Adam loves cars and can usually be found playing with his car track. As it is our sense of taste week, as part of the Five Senses Play Challenge, I wanted a way of incorporating cars and tasting. When I discovered Birkmann Racing Track Stand-Up Cookie Cutter Set (affiliate link) I knew I had found the perfect activity. We would make an edible car track.
My cooking skills are just as good as my artistic ability (i.e. non existent) so we got Nana on board to help. Nana followed the recipe card that was found inside the Birkmann racing track to make the short pastry cookies. She substituted the butter and milk with dairy free products as Adam is milk intolerant. Getting the pastry the same thickness was difficult, although this rolling pin (affiliate link) could have helped. Nana said the cookie cutters were tricky to use and said I would have found it too hard (she knows me too well!). Once the cookies had been cooked and cooled we had to remove the track markings from the cookies. We lost several road cookie pieces in the process as many cracked – although that just meant more for me to eat!
I set the car track up on some artificial grass and added a few traffic signs and buildings from Adam’s train set. The car and motor cycle cookies fitted perfectly onto the cookie road and stood up easily.
Adam found the concept of an edible car very strange. When he first saw the track he smelt it, licked it and handed me a car. He got a little upset when I bit off a cars wheel but soon came round to the idea that he could play and eat with both the cars and the road.
I then decided to be brave and attempt to decorate the cars and motorbikes. The only equipment I had in the cupboards were Dr.Oetker Gel Food Colouring in black and red (affiliate link). Needless to say my artistic ability exceeded itself! I think I will be sticking to plain cars and motorcycles in the future.
* Wooden traffic signs and houses
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