Today’s book project idea has a spooky Halloween theme based on the Jampires book by Sarah McIntyre & David O’Connell . I have been desperate to create a craft for this book for some time but knew it would be a lovely add on to the Halloween crafts we are working on. I’m so glad I held out.
This lovely book is riddled with rhyming words and beautiful pictures of sugary lands. It conjures up a real sense of magic and is a lovely way to take the fear out of the idea of vampires. Both the kids loved the thought that Jampires live in a world of sweet treats and it really helped set the tone for the following craft. All that talk of sherbet snow and jam tarts growing like flowers meant I was met with squeals of excitement at making our own jammy goodness in the kitchen.
I spent some time thinking about what craft to run alongside this story. I knew I wanted it to be a cooking craft but I was leaning every which way when it came to which recipe. I am so glad that we went with the humble jam tart. I think it’s easy to get carried away sometimes and that can end up taking away from the enjoyment. Keeping things simple means that both of the kids can do everything themselves. It gives them a real sense of achievement knowing that they were fully responsible for making these delicious morsels. (They really were tasty!)
As the making and baking of this one was so simple and quick we sat down with the book once more after baking and enjoyed reading it all the more while wiping sticky jam off our chins and brushing crumbly pastry crumbs off the pages. Enjoy!
Simple Jam Tarts
These simple jam tarts are perfect for little fingers to make and taste amazing!
- Jampires book Not for eating!
- ready roll shortcrust pastry One roll makes approximately 10
- strawberry jam
- cutters Use round ones a little larger than the holes in your baking tray.
- cake baking tray
- butter or oil for greasing
Read the book before the craft. It always helps get the kids into the spirit of the craft. (And of course read it again and again afterwards!)
Preheat your oven to gas mark gas mark 5/375F
Roll out your pastry and use your cutter to cut round pastry shapes.
Grease your baking tray.
Place your pastry circles into the holes and press in gently to create a bowl shape.
Spoon your jam into each well you’ve created and smooth down.
Bake in the oven for approximately 15-20 minutes or until your pastry is gently golden. (It will continue to firm up as it cools.)
Allow to cool.
I can not express strongly enough how hot the jam gets. Please make sure that any use of the oven or touching of the finished tarts is completely supervised by an adult.
I can not express strongly enough how hot the jam gets! Please make sure that any use of the oven or touching of the finished tarts is completely supervised by an adult.
As with all of the crafts we share with you, we ask you to make sure that they are age appropriate for your little ones. Never leave them alone with items they can choke on or use sharp or unsafe objects during play. Stay safe little Journey Jellies.
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