All About Snails for Young Children 

Gardeners don’t like Snails for obvious reasons but kids are fascinated by them AND they are incredibly interesting creatures AND very gymnastic AND make very good pets!

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO ON SNAILS

Looking at them through the eyes of a child they are quite incredible creatures with their slippery silver trails and waving tentacles.  What other creature carries its house on its back!  It’s the stuff of fairy tales.

In the video Lizzie finds a snail eating  her plants and decides to find out how she can stop this happening without hurting the snail. There is also an investigation for parents or teachers to carry out with their children.

This is the first of two programmes. In the second programme Lizzie will be looking inside the snail shell and exploring spiral shapes in nature and buildings.   There will also be some art activities inspired by spirals.

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BLUE. The latest learning programme for Little Ones from JUMBLE HOUSE

BLUE

The colour BLUE. The letter B.b. The number 8 and fun with mixing shades of blue, collage, science, counting, number concepts and letter recognition and writing.

Click here to go to the programme

About the series:

The videos in this series consist of thematic, multisensory fun learning programmes for preschoolers. A learning through play approach.

The introduction is the same for each programme encouraging children to join in. They are presented by my ‘Jumbles’ toys, Lizzie Witch and Georgie Jumble.

There are NO super heroes. NO goodies and baddies. NO loud music or dramatic light effects!

Just good, calm, but fun thematic programmes which aims to motivate youngsters to be creative and to develop a lifetime love of learning. Art, craft, science, numbers and pre-reading skills.

Made initially for my own grandchildren I hope you will enjoy them too.

If you do please subscribe to my channel and follow us on Instagram: learning_for_young_children

Twitter: @JumblesThe

And Facebook: @JumbleFun

http://www.jumblefun.net

Channel: http://tinyurl.com/funjumbles

email: jumblefun@gmail.com

It’s Raining. Art meets Science

Make a rainy day fun by finding out more about rain.

What is rain? What shape do raindrops make in puddles? Why do wet pebbles look shiny?

There are so many questions to find the answers to and so many art and craft projects to continue the theme and explorations.

Follow the link below and watch the short video with your child. Then start to look, to listen, to investigate.

It’s Raining. Art meets Science

Simple answers to those difficult questions:

What is rain?

Rain falls from clouds. Clouds are made from lots and lots of tiny water droplets. These droplets move around and bump into each other They stick together into clumps that get bigger and heavier. Eventually they get so big and heavy they can’t float any more and they fall to the ground as rain.

Why are wet stones and pebbles shiny and darker than dry ones?

The water coats the stone giving it a smooth surface. Light reflects off this surface just like it does in a lake or in the sea.

What shape do raindrops make on puddles?

Rain drops make concentric circles. That is one circle inside another. You can illustrate this by putting a very small plate on a slightly la4her one and that on top of a larger one still.

Why do raindrops stay on top of leaves?

Leaves are covered with a kind of waxy coat. Some leaves are more waxy than others. This makes them waterproof and so the raindrops stay on the surface..

Why do raindrops on a window always go down and never up?

its all to do with the pull of gravity. Gravity is like a great big magnet pulling everything down towards the ground. Without gravity we would float in the air and so would all the cars and buses! When raindrops land on the window the6 are pulled downwards by gravity. As they travel down the window they bump into other drops and be one heavier. The heavier they b3come the faster they move.,

For related art and craft projects please see the previous two posts. Or search for raindrops and Concentric circles.

Georgie in China Town

Georgie visited China Town today. ,it was only a short visit. Just for a couple hours so there is much more waiting to be explored.

To see her visit today follow this Link: A glimpse of China Town for young children.

It’s not the first time she has visited. Last year she went during Chinese New Year to see the amazing lights. If you would like to see them too visit this links: 2016 China Town Lights

Tomorrow is New Years Eve and we will be filming from Marina Bay

If you want to see how Singapore welcomed in the New Year of 2016 then follow this link: Happy New Year Singapore 2016

The Jumbles in Singapore

The Jumbles are traveling in Singapore .

Follow them to experience the sights, smells, tastes and culture of this amazing country.

Today Georgie visited Chinatown.

Later we will post a video of what she saw plus an I spy worksheet for children.

In two days time we will be at Marina Bay for the countdown to New Year and the incredible firework display. Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

This is the third time that the JUMBLES have visited Singapore. There are lots of videos already posted on our channel.

See below for the link to the playlist Singapore for Kids.

Singapore for families. Past years.

Little Lizzie Lizard

Today we saw a lizard in our little garden. She was very active and very healthy. But, a year ago we found one in our cantina. She wasn’t very well at all. We christened her ‘Little LIZZIE Lizard’.

Read on to find out what happened.

Yesterday we found this little lizard in our cantina and it wasn’t very well. We called it Little Lizzie Lizard!

She looked so thin and lifeless and so dull that we were really afraid she would  die but we were determined to do our best and try to help her.  First we needed to find out some facts about lizards.  We have shared them and the story of Little Lizzie Lizard below.


Some Lizard Facts!

Lizards belong to an animal class called REPTILES.
Reptiles (with a few exceptions) are cold-blooded animals which lay eggs. They have a backbone, four legs and are covered in scales.   Lizards can be found all over the world except at the North and South Poles.

 Can you guess why? 

There are over 3,000 different types of lizards and they come in all sorts of shapes, colours and sizes! The smallest measures a tiny 7cms whereas the largest, the Komodo Dragon can reach lengths of 3 metres.
Lizards have four legs each with five little toes and they are very fast runners and very good at climbing. They also have a very long tail part of which can detach itself if a predator grabs hold! The lizard then grows another one!

They are insectivores which means that they eat only insects but some of the larger ones are carnivores and eat small animals,
Most lizards live in trees or under rocks and are more active at night. During the day they like to sunbathe!

 Why?? .
Well, it has something to do with the fact they aren’t found at the North or South Poles !!
Do you know what the climate is like at the poles?
Yes! Ice and snow and VERY cold.
You and I and all mammals like dogs and cats and rabbits and mice and horses are warm bloodied which means we are able to control our body temperature. To keep it the same even when the temperature outside changes. But reptiles and that includes lizards, are cold bloodied which means that they can’t control their body temperature. So they need to sunbathe to warm up!

This is why our little lizard was so poorly when we found her.   She had been locked in a cold underground room with no sun and was very, very cold.  She was also very dehydrated which means her  body was lacking in water and dehydration is very serious.  We couid tell she was poorly because she was so happy to be handled and that is NOT normal.   The poor thing hadn’t the energy to run away!


So!  The Jumbles came to the rescue!!

We had to warm her up and re-hydrate her which means we had to make sure she drank some water.  We held her near a bowl of water and were really pleased because she started to lap it up !

Then we found a nice big bowl and popped her in with a shallow bowl of water and then we put it in a nice warm spot outside but not in direct sunlight because it is VERY hot here at the moment.  We also gave her a little box just in case she wanted to hide!


Then we left her in peace but kept checking every hour.

After about four hours Lizzie Lizard was looking very different. More alert and a much better colour !  So we put a few ants and maggots into the bowl to tempt her to eat.  The DOG BISCUIT was not for Lizzie Lizard! It was just a quick way to catch some insects and transport to the bowl !


By the following morning Lizzie Lizard  was anxious to get out and, instead if wanting to be handled she ran off when we tried to touch her !

That was a good sign Lizzie was feeling normal again.

It was time to let her out !


And that’s what we did!

It was such a great feeling to have helped an animal back to health and to return it to the wild.

Video of Little Lizzie Lizard’s recovery!

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