10,000 hedgehogs invade museum

Posted by ap507 at Nov 07, 2014 11:51 AM |
Thousands of dough critters to help children learn to count as part of University of Leicester and schools project at New Walk Museum

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 7 November

Photo / media opportunity: please arrange by contacting Dr Rose Griffiths on rnag1@le.ac.uk or call 0116 229 7530. Photos can be arranged 8 - 12 November, 2014 between 11:00am – 4:00pm at New Walk Museum’s Victorian Gallery, Leicester.

Just before hibernation puts them into a deep sleep over the winter period, thousands of salt-dough hedgehogs will be snuffling their way into Leicester at an exhibition at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in Leicester between 8 - 12 November.

The hedgehogs have been made by children from all over the city and county, in schools, nurseries and at home, as part of a University of Leicester project to teach children the importance of mathematics and learning how to count.

Over 4,000 children and hundreds of teachers and parents have joined in, leading to the creation of 10,000 unique hedgehogs that will be positioned at the New Walk Museum before eventually going on tour in schools around the city and county. 

The Museum’s Victorian Gallery has been transformed with a grass ‘lawn’ for the hedgehogs to roam, and children and adults who visit can rearrange them, count them and look for their favourites, as the hedgehogs come in a variety of shapes and sizes and have distinct personalities in their design.

The project has been organised by Dr Rose Griffiths from the University of Leicester’s School of Education, who said: “Having a large number of things to count helps children to see how our number system is built on tens, hundreds and thousands. Children who have seen the hedgehogs already have enjoyed putting them in different patterns – and they love trying to work out how many there are!

“Being able to count using bigger and bigger numbers gives a sound basis for improving children’s arithmetic, and one of the most useful activities that parents and carers can do at home is to practice counting – both forwards and backwards.”

Visitors to the Museum can collect a recipe providing instructions on how to make your own salt-dough woodland friend.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 8 November until Wednesday 12 November between 11:00am to 4:00pm each day including Sunday. After this time the hedgehogs will be going on tour to schools and other venues around the city until the spring.


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For more information please contact Dr Rose Griffiths on rnag1@le.ac.uk


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