Let’s Make a Picture Frame

The second of the Sunday Challenges on recycling old magazines.

Georgie and Alfie make picture frames from magazine pages.

This activity is suitable for children from three years upwards depending on the amount of adult help. We always advise adult supervision for Sunday Challenges. 

Learn how to make the picture frames by clicking on the link below: 

 Make a Picture Frame with Alfie and Georgie

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Be COOL! Stay Sun Safe with the Jumbles 


Holidays are here and its fun having lots of free time and being out of doors. 

But look at these photographs . 

It’s a lovely sunny day but everywhere is very quiet.  There’s no one in the garden.  The playground is deserted. The beach empty . 


Why ? 

Well, that’s because this is Italy where the summers  are very hot and the people who live here know that it’s not sensible or cool to be out in the afternoon sun.   But the UK can also be hot too. 

The sunshine is great and very important because without the sun we wouldn’t be here . In fact there wouldn’t be any life on Earth. It gives us light and keeps us warm. It helps plants grow. It helps our bodies make Vitamin D which is needed to absorb calcium which keeps our bones and teeth strong.

But too much sunshine and being out in very strong sunshine is not good. In fact it’s really silly ! 

Sunlight contains invisible UV or ultraviolet rays. Too much of these and you get SUNBURN which hurts!! 

It also makes you go red and then your skin blisters and peels.  

It’s not a very COOL look is it?  All red and blotchy like a lobster!!

AND it is likely to make you go all wrinkly as you get older or, even worse, lead to skin cancer. 

Just because we can’t see the sun doesn’t mean that it’s not there!  We can still burn on a cloudy day! 

So, how can we stop stay looking and feeling good and still enjoy the summer sun? 
How can we protect ourselves from those damaging UV rays? 


Well, it’s important to use a sunscreen which has a SPF rating of 30 or higher and apply EVERY day before going out in the sun. You will need to reapply it every  couple of hours or even more often is you are sweating a lot or when you are in the water. 

If you have very pale or fair akin or blonde hair then you will burn more quickly so protection is even more important. 

Don’t stay in the sun for too long either. Even half an hour even with protection in the afternoon can be too much if you are fair or you are out in strong sunlight for the first time. 

Wear a hat to protect your head and to shade your face and eyes. 


Don’t forget the water !  

We lose lots of water by swearing in hot weather. If you  don’t drink more water then you will become dehydrated and could be very ill. 

Always carry a bottle of plain water especially if you are going for a walk. 


Don’t forget your eyes need protection from the sun’s rays too so always take your shades and WEAR them! They won’t do much good stuck on top of your head !  

But!  Before you buy a pair check that the label says that they will protect your eyes from UV rays. 

Lastly keep out of the midday and afternoon sun. This doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Just make sure you are in a place where there’s  lots of shade.  If you want to go on the beach then go in the morning or evening when the sun isn’t as strong BUT! You still need protection! 


So. Enjoy the summer! 

STAY COOL! 

                                                                         STAY SAFE IN THE SUN! 

Paper Fun

Magazine pages may appear to be thin and fragile but, when rolled into tubes as show above they become strong and very adaptable. 

Today the Jumble House Sunday Challenge looks at recycling paper by creating objects using these paper tubes. 

This is the first programme in a project entitled ‘Paper Fun’ .   

We advise adult supervision for all Sunday Challenge activities . 

Click on the link below to learn how to roll the tubes and see what the Jumbles are making .

The Sunday Challenge

What is recycling?  

Recycling means that rubbish you throw away is processed and then used to make something new. 

When you throw rubbish into ordinary bins it isn’t recycled. It just gets buried in what we call LANDFILL SITES.

This is why it is important to separate rubbish and throw it into the correct bins. 

Why recycle paper? 

Can you believe that 6 trees are destroyed every year just to keep one family in paper? 

Why? Because a lot of paper is made from trees.  But, paper can be recycled. This means it can be used again and this not only saves trees it also saves energy and water and reduces greenhouse gas. 

Recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees and the energy saved can provide electricity for a house for half a year! 

The Jumbles think that recycling is very important and try very hard to ensure that as little of their rubbish as possible goes into landfill sites.  Of course they can’t use ALL their magazines and newspapers to make interesting things but they do make sure it goes into a special paper bin so it can be recycled . 

Would you like to see how paper is recycled ? Then watch SESAME STREET’s programme at the link below : 

https://youtu.be/tTQmCYl8Ap8







   

Georgie and Alfie visit Bevagna 

What to you do on a burning hot afternoon in Italy? (34C in The shade) 

Go to the beach?  NO!! 

Play in the garden ?  NO! 

Play in the park ?  NO! 

Georgie and Alfie stay cool and explore the ancient hilltop town of Bevagna.

Bevagna is a small town near to Perugia, Assisi and Spello. 

It reminds Georgie of a rabbit warren because it has so many tiny, narrow streets going off in all directions. 

Alfie is fascinated by the giant ancient walls that encircle the town and adds to his collection of Ape vans! 

Explore the town with them by clicking the link below. 
Georgie and Alfie in Bevagna

Wow! He’s BIG! 

Remember our Little Lizzie Lizard?  (See previous blog post). 

She looks a bit small compared with this one doesn’t she?  But then Lizzie is a typical European lizard and they don’t grow very big. These lizards are found in much hotter places like Africa and Asia. We filmed this one in Singapore. 

It is a Monitor Lizard and they DO grow very big!  (Although a few are very tiny) 

They do, however share some of the same characteristics as Lizzie Lizard. They are cold bloodied, have a scaley body, a partly detachable tail which will regrow and they lay eggs. 

Unlike Lizzie, however, they are carnivorous and eat fish and insects and birds and small mammals. 

Most are completely harmless but the Komodo Dragon (the largest Monitor lizard) has a weak venom (poison). 

They are also very good swimmers!  (Click on the link below). 

https://youtu.be/joVk-w5P26s
There is an old story (a legend) about monitor lizards which says that they are a sign that crocodiles are near by!  

We didn’t see any in Singapore!  This story probably came about because these lizards stand on their hind legs to check if any predators are near. 

Here’s a short clip of a monitor lizard: 

https://youtu.be/UlKzpfwY3gs

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Little Lizzie Lizard

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 recover and to have been able to return it to the wild. 

Video of Little Lizzie Lizard’s recovery!

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