Mr Gumpy’s Outing activity ideas

Hello everyone!

I loved the story Mrs Howe read about Mr Gumpy’s outing and i hope you did too?

I have been going for some lovely walks in the Merry Hill fields and have been noticing all the wild flowers and long swishy grass growing. Do you remember the part of the story when Mr Gumpy, the children and all of the animals walk home across the fields? Could you find a field near your house and go on an adventure? Maybe you could collect some leaves, plants or flowers along the way.

Here are some activity ideas to try with your nature treasures that you might find

You could make some salt dough and use your flowers and leaves to make an imprint. You could make a hole so they can be hung with string or ribbon and paint them when they are dry.

Salt Dough Recipe

  • 1 cup of plain flour (about 250g)
  • half a cup of table salt ( about 125g)
  • half a cup of water (about 125ml)



1. Mix the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the water and stir until it comes together into a ball

2. Roll the mixture out onto a floured work surface and make your imprints

3. Put your finished items on a lined baking sheet and bake for 3 hours until solid

4. Leave to cool and then paint

Do you remember at the end of the story when they all sat down for tea together? Maybe you could set up a picnic for your toys outside in the garden. You could lay a blanket on the floor with some cushions and use a toy tea set or perhaps some real cupsand saucers. Could you make some salt dough cakes using the recipe above for your tea party? How about using some of those wild flowers from your walk for a messy play pouring activity. Stir some petals in to make it smell extra special.

I would love to see some pictures of you trying out any of the ideas it really makes our day to see you having fun at home

Love from Mrs Hill and all the nursery teachers x