Magic with Lizzy Witch

Lizzy uses her magic to make a bouncy egg but is it really magic ?

The Lizzie Witch magic posts are a fun way to introduce simple science investigations and basic concepts to young children.

Lizzie encourages them to be inquisitive and to find things out for themselves BUT all activities should be supervised by an adult.

 

 

 

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Maisie and the Hedgehog.

It was a lovely Autumn day.

Warm and sunny.

Maisie Jumble was playing in the garden. Maisie liked tumbling around.

She was just about go into a headstand when ………

‘Rustle rustle’

What was that? wondered Maisie.

‘Rustle rustle’

There it was again.

Where was the noise coming from?

Maisie looked up at the trees.

She looked down at the grass.

She looked right and then left.

Where was the noise coming from?

Then, from under the bushes came the

most perculiar little creature.

Can you guess what it was?

Here are some clues.

It was small and roundish.

It had four tiny legs.

It had two eyes and a little pointed face and snout.

It was covered in prickles!

You’ve guessed?

Yes! It was a hedgehog. A very young hedgehog.

Maisie thought it was SO cute!

She wanted to keep it as a pet but knew not to.

It is not kind to keep wild animals as pets.

So, instead, Maisie enjoyed watching it in the garden.

Maisie had read about hedgehogs in story-books but she had never seen a real

one before .

Now her head was full of so many questions.

Why are they called hedgehogs?

Why do they have prickles ?

Why are their legs so short?

What do they eat?

Why do they have such a pointed snout?

What kind of an animal are they?

Maisie picked up the little hedgehog very carefully and do you know what it did?

 

 

Yes! It rolled into a ball. A very prickly ball.

‘Ouch! said Maisie. ‘Now I know why they have prickles. It’s to stop other animals

from catching and eating them!’

Maisie watched the hedgehog for a long time.

She saw it nuzzling the grass with its snout.

‘I wonder what the hedgehog is doing,’ thought Maisie.

‘It looks like it’s searching for something. I wonder what it can be?’

 

Maisie needs some help to find the answers to her other questions.

Can you help her?

Where do you think you can look ?

Try the links below.


http://youtu.be/Llg0jMumwyI

http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/pages/all-about-hedgehogs.html

 

…. and here is a short video of Maisie with the hedgehog.

 

Today is BONFIRE NIGHT in the UK.

A very dangerous day for hedgehogs who like to sleep in piles of leaves and sticks.

 

 

 

Georgie goes on holiday

Georgie is going on holiday.

She is going to Italy.

Georgie has never been to Italy before and it is also her first time in an aeroplane.

The flight is very early in the morning and so they stay in a Hotel near to the airport the night before.

In the morning they drive to Stansted Airport.

First they must go to the bag drop with their luggage.
The airport is very busy and there are lots of people.
Georgie waits quietly. It is fun watching everyone .
 

Georgie likes the airport

Here are lots of shops and bars and restaurants.

George has a go in the Toblerone aeroplane and wins a prize.

Then it is time to board the plane.
Furst they must find out which gate their flight leaves from.
Then they board the plane.
Everything is very strange.
There are lots of rows of seats and lockers for cabin bags and coats
Georgie is too small to reach the locker. Then a steward comes to help her.

Soon the engines start.

The plane starts to move and they taxi slowly along the runway.

A sign above Georgie's head lights up and the stewardess makes sure she has fastened her safety belt.

Georgie doesn't like the safety belt very much but she knows she must wear it when the sign is lit.

When Georgie looks out of the window she can see parts of the plane. Do you know what they are?

Soon they are flying high in the sky. Georgie looks down and can see something white and fluffy. It looks like cotton wool.

Do you know what it is ?

Then it's time for something to eat or drink. A very smiley air hostess comes round with a trolley and asks Georgie what she would like to drink. Georgie likes this plane. Everyone is so nice.

 

Georgie enjoys looking out of the window. There is so much to see.

They fly over some mountains. They are the Italian Alps. Can you see them in the picture?

What do you think the white bits are?

Sometimes there is only cloud and nothing to see but Georgie is not bored.
She has brought her journal and enjoys drawing pictures and writing about her trip.
 

It seems no time at all before they are about to start their descent into Perugia airport.

The plane starts to descend and Georgie's ears feel funny and make strange noises.
She sucks a sweet and swallows a lot to make them feel better.

 

The ground is coming nearer and nearer but Georgie wonders why everything looks very small.

Can you think why? All those pictures of Georgie might give you a clue.

Now they are nearly down and everything is much clearer .

Then there is a little bump as the wheels touch the runway and the plane has landed. They are told to keep their safety belts on until the plane has stopped and the sign goes off.

Georgie watches while the suitcases are loaded onto a truck.

Then it her turn to leave the plane and climb down the steps. She says Thankyou to the kind steward and stewardess. It has been a lovely trip. She wants to do it all over again!

But now it's time to collect her luggage and go into the bar for something to eat.

The bar is fun. There are lots of things to choose from. Pizza, sandwiches, cakes, ice cream.
Georgie chooses a piece of pizza.

Then they drive through the beautiful Umbrian countryside and up a winding mountain road to a pretty medieval village. The houses, the trees and the fields all look very strange to Georgie. Everything is so different from England.

Georgie follows her directions and reaches a house which she thinks must be 'Jumble House' but everywhere is very quiet and there is no one to ask.

It's a funny house. There is no footpath and no garden and, where is the door? There must be a door!

Can this be where the Italian Jumbles live?

But then Georgie looks up.
There at the window are all her Italian relatives waving and shouting!
It is the right house after all!

Keep following the blog to discover more about Georgie's trip to Italy.

 

Halloween


Look at the sky. What can you see?

Is it a witch?

Yes?

Why do you think it's a witch?

Think of three reasons.

 

It's coming closer!

Yes! It looks like a witch. But could it be something else ?

 

It's Lizzy Jumble! I wonder why she is dressed up as a witch?

Can you guess?

Here's a clue. It is the 31st October on Saturday.

It's a special day. Do you know what it is?

Yes! Halloween.

Why not make a Jumble for Halloween,

You can make a witch like Lizzy from black tights.

What else could you make ?

 

Maybe this?

 

 

Look at the Jumble Box.

I can see a white pillow slip and a ball.

Can you make anything spooky from them?


Have fun with your Jumbles and email me some photos.

I'll try to post them on our Pinterest board.


Why did you think it was a witch in the picture?

Did you think of 3 reasons ?

Yes?

You thought of more?

That's even better!

 

 

Help your child to be a creative thinker

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

Because it’s 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.

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!

‘Jumble Fun’ 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 project.

 

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!