Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Midweek Moments-Biscuit Pigeons

The pigeon-one of my favorite book characters. There is a little bit of pigeon in all of us somewhere. Every parent recognizes their child in some part of the pigeon's logic, and every child has used similar techniques to "negotiate" what they want. The story today is "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus", but this food art could work with any of the pigeon books, or could be adapted to a variety of other animals.

You will need: Refrigerator biscuits (or homemade dough)-2 biscuits per pigeon.
                        Blue and yellow food coloring (or any other color you want to use)
                        A candy "eye", brown M&M or raisin for the eye
                        Two small pretzel sticks per pigeon

This food art starts with a "roll" of refrigerator biscuits-each pigeon takes two biscuits. I like to use small pieces of parchment for each child to have their own space. Take the first biscuit and "flatten" out the top of the circle (to make it look like a half circle) this will be the body of the pigeon.

Use the other biscuit to make the neck, head and beak of the pigeon. This can be done easily by pinching some dough to make the neck, then forming the head and pinching a beak from the remaining dough.

Attach the neck to the body. This can be done by simple squishing the dough together. If the dough is having a hard time sticking, moisten each side with a little bit of water and then stick the pieces together. Be careful not to use too much water, a little bit on your finger is plenty.

Put 5 drops of blue food coloring into a small amount of water (1-2 tablespoons), and 3 drops of yellow food coloring in another 1-2 tablespoons of water. Paint the pigeon's body and neck blue. Paint the beak yellow (or paint it any way you want). Put onto a cookie sheet (still on the parchment) and bake according to biscuit directions.

Allow to cool until your pigeon is just warm to the touch. Add the eye (a candy eye, M&M, raisin or chocolate chip) to the pigeon's head (just one), and two pretzel sticks to the bottom (for legs). Allow to finish cooling.

Want to see it done? Find our video here....

Tips and tricks:
*Food coloring-even watered down does stain! Protect clothes and surfaces as needed.
*If you are working with more than one child, write names on the parchment paper to ensure that everyone gets the right pigeon back!
*To keep your colors from getting muddied, use just one brush per color.
*This same idea could be used to create other animals or things!
*As always remember-
                  You are making memories, not masterpieces!

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