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Muddy Faces

Published on 13.05.20 in Nature

Spring Recipes

The spring gives us a fantastic opportunity to start campfire cooking. Simple soups are great, and campfire bread or pancakes, or how about fire-popped popcorn?

To help you get started check out our guides to:

It's a great time of year for wild garlic pesto and wild garlic butter - see below for recipes.

And why not give elderflower cordial a go? Don't forget to pick the flowers early in the morning if you can - they start to smell a bit like wee if you pick later in the day!

Next week we will be exploring nettles.

New lockdown information page - we'd value your input

What resources are you finding useful / are you working on / would you recommend, specifically to support people/children to access nature/the outdoors during this lockdown period?

We'll add your answers to our new lockdown information page on our Outdoor Hub. Email us using or tag us in social media. Thank you.

woman in a green tshirt sitting in a shed full of interesting items, reading a poem from a piece of paper

Sharing your ideas:

We were delighted last week to be featured in this amazing poem by Anna Outdoors (currently Anna Indoors!).

The poem was written for Anna's Forest School crew, who she is missing right now - it describes the amazing range of activities and time they spend together, and is a lovely ode to outdoor play and learning that we're sure many of you will relate to.

It starts:

"I am sitting here in my Forest School shed,
but I would much rather be with you instead."

later on she says

"I have been practising silent achoos with our Muddy Faces dragon’s sneeze,
In the correct position, down on our knees."

Anna has recorded a lovely video of herself, sitting in that shed, reading the poem. Watch it here.

Do tag us with your ideas, creations and activities on social media - we love to share them with our amazing outdoor community (with your permission of course).

🐸🐸🐸 Big Frog Comp! 🐸🐸🐸

You have til midnight tonight (Wednesday 13 May) to enter.

One winner will receive a frog-tastic prize bundle worth £50:

🐸 Discover Frogs Set

🐸 Frogilo Frog and Toad House

5 x 2nd place winners will win:

🐸 Life cycle of a frog

10 x runners up prizes of:

🐸 Frog finger puppets

🐸 To enter this amazing competition answer these two questions:

1. How did the frog get out when he fell in a bucket of milk?
Clue: you'll find the answer on our Frog Inspirations page

2. We've created a selection of Inspirations pages to stimulate your time outdoors - what new Inspirations page would you like to see, on a theme that we haven't already covered?

Send your answers to
(we won't accept entries via social media - only using this address please)

Competition closes Wednesday 13 May, at midnight.
Click here for competition terms and conditions


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Dragons Sneeze

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We really do encourage you to get outside if you can - the benefits to your health and wellbeing are huge - you can read all about them on the Outdoor Hub here.

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The Outdoor Hub has a wealth of inspiring activities, events and information. Each section has been designed to encourage engagement in the outdoors, connection with nature and to help spark imaginative play and creativity.

Wild garlic pesto

Super easy to make and super strong!

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Wild garlic butter

Super easy to make and a perfect partner with campfire bread.

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Campfire baked potatoes

So simple but ohhhh so yummy, healthy and filling!

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Campfire bread on a stick

Freshly baked bread smells even better on a campfire! Here’s a quick unleavened (non yeast) recipe to try.

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Campfire orange cakes

A fun, yummy campfire cake activity. Plus, reflections on campfire cooking methods & why these cakes taste SO good!

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Campfire buns or fairy cakes

Our favourite traditional little sponge buns baked on a campfire.

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Campfire popcorn in a pan

A simple way to cook a large quantity of great tasting (and not smoky) popcorn.

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Make a sieve popcorn cooker

Cooking popcorn in sieves is a wonderful visual experience - here's how to make your own.

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Campfire popcorn in a sieve

Wonder at all the science conversations and questions that will be stimulated watching these tasty little explosions.

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Deep learning with dandelions - part 1

A four-year-old's immersive experience with dandelions.

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Deep learning with dandelions - part 2

The story of a dandelion jam adventure – from foraging to eating – and the mistakes & learning along the way.

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Dandelion jam recipe

A simple jam recipe for a tasty use of your freshly-foraged dandelions.

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