As the weather warms we have found ourselves wandering our local beaches and rock pools once again. From time to time we beat the heat and head to the water in the wee hours of the morning making sure we have time to turn over rocks, skim stones, locate star fish and squeeze cungi before the heat of the sun turns our salty skin crispy.
Once we've explored every small pocket of water and dodged every lethal oyster shell we head home for morning tea. Sometimes we make pikelets covered heavily with jam, other times its a bacon and egg roll on the outside BBQ but this time we drew inspiration from our morning wanderings and crafted marine life from cookie dough.
We used our Aussie Animal trading cards to prompt our memory, first finding some of the creatures we'd seen at the beach in the morning like Bluebottles, Pelicans, Starfish and The Wandering Albatross.... oh wait, no, not that one.
We discussed what creatures we might create from tour cookie dough - Maybe the Manta Ray? Or a Leopard Seal? How about a Leather Backed Turtle?
I know, THE BLUE STARFISH!! Perfect (I only had star shaped cookie cutters).
The finishing touches were added with a handful of almonds, cashew nuts, sultanas and the all time favourite shiny sugary balls.
8 minutes in the oven and you're ready for a glass of cold milk and a good lie-down.
I don't know about you but my kids have taken such delight in those simple little green cards filled with fancy facts and beautiful images. They have prompted many a discussion about our Aussie Animals, what they do and where we'd find them.
If you're keen to make some edible Starfish, the recipe is below.