Over the Summer we are sharing some of our favourite children’s books. Beata, our Programme Delivery Manager includes Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper as her all-time favourite children’s book!

“This is my all-time favourite children’s book, I read it endless times to my own children and when they grew up, I was always on a look out to find an opportunity to read it to anyone interested!

Duck, Cat and Squirrel live together. They enjoy each other’s company and make sure to help one another. But Duck decides that he is a little bored with a routine and wants to do something new… His attempt is met with a fierce opposition and the three friends fall out in anger. Duck leaves. Cat and Squirrel wait. And wait. And wait for his return. They decide to find Duck and make up so that they can all be friends again. This lovely story about friendship and sharing resonates with all ages.

The story is a rhythmical traditional tale that is perfect to teach during any EYFS or KS1 Autumn or harvest topic.  And it’s a great book to read at any time of the year, even the Summer months!”

Using a pumpkin inspired recipe can help inspire instructional writing with young children. Recipes are a great way to build confidence in reading and following instructions and also you get to eat something tasty at the end of all the hard work!

Create or find a recipe to follow. Help your child to read the ingredients and then make a list of what items are needed. Go to the supermarket to locate and buy the ingredients and then return home to start cooking! Follow the instructions on the recipe and enjoy eating the result.

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