Where I go JoJo Gnome follows and this year we were once again on the beautiful Scottish Island of Tiree. This wee jewel is the perfect place for walking, writing and unwinding. It was also the place where I was convinced I should go on a bike again for the first time in over a year. The island is inspirational in so many ways and I always come away with lots of ideas. This year I have decided to have a summer fun page with some activities which the under 5’s ( and over 5’s too) might like to have a go at. These will include quizzes, sand drawing (check out video here), making your own postcards and videos to watch on rainy indoor days.
For the sand drawing videos I decided to do some stop frame animation on Gott Bay, which is a wonderful 4km long stretch of beach. With a bit of help I managed to finish the video just before the tide came in (phew) and washed away all of the art work.
I was delighted that the lovely gift shop in Tiree ‘Chocolates and Charms’ will now be stocking JoJo Gnome books and badges. Drop in for a wee look if you are on the island. Rebecca who owns the shop also make her own lovely silver jewellery and delicious hand made chocolates. There are lots of other treats there too including ‘soor plooms’ (a very Scottish wersh sweetie) and pocket kites (who can resist!).
I had a lovely time this week visiting the pupils at Blackford Primary School. I shared the book JoJo Gnome and the Sound Machine with the P1/2 class and in return they shared, with JoJo and I, their ‘soon to be’ butterflies….how exciting, looking forward to getting some pictures of them before they are released into the wild.
The main reason for my visit was the catch up with their ‘Guardians of Garden’ group who look after the school’s fantastic wee garden along with Nicki Nightingale. She has worked with the children over several years to make this a very special place. Their garden includes a sound area, lots of herbs, a throne, a secret underground ‘fairy’ bit and a book cupboard. JoJo put a copy of The Sound Machine book into the their outdoor library so they can enjoy a quick story after the planting and digging.
The exciting reason for the visit at this time is that the children are starting to get ideas together for their JoJo Gnome inspired planter which they will be entering at Gardening Scotland schools competition this June..It will feature their own characters Blackford Bob and Blackford Bailey… great fun. They have been successful in past years with their gardens, so JoJo and I have fingers crossed for you for 2017. I’ll let you know how they get on.
If you want to read the book, JoJo Gnome & the Sound Machine, which inspired the children then you can buy it here.
Even though it was pouring down today we had great fun planting seeds at our local charity plant sale. Mia, Lucy and Millie were three budding gardeners who rose to the challenge. Seeds were planted and laminated plant labels made. Looking forward to seeing how big those sunflowers grow! Remember there is a Sow and Grow with JoJo Gnome ebook!
Looking back on Easter
There was a lovely round up of pictures taken by the Milingavie and Bearsden Herald of our Easter Story Fun Event. Can you spot anyone you know?
We had such a lot of fun at JoJo Gnome’s Easter Story Fun this Easter Weekend. Lots of stories were told, we all climbed the magic Easter Egg plant and of course made Ester Egg puppets and had them dance. We even had a visit from the local paper. Enjoy the photos from the event and the children’s film below.
If your looking for more Springtime JoJo Fun check out our activities page.You’ll find films, a sound hunt and colouring.
JoJo Gnome’s Easter Story Fun
There’s still time to get tickets for JoJo Gnome’s Easter Story Fun at Mugdock Country Park on 15th April. Lots of fun and stories guaranteed. Join in the spring sound quiz, listen to JoJo Gnome’s Sound Machine and find out what happens when we all plant JoJo Gnome’s magic beans! Round off the session by making an Easter Egg puppet and having it dance in a film with JoJo Gnome. I will let the parents have a link to where the film will sit so they can enjoy that special Easter treat. JoJo Gnome books and badges will be on sale at the event. Tickets are £5.50 and can be booked in advance from Mugdock Country Park on 0141-956-6100. There are a limited amount of tickets on sale on the day.
If you are looking for some fun activities then check out our Spring Fun page packed with films, things to make and do and even colour in.
Skye Book Festival
I am so excited to be able to tell you that JoJo Gnome and myself will be taking part in the Skye Book Festival in September this year. Will let you know more about what we are up to later …but you will be able to follow the twitter story we write with the children in Skye. Exciting times!
What a great time I had last week when I visited the Primary 1 classes at Aviemore Primary School. The weather was an almost tropical 12 degrees and there was no sign of snow except right at the top of the Cairngorms. Mrs Dallas’s class had been writing all week on twitter with me, a story called ‘Learning is Fun!” It is all about what happens when 3 aliens visit their school. On the day I visited we finished off the story together.
What amazing imaginations these young people have. I learned Mrs Dallas is very keen on stories and the class are always coming up with new and exciting ideas.
JoJo Gnome & I enjoyed visiting Aviemore Primary school and sharing the animated film ‘JoJo Gnome and the Cake Contest‘. Primary 1 still had enough creative juice flowing at the end of our session to do some cake animations of their own.
Thanks again for having me at the school…it was great fun!
Easter Storytelling Eggstravaganza
I am delighted to be able to tell you we are doing 2 Easter themed storytelling sessions at Mugdock Country Park (near Glasgow) on Saturday 15th April. There will be lots of stories, quizzes and making easter eggs dance! More information on JoJo’s Event page.
Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope 2017 will be a year filled with things which are good and positive. Thank you so much for supporting JoJo Gnome & myself in 2016 …here’s to 2017!
A quick look back at some of 2016’s highlights!
Look out for some new animated stories to enjoy on JoJo Gnome’s You Tube Channel. Subscribe now and see them first!
It’s been a busy time in the run up to Christmas but not too busy to work with Colgrain Primary 2 to make a seasonal Christmas story. I called the story ‘Santa’s Tum” have a listen below and find out why.
We also had lots of dancing snowmen…which we captured in a wee film. Well done P2! Happy Christmas.
What a great time we had on Saturday at Mugdock Park doing JoJo Gnome’s Christmas Fun. This was the first time I have done a Christmas Show for the public and it was really enjoyable. Lots of kids. mums, grannies and a sprinkling of dads made for a great mix. Stories were enjoyed and Christmas was well and truly celebrated with sounds and smells (including Santa’s smelly sock!). The children made some very colourful snowmen and then we filmed them dancing. Have a look at their film below which should include all of the snowmen made on the day. Thanks to everyone who came along.
There’s nothing quite like when other people ‘get’ what you are trying to achieve. Al Fleming is one person who understands my GNOME WORK better than most as he is the fabulous musician who composes and plays my JoJo Gnome music for me. Al is an amazing blues singer and performer and plays gigs around Scotland. There’s many a person who would switch off their phone when they receive a text asking if he could help with music which snowmen could dance to….but not Al. He’s off up to his home studio …which is kind of like a man cave with lots of guitars and technical equipment. There he conjures up wonderful sound pictures. Last time round he made me some bright spring music complete with birds tweeting. This time it’s all about the snowmen.
As part of JoJo Gnome’s Christmas Story Fun (for 3-6 years) on 10th December at Mugdock Park, we will be making snowmen puppets and having them dance in a film with JoJo Gnome. Now I know what music they will be dancing to. Al you’re a star!
Click on Al’s Photo to hear him performing at Mugdock Theatre.