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Has anyone got any great ideas or hopefully resources for using the helen Cooper story Pumpkin soup? I am getting pretty desperate and need some help for tomorrow if poss!!!! Thanks so much I get some really great ideas and advice from here

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is that the one withe the duck who wants to stir the soup?


can you make pumpkin soup...theres plenty around at the moment.

Could you do a role play with the animals (using chilren and masks, and a huge bowl for the soup?)

sorry i cant remember the animals..is there a squirrel?

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On Teachers TV last year I saw one programme where they had a pumpkin and the children ould hammer golf tees into it for motor skills. It was fab and we had a go at nursery - not a pumpkin tho', an old leathery marrow which worked just as well.

Do try it - its great but the golf tees have to be washed before you sneak them back into your husbands golf bag............. they get really sticky. We used a mallet which was ok cos we don't have a small hammer.

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My class love the golf tee activity :D


Easy Pumpkin Soup



1 large pumpkin, cut in chunks

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 medium red chilli, chopped

1 can coconut milk or cream

lots of coriander leaves

salt and pepper





1. Cut the pumpkin into quarters so they are a manageable size to work with. Scoop out the seeds and remove the skin.

2. Chop the flesh into small chunks and cook in boiling water until soft.

3. Meanwhile, add the chilli, garlic, half the corinader, salt and pepper to a blender and whiz until well blended.

4. When the pumpkin is soft, drain the cooking water but reserve it. Put the pumkin into the blender with the chilli mix and blend.

5. Put the mixture back into a saucepan, add the coconut milk and simmer. If it is too thick, add some of the reserved cooking water.

6. Serve in large bowls and add the remaining chopped coriander for garnish.




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The story is called "Pumpkin Soup" by Helen Cooper and there are three main characters a duck, a cat and a squirrel - good for role play area perhaps a kitchen with a large pot, ask the children to write out recipe cards, put out some spoons, different (real) vegetables? Use props to tell the story and then leave them out for the children to re-enact the story and tell it from another perspective or just simply sequence it.


You could use a real pumpkin and count the seeds inside - a good multi-sensory experience. The children could make a counting book shaped like a pumpkin and cut out pumpkin seeds and stick them in counting them as they glue them. You could sort, weigh and measure different types of squash and look at the textures and colours - some skins are yellow, white and green! The children could taste cooked squash or make collages with different seeds. There is an excellent PSED speaking and listenting about friendship, teamwork and sharing with this story. Look out for the insects on each page what are they doing?


Do you like soup?

Do you help out in the kitchen?

Do you sometimes disagree with your friends - what happens?


Hope this helps?


Good basic recipe for pumpkin soup on ]http://www.bigeyedowl.co.uk/favourite_recipes.htm





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Here's a slightly different recipe. It was very popular last year - we gave copies to many parents!


Pumpkin Soup

2 tablespoons butter 1 onion, diced

2 carrots, peeled and diced 1 apple, peeled and diced

2 cups fresh pumpkin, roasted and diced, see note below

1 tablespoon sage leaves 3 cups chicken/vegetable stock

1 cup cream Salt and freshly ground pepper

In a stockpot over medium heat, melt butter and saute onion, carrot, apple, roasted pumpkin, and sage until all are tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Puree the mixture in a food mill; if you do not have a food mill, then puree in a food processor or blender. Return the puree to the stockpot, add the chicken stock and simmer for 15 minutes. Then add the cream and simmer for 5 more minutes, lowering the heat if necessary so it does not boil. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Divide soup among 4 soup bowls and serve immediately.

Cook's Note: To roast pumpkin, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut whole pumpkin in half and then cut each half into several pieces. Discard seeds or reserve for another use. Place pumpkin on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven until tender but not falling apart, about 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool, peel away skin, and dice.

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