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Aboriginal Art – Be a Tracker.

symbol collageWe’ve been tapping into the theme of ancient knowledge from native peoples around the world, so here’s something that children can try when making dens and secret paths for themselves. The Aborigines of Australia used these symbols to tell stories, but they can also be used to share observations and camp secrets for other travellers, but only if you know how to read the symbols.

Can you make up your own symbols and meanings to add to these?

Make a Birdfeeder on a Budget

With the winter still upon us, February is a lean time of the year for our feathered friends, so why not give them a helping hand, whilst also recycling something we all have hanging around the house – loo rolls. Why pay out for a plastic feeder when this simple solution will do the trick.

Birdfeeder CollageWhat You’ll Need:
Loo roll or kitchen roll tube • Lard • Mixed birdseed • Some string and a stick

Method

1. Tie a length of string around the middle point of your stick, securing it and making a loop in the loose end, leaving it long enough to hang outside your tube.

2. Melt some lard in a pan and then pour it onto an old baking tray. Allow it to cool and almost solidify, then roll the tube in the fat a few times to build up the layers.

3. Either roll the sticky tube in a tray of birdseed or sprinkle the seed onto the tube to get good coverage.

4. Carefully thread the string through the tube, so that the stick acts as a perch at the base.

5. You’re now ready to hang it in the garden, watch and wait for the birds to tuck in.

6. Any leftover lard and birdseed can be rolled up into a fat ball for the birds to enjoy.

Bush Tucker: Damper Bread on a Stick

We’ve had a lot of fun making damper bread over the campfire, as it’s quick, simple and kids love it. You can try it at home over a log fire. For an added festive twist, once cooked, why not give each piece a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon.

damper breadIngredients (enough for 10 dampers)
• 4 cups self raising flour
• 1½ cups milk (or water)
• ½ teaspoon of salt
• Green sticks (fresh hardwood) will need to be about as long as your arm and as thick as your thumb.

Method

  1. Mix the ingredients into a soft, light dough by adding the liquid to the flour slowly, constantly mixing with a knife, then knead for 5 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into balls slightly larger than a golf ball.
  3. Strip the sticks of their bark with a knife to ensure they’re clean.
  4. Work each portion of the dough onto the end of a stick in the shape of a sausage, making sure to cover the end of the stick.
  5. Cook each damper over the embers, turning constantly so as not to burn. After about 15-20 minutes, the damper should be golden on the outside and have doubled in size.
  6. Remove the damper from the stick, break it open and add your own topping; jam, butter or anything you like. Enjoy!
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