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.
JoJo Gnome didn’t wander too far from home on the latest leg of the Sound Machine book tour. Primary 1 joined myself and JoJo last week for some sound fun! Primary 1 had done some fantastic work before I came preparing some brilliant puppets and colourful backgrounds. Together we filmed the puppets dancing on ‘blue screen’. Later the digital magic was added and their whole project came together beautifully. Thanks to Al Fleming (a very talented local musician) who provided the music. We hope you enjoy our film – Dancing with JoJo Gnome.
Don’t forget there are tickets on sale now at Mugdock Park (0141-956-6100) for JoJo Gnome’s Christmas Story Fun…stories, quizzes and making a snowman film – great Christmas fun. Don’t miss out on the 10th December. Book soon as spaces are limited to 25.
This is Sugum the dinosaur a fantastic character created by the pupils of Cloverbank Nursery school in Glasgow in my latest twitter story.
Twitter stories are great fun (and hard work) both for myself and the schools involved. Over the course of a week prior to me visiting the school we create a story …one tweet at a time. I go first and then it’s the school and so on…so by the time I go to the school , usually on a Friday, we finish the story together. During our twitter week I never know what’s going to happen from tweet to tweet. Sometimes I imagine us off in one direction but the kids take off on a different journey from their wonderful imaginations. I draw the pictures on my iPad … and sometimes the pictures aren’t quite a ‘refined’ as I would like …but I can’t hold up the process. Sugum was in fact the first dinosaur I have drawn!
The first tweet mentioned that Cloverbank Nursery School has a ‘Door to somewhere’ in the garden of their nursery…and this bit is true. They have a fantastic wee bridge and a door which takes the children off on all kinds of adventures. I really enjoyed my time in Cloverbank with the children and their enthusiastic teachers.
Have a listen to how their story sounds .
Also check out their dancing Halloween puppets which were done when their nursery was in full swing Halloween mode!
If you are are looking something to enjoy in the run up to Christmas with your 2-6 year olds then JoJo Gnome’s Christmas Storytelling Fun is ideal. The event is being held at Mugdock Country Park just outside Glasgow. Tickets are £5.50 (adults/ children same price) and you can join in stories,smelling quizzes, make snowmen puppets and having them dance in a film with JoJo Gnome. Lots of seasonal fun to be had. The sessions are small (25 people max) …so cosy and fun. Would love to see you there. Tickets can be booked through Mugdock Park.
Christmas stocking fillers
JoJo Gnome & the Sound Machine is the perfect stocking filler for Christmas…order early to avoid Christmas post!
JoJo Gnome and his friends at P1 in Aitkenbar Primary School in Dumbarton and Cloverbank Nursery School in Glasgow have been doing some spooky dance moves for Halloween. We got up to our dancing fun in the latest bit of JoJo Gnome’s Sound Machine Book Tour. Clover bank nursery also did a fabulous twitter story which I will share with you in my next post soon. Till then have a fabulously spooky Halloween.
You can buy JoJoGnome & the Sound Machine here.
Come and meet Jo and JoJo Gnome for a Christmas Storytelling session at Mugdock Country Park on 10th December.