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Herne Hill Kids' Lit Fest Challenge



🐣 Hooray for Springtime, and for nature in all its glorious forms. 💐


The third Challenge in the Herne Hill Kids' Lit Fest is based around Springtime. We hope the good weather will come quickly!

Our challenge for YOU this month is to spread the joys of springs.

CHICK out these BLOOMing activities to help you out.

1. Celebrate Spring with Lulu Loves Flowers.

Make some scrummy cakes to celebrate spring; what will you choose to decorate them with?

Anna McQuinn, author of the Lulu series, among many other lovely books, has a great recipe that's easy to follow, that makes 24 delicious treats to eat.

Cake ingredients

  • 170g (6 oz) butter or margarine

  • 170g (6 oz) sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 170g (6 oz) self-raising flour

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.

  2. Cream together margarine and sugar till light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating continuously. Sift in flour and mix gently.

  3. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin tin. Bake for 20 minutes (dependent on cake size) until golden brown and skewer comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Most cupcakes are decorated with butter cream, though for a flat top to decorate on, you can just mix icing sugar and water, then add food colourings.

Butter-cream icing/frosting ingredients

  1. Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth.

  2. Then add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of the milk, adding more milk if necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

  3. Add the food colouring and mix until well combined.

  4. Spoon the icing into a piping bag and pipe the icing using a spiralling motion onto the cup cakes in a large swirl.

Then comes the exciting bit... designing your decorations.
You can also buy ready-made plain cakes and go straight to the decorating.
It's hard to know where to begin, so here are some photos to inspire you. 

Get some jellies, Smarties, Sprinkles, biscuits, jellybeans, marshmallows or fondant and get creative!


If you enjoyed this, check out Anna's Website for more Lulu Loves Flowers activities. You can also download the activity sheet below to draw and colour in some nature for Lulu. 

2. Try your hand at some flower crafts with this great video on how to make easy origami tulips.

You could stick them on a card to give to someone, or gift them as a bunch!

3. Create your own beautiful painted eggs - with a book-themed twist!

Welcome in the new season with some inspiring, beautiful excerpts from Masha and the Firebird, by the brilliant author Margaret Bateson-Hill, illustrated by the wonderful Anne Wilson.

Use the template below to design your own egg, then maybe paint a real ceramic, hard-boiled or polystyrene one! What powers will your egg have? 

🐣 We are celebrating our theme of SPRING with the following titles this month, click on a book to buy. 🐣

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