Hilda the Hedgehog
W/C: 1st November
This week in our classes, we have the tale of a young Hedgehog who refuses to listen to her family when they tell her it’s time for hibernation; instead of sleeping, she heads off on an adventure in the woodland (turns out her mum is right in the end though…of course!). Hmm, anyone experienced similar sleep conflicts…. you might tell, from the number of stories that centre around sleep, that this is a frequently addressed ‘conversation’ in Beanstalk Arts HQ!
Activity-wise there is obviously a mixture of hedgehogs and forest-related things you can do! Here are a few ideas…
Arts, crafts and play:
- Here’s a rather gorgeous list of hedgehog crafts – speaking from experience, we would definitely recommend the loo-roll hedgehogs! https://artsycraftsymom.com/hedgehog-crafts-for-kids/
- You could make or get the playdough out and make some hedgehogs by sticking matchsticks into lumps of dough.
- Baking hedgehog buns! I have strong memories of making these in my childhood with my gran – there are a lot of different recipes, here’s one: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/hedgehog-rolls
- Not directly hedgehog related, but for a bit of woodland adventuring, why not try Andy’s sound adventures – British Woodland (11 minutes) https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07h67zt
- And here’s the BBC ‘Slow Radio’ podcast with a soundscape of a walk into the Gwydyr Forest – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06ngtsd
- It’s gotta be the wonderful Cosmic Kids Yoga – here’s a playlist of some woodland adventures – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8eMSTZ1LbI
Stories set in the woodland and/or around the theme of family…
- Owl Babies – Martin Waddell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPQRiSTYFHo
- The Fox and the Star – Coralie Bickford Smith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrxED9Ze9Fo
- That’s Not My Hedgehog! – F Watt/ F Wells
Or have a hunt around your books for something in the woodland!
- Very short – here’s Spike the Hedgehog from CBeebies (1.5 minutes) = https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/get-squiggling-hedgehog
- CBeebies – Andy’s Secret Hideout, Hedgehog – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKoVE58sscE (2 minutes long)
- ‘Have you heard about Hugh’ a song from Nick Cope about a little hedgehog in peril (with a happy ending, phew!) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntbFLhWmbIs