Bake some gingerbread robins

This fun baking activity is a simple way to get the whole family into the festive spirit.

Tie this activity in with learning about robins and winter birdlife for a more informative session. Or simply use it as a way to reduce your plastic use – baking saves you buying biscuits, and the packaging that comes with them.

Less plastic is good for the planet – so get baking and have fun!

Gingerbread robin biscuits © Catherine Leatherland

What you will need:

  • Butter (110g)
  • Sugar (110g)
  • Plain flour (250g)
  • Bicarbonate of soda (1/2 tsp)
  • Ground ginger (1-2 tsp)
  • Syrup (2 tbsp – warmed)
  • A mixing bowl
  • A wooden spoon
  • A glass (or circular cutter)
  • A baking tray
  • Baking paper
  • An oven
  • Fondant icing tubes (writing icing)

How to bake gingerbread robins:

  1. Mix together the butter and sugar until it is soft and smooth.
  2. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and warmed syrup. Mix until it forms a dough.
  3. Knead the dough and roll it out onto a floured surface.
  4. Use a glass, or circular cutters if you have them, to cut out circles from the dough.
  5. Place the circles onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  6. Bake in the oven on 180℃ (gas mark 4) for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool.
  8. Use the fondant icing to decorate your biscuits as robins – use black for the eyes, beak and wings. Use swirls of red for the red breast.
  9. Your biscuits are ready to share and eat!


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Time to complete

1 hour

Suitable for age

Suitable location

Resource Level

Curriculum linked

Technologies (Food technology)

Health and Wellbeing (Food and health)

Numeracy and Mathematics (Number and measure; Shape, position and movement)

Expressive Arts (Art and design)

Religious and Moral Education (Christianity)


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