Fun with Autumn Leaves

There are SO many things you can do with Autumn leaves!

First go our and ENJOY them. Let the kids have fun crushing them under foot, jumping in the. Throwing them in the air. Watch. Listen. It’s a fun way to learn so many new words. How do they feel? Which words describe the sounds they make? How many colours can you see?

Then collect and press some in old magazines .

Then they can be used to make spoon people or table decorations or collages or beautiful lamps.


It’s a good idea to take an old book out with you when you go collecting because fallen leaves curl up very quickly. If you take a book then you can slip the leaves between the pages.  Then, on returning home, the book can be placed under something heavy or between other books on the bookshelf until you are ready the use the leaves.

On today’s programme (click on the link below) you will see how to make models and pictures and a lantern but there are lots more things you can do and there will be more ideas in our next programme. The programme is designed to inspire and motivate young children and is introduced by the JUMBLES puppets. Watch it together and then …have fun!

                        Click here for the AUTUMN LEAVESg programme

Make a Jumble Tuft Toy – The Sunday Challenge

Have you watched our Christmas Movie ?   No?  Then click on the link below: 

It features Lizzie Witch, Jumbles the cat and these cute little Jumble Tuft toys. The JUMBLE TUFTS are really easy  and fun to make.  Even very young children will be able to help. 

Once made they can be used as toys , puppets or as  decorations for backpacks.  If a magnet is sewn into the hat or foot they become even more versatile. Why not make some as presents ?  Children will love them especially when they have watched the Christmas movie. 

          Link to video instructions

Above is the link to the video instruction or you can follow the pictures below: 


  1. What you need

2.  Cut a piece from the leg of a pair of tights big enough to make the Jumble Tuft body plus Tufty ears. 

3.  Stuff the centre with cotton wool or stuffing from a pillow. Secure each side of the stuffing with rubber bands. 

4.  Make sure you have left some of the stuffing showing to make the Tufty ears. 

5.  Cut shoe laces to size and stick or sew to the back. 

6.  Add eyes and nose and sew or stick on a bit of hair and then the rest is left to your creativity!  Make a little hat. Add pipe cleaners for arms. Feet can be Velcro or bits of tights.  Magnets can be sewn into hat or feet. 

Insert a wooden spoon into the back and you have a puppet!  There are countless adaptations!  

Imagine …..l


Imagine what it would be  like to be really small.  So small you could make your home in this empty snail shell.

Or under a rock or in a hole in a tree.

Where  would you sleep ?  What wouid be your table?  Your cups and plates?
How can you create this imaginary world?

Will you write a story or a poem or perhaps make a model or paint a picture.?

Watch the video below for more  ideas:


The Sunday Challenge programme showing us painting on fabric can be reached by clicking on the link below.

                   Painting on fabric at Jumble House

It may seem strange to use artist’s materials for a child’s project but I did this for several reasons.

  • I use the INKTENSE pencils myself so it made economical sense! 
  • I believe that children should whenever possible use good materials for art because they produce much better results.  This, in turn, motivates them to do more.  No doubt you have all experienced painting on that dreadful sugar paper provided by schools? Need I say more! Using poor quality materials produces poor quality results which can put people off painting for life! 
  • Projects produced with these pencils not only have a WOW factor but will last! 

INKTENSE PENCIL CRAYONS are extremely versatile and are equally effective when applied to paper or fabric. They can be used to create a diverse range of art from vibrant silk painting to detailed illustrations and delicate watercolours. 

They are also very economical and last for ages. The ones we used for this Sunday Challenge were bought about two years ago and have been used for many projects. 

I like these PENCIL CRAYONS because they can produce such different effects depending how they are applied. The colour can be applied to either dry or fabric which has been wet with water or, for a more permanent effect, a fabric medium. More layers of colour can be applied if a vibrant effect is required.  The harder you press, the bolder the colors will be.

I always iron the finished project to set the colours.

An alternative solution if you cant be tempted to have a go yourself, is to use the CRAYOLA FABRIC CRAYONS. These have good tapered ends making them easy to apply and  the colours are good. Layering two primary colours produces a very true secondary colour. 

Polystyrene Models


This Sunday Challenge introduces children to polystyrene and suggests ways to make models.  It is ​a great project for children from six upwards with adult supervision. 

Polystyrene is fun to work with and building sculptures like this one teaches children to appreciation the importance of light and shadow and movement. 

The inspiration for the featured image came from an amazing sculpture by artist Danilo Fiorucci entitled : LO SPAZIO ASSENTE . ( The ascending space). 

To view this sculpture and the Jumbles experimenting with polystyrene watch the video below: 

The Sunday Challenge