Egg Magic. Part 2

So this is where we find out how to make a bouncy egg like Lizzie’s but without the magic spell!

Vinegar is such a useful ingredient to have in the house especially when it comes to doing science experiments.  Here you will need a light coloured vinegar like cider or white wine.  You will also need a large screw top glass jar, a couple of eggs ( one raw and the other hard boiled and something to protect the table.

Allow two days for the experiment because the eggs will need to soak in the vinegar for at least 24 hours.

Once the eggs have been treated it IS possible to bounce the raw egg but be careful!  You can bounce the hard boiled egg as much as you like.

watch the video below.  I hope you enjoy it.

BOUNCY EGG

Make a Jumble Tuft


Make your own little Jumble Tuft puppets and have fun making up and telling stories with them.  They can also be used to decorate backpacks. They are quick, cheap and easy to make like all the ‘Jumbles’ toys and the basic ones don’t require any stitching.  One pair of coloured tights will make about four little Jumble Tufts.  I make the hats and little shoes from a contrasting colour of tights stuffed with cotton wool and secured with rubber bands or tiny hair elastic. I make the arms from pipe-cleaners so the Jumble Tufts can hold objects.  Inserting magnets into the hat, feet or body opens up even more opportunities. 

To use them as puppets a chopstick or wooden skewer can be inserted through a tiny hole in the back of the Jumble Tuft. To make it secure smear a tiny bit of glue on the tip of the skewer before inserting. 


Watch this video to see them in action as ‘Santa’s little helpers’ last Christmas. 

SANTAS LITTLE HELPERS
Once you have made a basic model then have fun designing your own Jumble Tuft characters. Just change the colour, the shape, the kind of hat, the legs, the size or type of bobble eyes .

In this video Georgie Jumble shows you how to make a very basic model.  Then you can have lots of fun adding your own features. 

Make your own Jumble Tuft

Books featuring the Jumble Tufts are available as ebooks on Amazon : My books

 ……….    and as paperbacks from Jumble House. Quite soon you will also be able to purchase them from this website. 
  

Palio dei Terzieri. A fun Festival for all the family. 

This is, in my opinion, a MUST SEE  opportunity especially if you have kids. 

Canons, horses, oxen, and a FLOUR FIGHT!! All that and then an archery competition. 

Città della Pieve is a charming hilltop town in Umbria with around 8000 inhabitants. 

Like many similar towns it is divided into three districts or ‘Terzieri ‘ each one with its own flag and costumes and bands. This division began way back in medieval times and was then class based. 

In the case of Città della Pieve an eagle represents the three different districts or classes. 

The head of the eagle being Terziere Castello and the knights. The Aristocracy. 

The stomach of the eagle being Terziere Borgo Dentro and the people living within the castle walls. The middle class..

The wings and tails being Terziere Casalino and the  peasants. (Follow link below) 

I’ve seen this Festival more times than I can remember and never tire of it! 

The last day (Sunday) of the Festival is great fun. Kids will love it! 

The activities start around 5pm with a costume parade which sounds boring but definitely is not!  The different districts don’t just dress up in their medieval costumes. They also parade the trades of their medieval ancestry.  Anything from giant canons shooting footballs into the crowd to oxen and donkeys and even a prisoner in a very sinister looking contraption. All this is accompanied by brilliant bands and drummers and very enthusiastic cheering wenches!

I like to arrive early afternoon and then wander around the different districts of the town. Often the pre-parade preparations are as much fun as the parade itself. 

This year I stayed in the area of Terziere Borgo Dentro.  (Watch the video below) 

Palio dei Terzieri. Borgo Dentro.

At the end of the parade there is a huge flour fight which the audience can participate in if desired but do bring along protection for eyes and nose! 

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Follow this link to watch:    The Flour Fight 

Then, as if that wasn’t sufficient everyone gathers on a field for the real Palio which takes the form of an archery competition. Plus lots of speeches and music and drumming! 

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Make your own JUMBLE TUFT


These fun little creatures are very easy and cheap to make and great for playing with.  

Kids will love designing their own and then using them to act out stories.  Just by changing the colour, the kind of hat, or shape of face opens up opportunities to create lots different characters. 

Attaching a strip of Velcro to the back of the head or securing a magnet inside the head or hat opens up even more opportunities,  

Watch the video below (designed for children) for instructions. 

How to make a Jumble Tuft
Books featuring  the Jumble Tufts will be available soon here as paperbacks and on Amazon as eBooks.

   

A Great Day out at Furzey Gardens. The New Forest 



Furzey Gardens are magical gardens set in 10 acres of beautiful woodland in the heart of the New Forest. It is a social enterprise offering opportunities for people with Learning disabilities.

I took this video on my first visit with my daughter and two month old grandson. It was a perfect afternoon out. We wandered through the woodland paths with our buggy and then enjoyed a drink and snack sat in the beautiful gardens.

It’s a magical place for children with lots of hidden bridges, tunnnels and rustic playhouses. We loved the tiny hidden fairy and insect doors and the witch!

The 16th Century Cottage with its vegetable garden and bread oven is enchanting and it’s really interesting to see the thatching techniques and materials.

