LIZZIE THE FORGETFUL WITCH


The first three of my  ‘Lizzie Witch‘ books are written and illustrated. 

That was the ‘fun’ bit,  but now comes the hard bit …..publishing!   It may be a long wait so there’s a ‘taster’ from the first book at the end of this post with a few of the photographic illustrations. I have a second edition of this book with watercolour illustrations. I’m also working on the idea of producing ‘Thematic Lesson Packs’ for Schools  based on the Lizzie Witch stories and a monthly magazine.   If anyone would like more information please email me at: jumblefun@gmail.com 

The Lizzie Witch books are meant for sharing. They are books to read at bedtime and during that cosy ‘Tell me a story’ time that all children love. The smallest child will soon learn to join in with the many repetitions and responses and older children will find the books fun as first readers.  But the LIZZIE WITCH books also encourage creativity and develop a love of learning

Every book contains a link to a video giving simple instructions on how to make one of the characters or objects in the story and further enrichment and learning links can be found on the JUMBLE FUN channel and website. (Click on the links below to check these out).

The link to my Website
The link to my YouTube Channel 

The first story, LIZZIE THE FORGETFUL WITCH introduces us to Lizzie and JUMBLE HOUSE (Yes! There really IS a Jumble House!) and three of her JUMBLE friends, Maisie, Freddie and Georgie.  We follow this loveable witch during a typical chaotic day when good intentions and forgotten magic spells produce hilarious results. With lots of laughs and opportunities to interact it is a perfect book for toddlers and young children and one that adults will be happy to read over and over again! 

​Children love their story book characters to ‘come alive’ and the characters in the LIZZIE WITCH books do just that!  Above is a short clip showing Lizzie in action! 

There are over 100 videos on the  JUMBLE FUN Channel covering a wide range of topics from art and craft to science and nature and healthy eating, recycling and conservation!  Lizzie Witch has her own playlist containing fun but informative videos which not only complement the books perfectly but also deliver basic scientific concepts and information about the world around us in a way which will captivate everyone and motivate children to find out more for themselves. 

The books are set in and around  JUMBLE HOUSE and young readers will enjoy spotting familiar objects that they have seen in the videos or noticing missing ones that I have hidden !

The second and subsequent books have a simple science or nature theme with an art and craft extension at the end of the story.  For example TUFTY THE CATERPILLAR  tells the magical story of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly and has a link to video instructions on how to make a little ‘Tufty’ toy. Written in the same captivating style as LIZZIE THE FORGETFUL WITCH, it introduces children to the amazing world of insects and the wonder of metamorphosis. 

Other titles in the Lizzie Witch series: 

TUFTY THE CATERPILLAR (ready )

THE SWAMP MONSTER (ready) 

THE JUMBLE-TUFTS (coming soon)

SAMMY SNAIL (coming soon) 

SPINNY SPIDER ( coming soon) 

……….. and now, here is the promised taster from the first book in the series: 



LIZZIE THE FORGETFUL WITCH by Judi Brereton

(Copywrite 2016 Judi Brereton. All rights reserved. No part of the text or photographs from this book, ‘LIZZIE THE FORGETFUL WITCH’ may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means without prior permission in writing from Judi Brereton.) 



Lizzie is a very forgetful witch.  She forgets birthdays.  She forgets the time. 

She even forgets her broomstick! 

But, worst of all Lizzie forgets her magic spells and that makes life very difficult for Lizzie and for everyone else. 

Yesterday was a particularly bad day.

Lizzie woke up. Forgot where she was and fell out of bed. 

On the mirror were the words, ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’

‘I wonder whose birthday it is,’ said Lizzie.

Lizzie wanted a boiled egg for breakfast.

Could she remember where she kept the eggs? 

No. Of course not! 

‘Never mind,’ said Lizzie ‘I can magic an egg.’ 

Could she remember the spell ?

No. Of course not ! 

…….. and that’s when the fun starts!!!!


The Jumbles are very special ! 

They are characters designed to GROW with their readers. 

Tinies will enjoy playing with the toys and sharing the stories.

Older children will be inspired by my Sunday Challenge programmes to write their own stories and maybe feature JUMBLES they have designed and made themselves. 


THE PROBLEM WITH PEDRO PEAR is one of the stories I wrote to help youngsters write, illustrate and publish their own stories during a SUNDAY CHALLENGE programme.

Please note that: (Copywrite 2016 Judi Brereton. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means without prior permission in writing from Judi Brereton.) 

Click on this link for the narrated story about Pedro Pear

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Print Making

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A new series of workshops on print making for children starts today at Jumble House.

Print making is fun and requires very little equipment.

Click on the link below for the first programme.

Have fun with printmaking

Melted Crayon Pictures 

A fun and colourful project.  The challenge is choosing the best colours and arranging them to obtain the best effect. How you use the hairdryer and the tilt of the board makes a huge difference to the result . 

It’s a good colour mixing and coordination and thinking project. 

Watch our video :   

Crayon Melting at Jumble House

Materials: 

A good hairdryer …we use one from BOOTS . We reckon that if a hairdryer can withstand daily normal and being  used by Lizzie Witch on a regular basis for a couple of years it must be good! 

Crayons …we used Crayola and Bic crayons . Both are good. Some pictures look better with the paper left on. Others are better when the paper is removed. 

Some card to test out the process before doing the real thing. 

Glue to stick the crayons to the canvas. We used BOSTICK.

Cellotape can be used as an alternative to glue but fiddly.

Canvas boards. 


