4. Burglar Bill

Monday 25th January is St St Dwynwen's Day.


Baker Bill shows Betty how much he loves her by making heart shaped biscuits.

If you want to have a go here is the recipe from last week's activities:


You will need:

4 tablespoons of self-raising flour

2 tablespoons of caster sugar

2 tablespoons soft butter

A dash of milk


For decorating:

Writing icing

icing sugar mixed with a drop of water and a very small drop of red food colouring


First collect together the ingredients along with a bowl, rolling pin, heart shaped pastry cutters and a greased tray.


Next put the flour and sugar into the bowl.


Now cut the butter into cubes and tip them in.


With your fingertips rub into flour until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.


Press the mixture into a lump, if it is too dry add a splash of milk (take care not to make it wet).


You are ready to roll out on a clean flat surface until it is 1cm thick or slightly thinner.


Once you have done this use the cutters to cut out your heart shapes and then place the biscuits on the greased baking tray.


Ask a grownup to help you bake in a 160 degrees C oven for 12 minutes.


Finally once the biscuits have come out of the oven and had a chance to cool you can decorate them.

Activity 1:

Alphabetical order

You are going out again for this activity. Burglar Bill doesn’t drive a car, he prefers to stay local and go green, doing all his stealing on foot!


Car number plates are a useful way of the police knowing who has been where, especially if their owners have been up to no good.



Print off the document below or use a piece of paper, collect ten number plates from cars parked in your neighbourhood.


When you get home cut them out and arrange them in alphabetical order, you can ignore the numbers for this activity.


Remember, if two or more share the first letter you will need to compare the second and maybe even the third.

Activity 3:

Weigh up the evidence

For this you are going to need a ‘swag’ bag (pillowcase) and a set of bathroom scales. If you have a burglar mask that would be helpful, you don’t want to be recognised, do you?

Now you are going to burgle your house.


With help, collect SWAG from around your house and put it in your swag bag, about 8 things should be about right.


Once you have finished you are going to weigh your ‘ill-gotten gains’.


Stand on the scales, without your swag, how many kg do you weigh?

Write it down (don’t forget to write kg after the number).


Repeat but this time hold your swag bag, how many kg do you and your swag weigh?

Write it down.



Which is the bigger number?

Starting with this number take away the smaller weight (you might need a calculator for this).

The answer is how much your swag weighs!!!


You can extend this activity by trying to order the swag from lightest to heaviest by feel then check on your kitchen scales.


Don’t forget to tidy-up afterwards, I don’t want to get in trouble with Mum or Dad.


Activity 4:

What’s in the bag?

While you have your swag bag out, take it in turns with a partner to ‘steal’ something and put it in the bag.

The person who has done the stealing now answers questions asked by the other person.


Examples of questions:

  • What room would you find it in?
  • What is it made from?
  • Can you eat it?


The idea is to try and workout what is in the bag.