Over half term and this week, the children from all the bases have been having great fun.

Hedgehogs have been making magic potions in the water tray, mixing colours, adding sparkles, magic bubbles.  Decorating pumpkins and comparing sizes.
Making pumpkin soup, exploring, coloured rice and rice krispis as well as jelly and spiders. Exploring in the big playground to discover spiders and their webs.

Rabbits have been dressing up, playing with jelly and rice.  Rabbits children have had great fun making pumpkin pictures with apples.

Foxes and Badgers children over the holidays explored looking at real different size pumpkins, which was the biggest, medium size and the smallest one. Autumn is full of lots of different colours so we tried mixing our own colours using a paint palette. We made biscuits leaf fairies, fir cone spiders and went on a pumpkin hunt, we found 10 pumpkins.

 

What are you going to do with your pumpkins?  Some ideas to reuse your pumpkins are:

  • Roasted pumpkin seeds make an excellent energy snack, wash and dry the seeds put them on a baking tray adding any spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger. Put them in the oven until they are toasted
  • Make a soup with the flesh by adding chopped onions, garlic and vegetable stock. Cook and blend to required texture.
  • To your soup mixture add coconut milk, fresh coriander and green curry paste to make a spicy Thai version.
  • The skins can also be roasted into crisps.

Pumpkins are not natural to the woodland and while some wildlife may enjoy a tasty snack it can make others, such as hedgehogs, very poorly. “Feeding pumpkins, or any other food in the forest, to birds, foxes, badgers, deer, and boar can make them unwell and can spread disease.