Our Biscotti al Rosmarino grew out of our rosemary play dough.
Actually, I need to go back a little further. I wanted to attract the children’s attention to the rosemary in our kindergarten garden. I remembered seeing posts on using aromas in play dough, so I decided to give rosemary play dough a whirl.
We took a couple of children out to the garden to collect the rosemary, then sat a small group down to cut it up. The performance of our Kiddie Kutter knives was disappointing. We found that scissors worked better.
My co-educator took the lead in making the play dough with the children, adding the rosemary, and taking the colour from its flowers rather than the leaves.
The play dough has interesting flecks of green that add texture and visual difference. It does not smell particularly strong at first, but the aroma emerges more as it warms up while you work it.
The pretty terracotta pot turned out not to work very well. The children stuffed it full of play dough when then dried quickly to the thirsty unglazed pot and was extremely difficult to get out again.
But it was the conversation while playing with the fresh warm dough that turned out to be really productive. They chatted about what rosemary is and what you can use it for, and came up with the idea of making some biscuits.