Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on September 26th, 2014

Blackberry picking & Baking

Activity hour has really taken off this year and I’ve found the more we do, the more ideas we have.  When something goes down really well we try to repeat it and in doing so the activity develops too. One of my favourite sessions this autumn has been blackberry picking and baking muffins.

 

 Blackberry Picking around the Farm

We start by distributing plastic containers and giving each child a target of how many blackberries to pick.  I am always surprised by how many have never picked blackberries before so I always begin with a little quiz on what to do and what to avoid before we set off. 

 

 Guidelines to children for blackberry picking

 The Mums and Dads help to ensure the children keep to the rules as we set off foraging on the farm.

 

 Blackberry Foraging

 

With our number quotas met we head back to my house and channel everyone in doors to wash hands while I wash the blackberries. The children then gather at my garden bench to stir the blackberries into my premade muffin mix.  I like to let the children all have a stir, lay out the baking cases and a chance to fill them with the mixture. This can be a challenge even for the more dexterous children, but a little slop never hurt and it is a great way to get them interested in baking. For all those who have tried my muffins and asked after the recipe here it is. It really is so simple that anyone could knock a batch up in minutes.

 

 Basic Muffin Mix

 

They cook at 200 degrees in just 15 minutes but the berries inside can be very hot straight from the oven so I always cool them on some racks for 5 to 10 minutes before allowing the children to taste their handiwork.

This gives us a little time to fill in with another craft and take their minds of the delicious smells coming from the kitchen.

 

Friendship bracelets and Hair Braids

 

With the older children we used the time to make hair braids from coloured wool. Farmer Kym is the expert and had all the children paired up each taking it in turn to braid their plait under instruction. We slipped a hair grip into the end to make them into removable hair braids while the boys tied them around wrists as friendship braids. If you are interested in how to make these keep an eye on my How to Make Craft posts as I will be doing a step by step guide.

 

Fun on the Trampoline

With the younger children their attention is already wavering so some fabric colouring and a little bounce on the trampoline with Clio in charge soon fills in the time till they can all get stuck into a warm muffin and head off with Guy for the afternoon train ride.

 

 

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