The folk who live on ‘Five a Day Hill’

English people will fully understand why I chose a location for these stories called, ‘FIVE A DAY HILL’ !  For others I need to explain that the UK government enjoys giving out ‘useful‘ (?)  information on nutrition. After a year or so it becomes redundant as they deliver new and often conflicting advice! A few years ago we were told that we should eat five portions of fruit and veg. every day. So, now you can see  why the fruit and veg. characters in these short stories live on Five a day Hill!! 

This story and the other four in the series were written during a series of story writing workshops for children. The idea behind these workshops was to help and encourage children to  make up and present their own stories. For that reason I used only resources, technology and techniques which I knew were available in most homes and that a six or seven year old was capable of manipulating. 

The storyline in Pedro Pear is kept simple. The illustrations are in ordinary pencil crayon and I used the app ‘Book Creator’ to publish as a narrated story and also as a PDF. I really do recommend this app. Children of six and seven with initial support will master it easily and I think having the app will motivate even the most reluctant writer to ‘have a go’!  

Click on the link here for the story:  NARRATED STORY OF PEDRO PEAR

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Painting with Glue


This is fun for any age and the process can be adapted in so many ways for different effects. It is very versatile and even completely unplanned and random application of the glue by very young children, results in really great abstract pieces of art. (See below). 


The best surface to use is a canvas board but very hard card works well too. 

For small children use a small plastic container of glue which they can squeeze easily. 

In the video I used a cheap set of paints produced for children. 

Better results will be achieved with watercolour and acrylic paints give a stronger colour. 

Glue can be applied to a white board or the board can be painted first and you can use as many layers of glue as you like. 

Watch the video below: 
PAINTING WITH GLUE 


For more Art and Craft ideas and learning videos see my channel:  http://tinyurl.com/funjumbles

Scratch Board Art

 

It’s fun and very compulsive. Just doodling with colour!  It also creates a lot of fine black dust so  cover the table with some newspaper. 

It’s something the youngest child will enjoy although you will probably find they have finished in five minutes whereas you have only just started! 

The general rule is, the younger the child the larger the surface and the sturdier  the tool so something like a spoon  works well as they can grip the bowl and scratch with the edge of the handle. They also need a large piece of board or thick paper and supervision although it’s much more fun and better for them if you do one yourself.

I’d recommend  trying  out different techniques and tools on small pieces of paper before launching on a masterpiece! 

Why is science important

Why? 


Because young children are naturally curious and science investigations stimulate this natural curiosity. 

Because science answers all those tricky questions about the world around them. 

Because it encourages children to problem solve. To be creative thinkers. To develop a love of learning. 

Because it motivates children to be active not passive. 

Because by engaging in science investigations children learn to challenge what they see and hear rather just acceptngl,

Because they learn that making mistakes is the way to learn. 

Because children learn best through doing. Through play. 

Because it’s FUN! 

You don’t need to be a teacher or have a science degree to engage in science investigations. ‘ Jumble Fun’ has made Science easy and fun for parents and careers too. Resources have been kept to a minimum and can usually be found in your kitchen or bathroom. We suggest watching a programme yourself prior to viewing with your child then you can easily gather th resources together in a bag

The short programmes not only show fun science investigations but suggest ways to adapt the investigation plus extension activities plus it’s all free. 

        Click here to go to the FUN SCIENCE playlist

Why is it important to develop a child’s creativity? 


Why is it important to develop a child’s creative thinking skills? 

Because creative thinking is probably the most important skill they will ever learn!
Developing creative thinking is about developing self esteem and self confidence. It is about developing a love of learning. Of having the means to deal with the confusion, risks and failures that are part of everyday life. The confidence to lead and to be different from the crowd.

I believe that all children are creative by nature but, unfortunately, many lose their creativity before reaching adulthood. In our education and social system where examination success and conformity reigns supreme, creativity seems to have been forgotten.

