosaur museum” and Everything Dinosaur’s dinosaur expert was given a tour of the museum by the children.

A “Dinosaur Museum” in the Classroom

Part of the classroom that showcases the children's work on dinosaurs.

Part of the classroom that showcases the children’s work on dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Why not Create a Dinosaur Museum in Your Classroom?

Using a space in the classroom to create a special area so that the work can be put on display is a great idea.  Our teaching expert suggested that next to the dinosaur museum, if some cushions could be spread on the floor, this could act as a special reading area to help the children explore books about dinosaurs and to encourage independent learning.  The museum itself was full of super illustrations of dinosaurs, all supervised by Mrs Driver and Mrs Wilson (the teaching assistants).  The young palaeontologists were keen to point out which dinosaurs ate meat and which ate plants.  One even explained what an omnivore was!

During the school visit, our dinosaur and fossil expert challenged Foundation Stage 2 pupils to produce some dinosaur themed writing.  Perhaps they could include their favourite dinosaur fact, or could they write about their favourite prehistoric animal.  In return, our expert agreed to send the teacher some pictures and further information about Ammonites and Ammonite fossils that we had examined earlier.

Ammonite Fossils Fascinated the Children

A great sensory activity for Foundation Stage 2 - exploring fosils.

A great sensory activity for Foundation Stage 2 – exploring fossils.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Children Given a Dinosaur Themed Creative Writing Challenge

As part of Everything Dinosaur’s visit to the school, our dinosaur expert challenged Foundation Stage 2 to create a piece of prehistoric animal themed writing.  Could they write about their favourite dinosaur?  Perhaps they could include a dinosaur fact,  could they remember something that the dinosaur expert had said to them and then include this in their writing work?  In return for the prose, Everything Dinosaur’s expert promised (pinkie palaeontologist promise), to email a drawing of an Ammonite for the children’s museum along with a fact sheet on these extinct members of the Mollusc Phylum.

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