Yesterday I placed an easel outside Jumble House. On it was an example of art produced by blowing paint with a straw. A technique enjoyed by generations of children.
It’s also one of the methods I used to create the illustrations in my book, ‘Roo’s Magic Colours’. This is the story of Rupert (Roo) who loves painting and, through his art , finds a way to make the ‘boring’ everyday tasks like walking the dog and tidying his bedroom a lot more fun! The book links with a playlist by the same name on my channel containing videos showing how to create these pictures.
Today I will replace this illustration with another example from my book, using a different technique.
Here is the link:
Collecting autumn leaves is fun. They are colourful! Crispy and NOISY!
We love crunching them under our feet and watching them fall from the trees.
I take a magazine out with me and slip the leaves between the pages. That way they don’t get broken on the way home.
Once home I slip the magazine under a rug for a couple of days to flatten the leaves.
Then we’re ready to make our Mrs. Spoon.
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.
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.
Will you write a story or a poem or perhaps make a model or paint a picture.?
Watch the video below for more ideas:
It was a big washing day today at Jumble House and, because we don’t have a garden, that means clothes hung from every window plus a drier in the bathroom.
Lizzie Witch saw this as an excellent opportunity to teach us all about evaporation and steam and condensation.
To watch the programme just click on this link (and please subscribe to our channel):- Evaporation Programme
Lizzie left us with a challenge and hear a a couple more:
1. Water evaporates more quickly when it is warm than when it is cool. Can you think of a way to,prove that this statement is true?
2. Take two identical pieces of cloth. Soak them in water and then squeeze the water out. Place one in a sealed plastic bag and spread the other out on the floor in a sunny place. What do you think will happen by the same time tomorrow?
Check every couple of hours, record what you see and explain the results.
Part one of the Sunday Challenge programmes on flying machines.
Did you know that the first plane with an engine was a biplane ?
Bi Planes are planes with two wings, one over the other. They have very good uplift but the ‘drag’ is much greater than with the more modern planes so they are much slower. The very first plane with an engine was a BiPlane.
Freddie Jumble is very interested in planes and so is Judi. Her father was in the airforce and later in the Royal Observer Corps.
Here she is at the controls.
Watch the video to see how to make your very own model : Flying Machines. Bi Planes
We never know when Lizzie is around but you can guarantee that something will go wrong and that she will make a lot of mess!
It is also guaranteed that she she will make learning basic scientific concepts very magical for young audiences
AND that this is one series of children’s programmes that adults won’t mind watching too!
Lizzie has a glass jar containing a very weird assortment of food.
Is she going to cook something?
Will she make them disappear ?
Will she say a magic spell and change them into a cake or a frog or ……?
Click on this link to watch the video. Maybe you will find out ! Maybe you won’t ! But if you don’t try you will never know!
Please remember that it is always advisable for an adult to supervise these activities.
Is it magic or is it clever science and what is that ‘magic’ powder?
Lizzie has a lot of fun and makes a lot of mess as usual whilst presenting some basic scientific concepts and fun investigations you can do at home.
But don’t be content with just copying what Lizzie does!
Science is all about trial and error.
About making mistakes and learning from them.
About changing elements of the experiment to see what happens.
In this experiment you could try changing
- the kind of oil
- using sparkling water
- use sugar in place of salt
- change the shape and size of the glass
How are you getting on with the last Sunday Challenge?
The challenge was to make something using just some plastic cups, balloons, pipe cleaners and straws.
You can use glue to stick things together and a pair of scissors but remember you must ask an adult first.
Let's see what the Jumbles are making.
TuTu is going to make a person. She's using one balloon for the head.
I wonder what she will use for the body, arms and legs.
What do you think?
Georgie hasn't decided what to make. She is trying out different arrangements of plastic cups.
What do you think she could make with the cups in a tower like this?
Come back next Sunday to see what the Jumbles have made and for a new challenge.
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