Creative thinking is vital in all areas of life. It is a skill which will give your children the edge over others in their chosen career enabling them to be the person who initiates new procedures rather than one of the majority who follow already established routines. It opens the door to new opportunities and new inventions.

It also makes a person interesting! Ensures they are never bored ! Someone who is popular socially and is capable of meaningful and long lasting relationships. 

So how do we recognise a creative thinker
A creative thinker is able to think out of the box. They are curious and questioning and not afraid of making crazy suggestions knowing that there may be many possible answers. They make mistakes and learn from these mistakes being happy to try and try again. Creative thinkers don’t feel guilty about daydreaming knowing that often this is when the best ideas are born and when they realise these new ideas they will push them to their limits. They are optimistic, have boundless energy and, despite accomplishing a great deal, still have free time to enjoy their family and hobbies. Last, but not least. They are never bored!

My  Free ‘ Jumble Fun’ learning programme aims at developing creative thinking by: 

Asking Open ended questions

The stories include open ended questions. You are encouraged to ask questions which require more than a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. “What do you think we should use to make …?” “what would happen if …?” “What couid we change…..?

Making choices

The programme encourages children to make their own choices. To make decisions and try them out. If their choices fail to achieve the desired result they are encouraged to try again.  From this they learn to view making mistakes as a new beginning and not as a failure or the end of a 

Story telling and dramatic play

There are opportunities for children to make their own ‘Jumbles’ and to weave stories around them. 

Inventing

The ‘Jumble’ characters enjoy inventing things from well, …… jumble! In other words, from ordinary, everyday household items and objects they can collect in their local environment. Using the characters as inspiration and role models, children will become collectors and inventors, viewing ordinary objects as blank canvasses on which to stamp their own individuality

Fun ! 

The JUMBLES are fun and they encourage your child to have fun being creative and being active rather than passive.  

Enjoy

It’s FUN learning at JUMBLE HOUSE

It IS fun learning at JUMBLE HOUSE! There are new learning  activities every week for children from two to seven plus lots of Art and Craft and Science projects for all ages.

The resources are all free and I am very happy for them to be used in nurseries and schools (a nice comment and a ‘follow’ on FaceBook being appreciated in return!)

My Channel has over 150 short videos aimed at motivating children to be proactive rather than passive.  To develop a child’s natural creativity and to encourage a love of learning.

            The Jumble Fun YouTube Channel
The videos are free to watch and  to share but again, if you are using them please subscribe to my channel or comment or drop me an email. 

I love Italy and now spend most of the year there so for Italian children I have set up a separate website and channel containing fun interactive English lessons. 

               Lezioni D’Inglese per Bambini e Ragazzi

Easter Edition for Under Fives


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

Happy Easter from Jumble House! 

Homemade bowl and flowers

I love this display because it’s so fresh and spring like. 

It’s also fun and cheap  to make. 

I always like posting something which involves children helping and this post is no exception. With help even the youngest will enjoy making the flower petals from coffee filter bags and they will learn a little about chromatography at the same time!  The video instructions are on the link below. 

                                 How to make the filter paper flowers

Putting the flowers together is more tricky and a task for older children or adults. 

The Bowl
The bowl is made entirely from string which is soaked in glue and wrapped around a balloon. The fun bit that kids love is the popping of the balloon once the glue has set! 

The level of difficulty depends on the size of the balloon.  For the blue bowl featured above the balloon was well inflated making it trickier to handle. 

At Christmas we followed the same procedure to make baubles but using much smaller balloons which are easier to handle.  If your children are small my suggestion would be to help them make the  smaller bowls which can be used for biscuits or Easter Eggs while you make the trickier large bowl. 

The instructions to make the string balls are given in ‘child friendly’ format on the link below.  To make the balls into bowls all you need to do is cut them in half using either very strong scissors or a craft knife and then neaten the edges. 

I hope you enjoy. If you do please add a nice comment !  

                                             Follow this link for the video instructions for children

For many more art, craft, science and learning videos please visit our channel:       

                                            The Jumble Fun Channel 

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