How to do Biscuit Art

Little Person wants to be an artist when she grows up. When asked what kind of art, she replied baking art. Which turned into biscuit art. Which turned into an afternoon activity. (Apologies for photo quality. They are straight off my phone.)


Buy various cake decorating bits and bobs. (We bought little stars,mini smarties and wafer butterflies.  I also bought rainbow shoelace sweets but they didn’t get used.) 

Buy biscuits. Or make them. We bought rich tea biscuits, but only used the round ones. 

Buy icing materials. Icing sugar, food colouring, that sort of thing. We bought the icing writing packs but they can be tricky to work with. 

Setting up

You need to put all your decoratables within easy reach. Make a small bowl of icing (tip: you never need as much water for your icing as you think you do). You might want to split this into various colours.for use as background colours. 

You will need space for each work and a variety of spreading tools. 

The biscuit art itself

Basically, you let the little munchkins lose on the biscuits.  First with their choice of icing background colour. Then they can add their own decorations as they see fit. Little Person gives you an example below. 

Bonus points for a lesson in Internet safety.  And no. I have no idea why it is upside down.  

Here’s some of what we made. 

The patterns were made by pulling at the icing with a toothpick. 

And one more.

 As you can see the possibilities are endless…

Good points

Good for imagination, parallel play, sharing, can be a shared activity across multiple levels of ability. 

Easy to put together and put away. 

Not so good points 

Not.good for food allergies, or when Little Person eats all the leftover icing. Can be tricky when the thing doesn’t work out quite to plan. 

High possibility of mess, if that sort of thing bothers you. 

Overall score: 5/5

We will definitely do this again.  Unless we don’t.  


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