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Elder-flower Cordial

Today was a Forest School First-we made our own elder-flower cordial…Forest School style!

We started our morning by finding/identifying the elder trees in our woods, using a range of different methods. One group used a tree ID app on the iPad, another group used a tree ID flow chart and the last group used leaf and tree picture matching charts.

Once we knew we’d got the right tree, we collected some freshly cut elder-flowers, snipped the flowers fromĀ the stalks and gave them all a good wash.

Then we put some water into our Kelly Kettle, lit a fire and placed the kettle on top. We all took it in turns to add some sticks to keep the fire going and before long the water was boiling…

We added some sugar and lemons to the pan, poured on the boiling water and gave it a stir. It smelt and looked great!

We will need to leave the elder-flower cordial to infuse overnight…then it will need to be sieved and strained…but it will be ready for breakfast time when we get to school in the morning. Watch this space for an update!!

After a drink and snack we all had a turn at using the fire striker to make a spark, and of course, a lot of fun was had playing games and enjoying using the site with our friends.

 

UPDATE…The Elder-flower drink was DELICIOUS!! Very well done Beeches…all the children (and staff!) loved it and I’m sure that this will become an annual Forest School treatĀ as soon as the elder flowers are ready.

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