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Pumpkin Soup


When Louise was given a HUGE pumpkin recently, she just had to bring it along to kinder – to make pumpkin soup. Several children have said they eat it at home, and that they  like it.

One of the children wondered why it wasn’t orange – was it really a pumpkin?


That’s better.

The soup simmered, it was ready at lunchtime – and then only Meilyn liked it! She came back for seconds, and then thirds… I’m not sure why the others weren’t so keen – but the main thing was that most of them had a taste. (and all the adults enjoyed it!)


Tug o’ War



It started with 2 boys. They were each pulling at a piece of curtain material  - just to gain possession, it seemed. The only one that was going to give way was the  fairly flimsy fabric in the middle. We rescued the curtain and found a skipping rope instead. Suddenly lots of children were there. Sorted out into hopefully equal teams and learning the “rules” was quick – then we were playing tug o’ war. Surprisingly the teams really were equal, both in strength and determination. The rope  stretched  but didn’t break and the teams  came out equal!


What is an inventor?

Someone with an open eye and a quick mind to make new connections -

Tyrone's server

to see an old desk organizer and turn it into a waiter’s serving tray.

Someone like Tyrone.

His repurposed waiter’s tray is now an indispensable part of the café equipment in the home corner.

chick pea learning

One of the sorts of seeds Gareth brought in was chickpeas, grown by his mum and dad on their farm. So we planted them….


and used them for pouring and filling and exploring in the trough … (we found out that they bounce).

chick peas trough

and we made hummus with them. Nobody in this group had heard of hummus, although they knew about dip.

We looked at, smelt and discussed each ingredient. Tanner looked at the salt, thought it was sugar, and said “we can’t have that here”!!

We surveyed the responses – out of 17 children present, 9 liked it, 6 didn’t like it and 2 wouldn’t try it – but to balance that there were 4 children who LOVED it – we started off dipping carrot sticks and apple wedges, and when we ran out of those, they used pear wedges and banana pieces. Hummus is  simple – a can of chickpeas, a little tahini (Sesame seed paste), a dash olive oil, a clove of garlic, half a lemon juiced, pinch salt and maybe a little water, all whizzed together in the food processor. I kept it very mild, but it was still tasty.


Thanks to the farmers who grew all but one of these ingredients.




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