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Make some small bread rolls in the shape of hedgehogs, creating spines using scissors and with raisins for eyes. A delicious Autumn snack to share together!
What you need
Small hedgehog toy (optional)
350 grams of strong white bread flour
1 packet of Quick Action yeast
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
200 millilitres of warm water
Damp tea towel
This baking activity works best in small groups.
Make sure all the children wash their hands before you start.
What you do
Introduce the activity by talking about hedgehogs and how they like to hibernate in the Autumn.
Make the dough using the ingredients above. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Then, add the oil and water.
Combine everything together to make a firm dough. If it is sticky, add a bit more flour. If it seems dry, add some more water. (If you would prefer not to make the dough from scratch, you could use a 500g pack of white or brown bread mix instead.)
Let them take turns to knead the dough with their hands on a floury surface. Show them how to pull, fold and push the dough.
Separate the dough into six balls. Turn them into hedgehogs by pulling one side into a pointed nose.
Cover the hedgehogs with a damp tea towel and leave them to rise in a warm place.
Just before you put the dough into a pre-heated oven (200C/gas 6), help the children to use scissors to snip the dough into hedgehog spines. Add raisins for eyes and nose.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Tap the bottom of the rolls to see if they sound hollow. When they do, they are ready to eat!
Ready for more?
Go blackberry picking and make some blackberry jam to eat with the rolls.
Go to www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk and find out more about hedgehogs via the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Watch the award-winning film Hedgehog Close with the children available on the website. Use this as a stimulus to talk more about hedgehogs and why they hibernate.