We will definitely go again!

Watch the video below:

Video of our walk around Furzey Gardens

Pre Reading Activity 

This game helps children to learn and recognise initial sounds.

Make a dice. This one is made from a tissue box. 

Choose six objects which your child will recognise easily starting with different letters. 

Write the initial letters on the dice.  

Then let the child draw his/her own pictures on pieces of card .  Try to choose objects with short, 3 letter names. For example for the letter C there could be pictures of a cat and a car.  For m pictures of a man and a mat etc. 

The dice is thrown and the object of the game is to choose a card with an object that begins with that letter sound and to name the object. 

Competitive version:  the cards are placed on the floor or table and whoever gets the correct card first, keeps it. 

Non competitive version: make sufficient cards so each child can have a set.  When the dice is thrown each child chooses a card with the correct object from their set. 

This game can be used later for word recognition by writing the name of the object on the reverse side of the card. The cards are then placed on the floor with the word side showing instead of the picture. 

Paint-Blob Art

Fun Art with Paint Blobs and Straw

All kids love blowing Blobs of paint or ink into shapes with a straw but this Programne takes the technique one step further. 

A great project for all ages. Tinies to adults. Just adapt to suit the age. 


Suggestions:

Animals : dogs, peacocks,, roosters, porcupine, 

People,

Monsters. 

Trees with blossom 

Spooky forests

A witch or witches cauldron. 

Night sky with shooting stars or galaxy. 

Visit our Channel for more Art and Craft, Fun Science and Learning activities for Under-Fives.

Click here to go to the Fun Jumbles Channel

MULTI COLOURS. Fun learning at Jumble House. 

This is the fourth  programme for under-fives from JUMBLE HOUSE.

the number is 5.  The letter is M.  The theme is ‘MULTICOLOURS’  

All activities are designed for under fives and to be shared with an adult. The Art activities can be adapted to suit older children. 

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Montepulciano for Families

The first time we visited Montepulciano was with our two daughters, then aged four and ten. It was a long time ago in the days of cars with no air-con or satnavs. We didn’t even have mobile phones or the Internet.   We have never actually stayed in Montepulciano preferring the less commercialised and quieter hilltop towns of Umbria near to Lago Trasimeno. But now, living  just a forty minute drive away in Castel Rigone, we love to visit the town just for an afternoon or for  a meal in the evening. 

Our daughters are now mothers themselves and recently we took our little granddaughter (then aged two) to Montepulciano for the first time.  


Although busy it’s usually easy to find car parking space on the roads or there is a good car park near to the Information Centre, above. Since everybody is always in need of toilets and a drink we always go to this bar before starting into the town. We have always found it to be a  very friendly bar with a good choice of cakes and sandwiches and normal prices. (Now that would be €1.20/€1.50 for a Cappucino and €1.10 for a basic cake in our regular bars. )


We prefer to arrive around 3 0’Clock or 4 O’Clock, late afternoon from June to October when the sun is  lower in the sky and the streets shaded. We have never tried pushing a pram or a pushchair but it is not a difficult place to navigate, the Main Street climbs gently uphill but, if you want to explore the side streets then there are lots of steps and cobbles to cope with.  It’s my experience that tiny children just love climbing steps and this was definitely the case with our Granddaughter last year. She found the little cobbled streets with their many steps and archways as compelling and addictive as swings and roundabouts would be at a fairground!!

Half way up the Main Street is the Torre di Pulcinella (newly painted) with a clown who strikes a bell on the hour and half hour. An obvious attraction!  Near to this is a bar so you can sit and have a drink while waiting for this very brief but magical moment to happen. 

Kids love animals and plants and so another attraction would be the Palazzo Bucelli in Via Gracciamo where they will find a selection of medieval plaques and some Etruscan urns carved with lots of creatures. 
For a two year old the underground Etruscan city with its maturing barrels of wine didn’t hold any attraction except for all the steps!  But older children of four upwards are usually entranced by these meandering caves and really enjoy tasting the cheeses and honey and bread and oil. 

We always played games with our kids when sightseeing. It kept them interested and motivated plus they learned a lot which was a bonus! The eldest loved to keep a Travel Journal. In it was stuck reminders of our days out like sugar packets and bills from bars and restaurants and postcards. She would record how long it took us to get there and what she liked and favourite buildings etc. We played I Spy kind of games and Montepulciano is good for this.  Try asking them to look for animal or plant carvings.  There are lots! 


Why not have a competition to see who can  find the next Water Tap or the next blocked n archway or window or the next Ape Van! 

Take chubby crayons and paper along. There are lots of interesting inscriptions and patterns on the walls and floor for rubbing,,

They can also be given puzzles dependent on age. 

For example, ‘What do they notice about the number of stones round a window or door?  Is there a common number pattern? Why?! Of course they will realise that the number of stones is always odd because each arch has a central stone at the top. 

Once you have meandered up to the top piazza they will want to go up this tower. 

Children cant try wines but they can try honey and salami and cheese and bread soaked in delicious oil! AND older ones will  definitely enjoy a trip down into the subterranean city which can be accessed here: 

Enjoy your visit to Montepulciano!