Emotions. Help your child to understand and express.

Feelings. Children often find their feelings confusing. The way our body reacts to our emotions with pounding heads, shivering, hot flushes, fast heart beats can be quite frightening. Sometimes they know what they are feeling and how to tell you but they don’t because they think it’s silly or that only they can feel like this.

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Children need the vocabulary so they can tell us how they feel and the security of knowing we will listen and help. That feelings are normal. They are normal.

Just a simple game is a good way to approach this subject. Because it’s a game then it’s not seen as frightening or intrusive and it’s an opportunity to show them what makes you angry or scared or sad. To show them that even Mums and Dads are human!

I Spy

I’m tired! I’m hot! I’m bored! I want an ice cream!

Sightseeing for children especially on hot summer days can be hard. If it’s hard on the kids then it’s also hard on the parents and it’s tempting just to spend the time on the beach or pleasure park.

But what if you want to sightsee? We tried lots of ways to keep our girls motivated even hiding coins in trees to encourage them to take a few more steps! But the most successful and the easiest solution was the old favourite ‘I Spy’ game.

Like most people we researched places before visiting so had a pretty good idea of what to see. Then a few pics from tourist magazines and we had a pocket of photos to use for ‘I Spy’.

Then, add a bit of competition, ‘I wonder who will spot this first,’ and suddenly a couple of tired, hot kids spring into action!

I put together objects and places around Lake Trasimeno that have interested our own children and made them into this little book which is available around Trasimeno and from Jumble House in Castel Rigone.

If you can’t find one then email me at: judibrereton@gmail.com

Its also available on my channel together with travel videos of the area for adults and children to watch.

LINK TO ‘I SPY TRASIMENO ‘ PLAYLIST

The booklet takes children on a Treasure Trail around San Feliciano,Castel Rigone, Castiglione, Passignano, Isola Maggiore and Isola Polvese.

It contains photographs of places and objects for them to ‘spot’ and focuses on improving their observational skills and making  visits really fun.

I’ve used my toys, the ‘JUMBLES’  in the various locations and it is quite possible you will spot some of them on your way round!

Story Writing

I recently ran a series of story writing workshops for children between the ages of seven and ten.

The challenge I set was to design a series of characters around fruit and vegetables and to use these characters in a short story that a very young child (aged about two or three) would enjoy.

The first workshop centred on looking at picture books designed for younger children. We disused the language, the use of rhyme and repetition and the use of illustrations to help tell the story.

During the second workshop the children drew and described their characters using pencil crayons.

The third workshop was about writing an introduction.

The fourth and fifth workshop covered the development of the plot.

The sixth workshop was about writing a good conclusion.

The seventh workshop concentrated on illustration.

During the eighth and ninth workshop we published our stories using the ‘Book Creator’ app.

The tenth and last workshop gave everyone the opportunity to share their story to the rest of the group.

In order to guide the children through the whole story writing and illustrating process I followed the challenge myself and during the ten week period wrote five stories myself about the little folk who lived on ‘ Five a Day Hill’

The illustrations of all five books are in Pencil Crayon as this was the medium used by the children during the workshops. It is also the medium available in most homes. One of the books also uses digital images created using free apps easily manipulated by seven year olds.

You can listen to the narrated story of PEDRO PEAR using the link below. I chose this story because it was and still is, one of my granddaughter Maia’s favourite. (Aged three).

She loves joining in with the many repetitions especially the ‘BOO’ and ‘YIKES’!!

LINK TO THE NARRATED STORY OF PEDRO PEAR

Easter from JUMBLE HOUSE

Learning for Under Fives

Today’s programme introduces the letter Ee, the colour white and number 5.

There is also a guest! A Jumble Tuft Easter Bunny who brings lots of Easter Eggs.

Lizzie shows you how to make some rather cool eggs and also a delicious quick and easy desert.

Lots of extension activities.

This link takes you to today’s programme.

Don’t forget there are lots of Lizzie Witch and Jumbles  Books to enjoy . See the ‘books’ page on this site or copy and paste this into your browser: amazon.com/author/judibrereton

Some of the books are also available on Amazon as ebooks.

Don’t miss: More Easter Crafts here.

Happy Easter from Jumble House!

Making dyes from onion skins

Adult supervision required.

Easter is close and everyone is busy with the usual Easter crafts. Coloured eggs is one of the most popular but very predictable!

Today we made our own dyes by boiling onion skins. We used red skins and predicted that the egg shells would be red. They came out more purple but maybe they would have been red if we had used eggs with white shells. That’s something you can find out!

We cracked the shells of some of the eggs before putting them in the dye to make ‘spider man’ eggs. Again our prediction was that we would have a network of spidery red lines but that wasn’t the case!

There was dye left over so we used it to tie dye a white handkerchief.

Then we tried dying pieces of other material to see which took up the dye, always predicting first what we thought would happen.

Last but not least we looked at some pieces of onion skin through a magnifying glass.

Some very interesting discussion arose from the questions asked during all this work with eggs.

Why do chickens come out of some eggs but not others?

Why do we give eggs at Easter?

Why are eggs and chicks symbolic of springtime?

Why do eggs have shells shells?

Why don’t we lay eggs?

It’s fun trying something new!

CLICK HERE FOR THE PROGRAMME VIDEO

Spider-Man Eggs

Link to video instructions

A fun activity which can be adapted to suit all ages.

We always recommend adult supervision.

Uses shaving foam, food colours, hard boiled eggs. We definitely advise wearing disposable gloves unless you don’t mind your fingers looking like the eggs themselves!

We use hard boiled cracked eggs.  The colour can’t penetrate the shell but stains the egg white because it, like your fingers, is a protein! Thus the spidery pattern.

The unde-fives will love playing with the shaving foam.

Older children will take up the challenge to try out different ways to colour the eggs.  Onion skins are good. (Boil them in a little water before adding the cracked eggs.) Frozen fruits of the forest and  fresh berries give varying degrees of pink and purple. (Simply leave the cracked hard boiled eggs in the fruit mixture overnight)

Everyone will find the video fun!

Please note that the colouring does fade so if you want them for Easter morning don’t make until the day before and then peel on Easter Day.

We’ve been watching an egg cooking.

We’ve been watching a poached egg cooking! Today’s example of an everyday occurrence we take for granted but when watched through the eyes of a child the transformation is magical! ‘How does this happen?’ Most three year olds will appreciate that it’s something to do with hot water.

We’ve no time now but this evening we are going to test that theory by putting one egg into cold water and the other into hot.

GROWING. Learning for young children from JUMBLE HOUSE

Programme Six from JUMBLE HOUSE.

Fun learning series for preschool children.

The theme is GROWING

The number is 5

The colour is GREEN

The letter and sound is Gg

Swamp Monster is growing some bean seeds, the normal way. Lizzie Witch is growing one by magic!

Learning: how seeds germinate and basic parts of a seedling.

Counting. Number concepts. Making different patterns from five objects. Colour mixing to make green.

Suggestions for follow up learning:

I Spy something beginning with Gg.

How many green objects can you see?

Make different shades of green and paint a green picture

Shaving foam and food colouring. Making green.

Reading the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

How many patterns can be made from five objects.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH PROGRAMME SIX

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

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Georgie and the Pagoda

Georgie is in Singapore.

Yesterday she visited the Chinese Gardens .

The gardens are beautiful. Perfect for walks and picnics. A green oasis.

Georgie really liked going up to the top of this very tall Pagoda.

Follow the video link to see what it was like.

The video of Georgie’s visit to the Pagoda