Suggestions :

Try using card and small bits of crayons for the first few runs.  This is cheaper and will enable the child to see what happens and to decide which colours to use and how to arrange them.

Don’t overdo the hairdryer bit! Kids will want to carry on and on until every bit of crayon has gone but as in a lot of art, less is best!  But it’s a good idea to let them have their own way during a practice run on card!  Learning from your own mistakes is the best way and hopefully they will see that controlled melting is more effective. You could suggest trying both and then comparing the results. 

Ask them to predict what they think will happen. Which colours will mix? What colours will this make?  What will happen if you point the hairdryer sideways?  What will happen if you point the hairdryer over the top of the crayons? 

More Ideas:

  • Make the melted crayon look like a tree full of dripping blossom ….you can paint or stick a tree trunk on the canvas before melting the crayons. 
  • Make a picture of someone blowing bubbles ..a few grated bits added helps.
  • Make the melts look like rain …draw or stick a person with an umbrella on the board.
  • A fountain 
  • A waterfall 
  • A bonfire. 

Practicalities:

The crayons do splatter  a little so do cover tables well or do outside using an extension lead. 

This is a project for children old enough to hold a hairdryer confidently. Probably around 7 years and up. As with all of the Jumble Fun projects, adult supervision is advised

An adult will be needed to cut the crayons in half unless you use a big canvas board and then they can be stuck on intact.  

The video is fun to watch and shows the basic process. Use it as a stepping stone from which the child can develop their own ideas. 

Click on the link below to watch the Sunday Challenge in Jumble House: 

Melted Crayon Picture Challenge from the JUMBLES

Moody Moulds

Moulds are plants but not green plants.  They don’t have the green pigment chlorophyll and so cannot produce their own food.  They belong to a very large group of plants called FUNGI. The same group that our mushrooms and toadstools belong to. But Moulds are very, very tiny and their bodies are made up of thin white  threads like cotton. 

They reproduce in the same way as mushrooms and toadstools by producing black spores. When these land on a suitable food source they put out hyphae which grow into the food. These spores are in the air everywhere and we can’t get away from them.  Even when you seal food in a plastic bag or an airtight container there will already be spores on the food so it will go bad. How quickly depends on the temperature.  That’s something you can investigate! 

They get their food by secreting enzymes that break down whatever they are growing on which is often our food ! Then the digested food is absorbed by the hyphae. 

So. We know that Moulds make food go bad and that is very annoying! Do Moulds have any uses? 
Well yes!  We would  be in a mess without them! Literally ! 

Like all Fungi, Moulds help to break down (decompose ) dead animals and plants and any odd bits of food that careless people have left lying around. They are very active in compost heaps. While breaking down the dead plants and animals they release nitrogen carbon and oxygen back into the atmosphere. 

There is also one very important mould from which we obtain the antibiotic Penicillin. To learn more about this click on this link: 

PENICILLIN
Do you like cheese?  Well, we wouldn’t have that if it wasn’t for Moulds !!  Check that out here: 

BLUE STILTON CHEESE PRODUCTION
Things for you to do: 
Please remember that you must always check with an adult before doing any investigations and before looking anything up on the Internet. Mould spores are a risk to health so never smell Moulds! The Mould garden should be disposed of without removing the lid. 

1. Grow a mould garden :  see the JUMBLES DOING THIS HERE: 

GROW A MOULD GARDEN

2. Find out how temperature affects the growth of mould. 

To do this you will need  4 plastic bags . The type that seal with little zips are best. Four similar items of food, for example four  slices of bread from the same loaf. 

All you need to do is sprinkle each slice of bread with just a tiny bit of water. Half a teaspoon is sufficient. Then seal in the bags. Put one in the freezer. One in the fridge and one should be left out in a cool room. He last one should be placed somewhere warm like on a sunny window ledge. 

First predict what you think will happen. 

Then check very couple of days and record your results. 

At the end draw your conclusions.  What happened ? Why do you think this happened? 

3. If you would like to see a speeded up video of Moulds growing and reproducing click on this link: 

MOULDS GROWING AND REPRODUCING

Meet one of the oldest animals to inhabit the earth 

Yes! It’s the European House Centipede. Fossils have been found dating back more than 400 million year so it can definitely claim to be one of the oldest animals on earth!  Lizzie found it wandering around Jumble House and thought you would like to see it before we set it free again. 

What kind of an animal is it? Well it’s not an insect because it has more than six legs and it’s even got more than a spider!  A centipede belongs to a group of animals called Arthropoda. Crabs and lobsters also belong to this group. 

It’s also one of the fastest running like grease lightening at a speed of 40 miles an hour so it would be breaking the speed limit in all the built up areas of the U.K. or Europe!

100 legs? No!  Although the name suggests that they have 100 legs they just look like they have.  Most European centipedes have about fifteen pairs of legs. The legs are very thin and nearly as long as it’s body.  Centipedes can live for several years and they can regrow their legs which often get chopped off when a bird tries to catch them! They live in dark damp places like under rocks and wood and prefer to hunt at night. 

Are they dangerous?  No.  Just scarey because they are so wiggly and move so quickly.   They have poisonous front claws but these are too small to bite through our skin.  In the desert there are giant centipedes which can bite humans and this is a bit like being stung by a bee.  They use their claws to catch food for their dinner. They are carnivores (meat eaters) and eat insects and other bugs like worms and they may even eat their friends!  The larger ones can eat frogs and birds! 

But, despite their choice of food, Centipedes can be good mothers and some carry their eggs around until they hatch. 

For more on centipedes and to have a closer look at the one Lizzie Witch found at Jumble House, click on the link below: 

The European House Centipede