Celia and Nonna Teddy Cakes recipe instructions Step #9
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Make these easy teddy cakes from my book.

In my new picture book I illustrated some teddy cakes that the character Nonna makes with Celia. I decided to recreate them in real life. I took a batch to Ivanhoe library where they were quickly gobbled up. I was told they were delicious  – I should have made more!

I am sharing the instructions here so educators and parents can enjoy this easy activity with their children. I don’t profess to be a cake decorator, my sister, Joy is the expert in that field I can honestly say this is an easy recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate cup cakes
  • small light brown biscuits (I used Almond Florentines)
  • Pink Smarties
  • Small chocolate drops (or brown smarties)
  • Soft white vanilla Icing
  • Black writing icing

You will need:

  • piping bag
  • butter knife
  • a sink of soapy water
  • will power not to eat all the left-overs!

Gather all the ingredients:

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Chocolate cup cakes. Make your own or buy them Chocolate chip is okay too.

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Shop bought Almond Florentines where used for a “Italian Nonna” theme but some children don’t like the strong marzipan taste of these. You can use any light coloured biscuit this shape. These were approximately 2cm wide.

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As I was making the cakes on a very tight time frame I used bought vanilla frosting in a small tub. The type that stays thick but soft.

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Pink Smarties for the teddy’s noses and small chocolate cooking drops for eyes. Alternatively you can use the brown Smarties for eyes. Do what you will with the left-overs – yum!

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Pretzels: we will loose a few to breakage but aim to break off the 2 sides like so. These will be our teddy’s ears. We will need enough for all our cakes.

When you have prepared your pretzel ears start assembling the nose. Spoon a good amount of icing into the piping bag and use to glue the pink Smarties to the florentines.

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Using the black writing icing pipe the mouth on the florentines.

Then stick the whole florentine to the cup cakes, slightly offset, allowing room for the eyes on one side.

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Making the eyes

Next, pipe a good amount of white icing onto the cupcake where the eyes will be. When we add the chocolate drop eyes the overflow will create part of the eye. Push each drop into the icing until almost touching the cake – but not quite!

Add a small amount of white icing to each end of the snapped off pretzel and push gently inot the cake until it grips. Ta-da!

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Smile teddy!

Lat tip: If transporting your lovely teddy cakes, use a muffin tray so they don’t slip around. We don’t want teddy looking beat up, do we?!

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If you have some teddy cake pictures you would like to share here, I would love to see them.

Enjoy!

Cartooning faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download
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How to draw cartoon faces – basic cheat sheet for kids and teachers.

Cartooning faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download

Cartoon faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download

An integration aid asked for a copy of my drawings I did at a literacy Expo. She wanted a cheat sheet. decided to upload it to share. I have created 2 page lesson sheet for anyone wanting to give drawing characters a go.

You begin with basic shapes, create eyes, noses and mouths, then mix and match the face parts to make characters. Jeanette Rowe, did a similar thing by using 2 pieces of paper. One to draw the parts and the next to trace over to make the faces.

Here are the parts I drew, cleaned up a little for a download:
My free cheat sheet for educators and parents (both sheets)

Cartooning faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download

Cartoon faces cheat sheet for educators and teachers free download

Free printables for kids. I Can Be Like Jesus- Colouring pages - Better Than A Superhero. Church and ministry activities for kids.
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Better Than A Superhero free printables and teacher’s notes.

Hey kids, here are the free printables for my newest book, Better Than  Superhero!

Better than a superhero- children's books about Jesus

Better Than A Superhero

Teachers: Download Teachers Notes and printables for Better Than A Superhero (includes all printables below)

Click on the images to open and download a word search and colouring pages – enjoy!

Free printables for kids. Word Search for Better Than A Superhero. Church and ministry activities for kids.

Free printables for kids. Word Search for Better Than A Superhero.

Free printables for kids. I Can Be Like Jesus- Colouring pages - Better Than A Superhero. Church and ministry activities for kids.

Free printables for kids. I Can Be Like Jesus- Colouring pages – Better Than A Superhero. Church and ministry activities for kids.

Free printables for kids. Jesus Is My Friend - Colouring pages - Better Than A Superhero. Church and ministry activities for kids.

Free printables for kids. Jesus Is My Friend – Colouring pages – Better Than A Superhero. Church and ministry activities for kids.

Slug In Love Illustration. Free colouring pages download. Free kids activities. Educational aids.
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Free Colouring Page Printables – Slug In Love

Slug In Love Illustration. Free colouring pages download. Free kids activities. Educational aids.

Slug In Love Illustration. FREE PRINTABLES – colouring pages. CLICK THIS IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD PDF 620KB

Strange subject hey? Slug In Love was the subject for the latest @DailyDoodle challenge on Twitter. How could I resist; the challenge to make something so gross and slimy – cute? My slugs are seriously in love and the wedding bells are ringing.  They are strawberry slugs, can you tell? I had requests for more kid’s colouring pages to download so I have uploaded this one too. You can access the free download by clicking on the image above.

Don’t forget I have pages I create for the kids when I launch a book. You can find more kid’s activities to download here: Education/Free activities for Kids!

There will be more coming including how to draw cheat sheets etc. Make sure you sign up for the weekly news to stay in the know!

Free colouring printables - Jesus hugs me mobile.
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Free colouring printables – Jesus loves me mobile.

Free colouring printables

This free colouring printable: Colour in and cut out to make a mobile. Children can child draw themselves on the little person. Slip it into Jesus’ arms.

Free colouring printables - Jesus hugs me mobile.

Free colouring printables – Jesus hugs me mobile.

This free colouring printable mobile can be downloaded from the Adoptive Father’s website. Click HERE or the image to access the download.

Free colouring pages, color pages for kids
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3 Free Kids Colouring Pages – Without Me

Free colouring pages, download free activities for kids #1 -With puppy & cat
Free colouring pages, download free activities for kids #2 -With brother on seesaw
Free colouring pages, download free activities for kids #3 -With family

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Search & Find Game

On every page of my book Adoptive Father, each illustration has a hidden cross.
On one special page there are 2 crosses to find; one cross is easy to find-the other is not so easy.

Did you find all the crosses?

Search and find the cross game in the picture book: Adoptive Father

Search and find the cross game in the picture book: Adoptive Father

You can find all the answers on the Adoptive Father’s answer page HERE

Free kids craft activity. Colour in and make a moving puppy.
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FREE craft activity- Make A Without Me Split Pin Puppy

The puppy in the picture book Without Me is very cute and so I had to make this split pin puppy for the kids.

Download, print and colour this activity for children on an A4 paper or card. Either use split pins for moving joints, or glue the pieces together.
Kids, you can share your creations by emailing me a photo. I may will even post it on here!

I love to see the children who enjoy the activities I make. Enjoy.

Free kids craft activity. Colour in and make a moving puppy.

Free kids craft activity. Colour in and make a moving puppy.

DOWNLOAD PDF- free-coloring-craft-for-kids-split-pin-puppy

Free coloring pages, free colour-in pages, free kids activities
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FREE Activity Sheet – Sunny The Caterpillar And Flower

I drew this illustration in my journal and as soon as I drew the outline.
I thought, Hey this would make a fun colour in page for the kids!
So here it is, you can download it and print it off to colour in yourself.

 

Free colour-in sheet for a fun activity.

Jacinta Age 11

Jacinta coloured her page in by making a darker line over the black lines and colouring the center gently with the pencils.

This one is from my journal after I finished in watercolour and ink. I shaded a little with a black pencil too.

The Fine and Sunny illustration can be download as a wallpaper too! See here…