We are making a Spider. Facciamo un Ragno


First cut the tights.

Take four pipe-cleaners.

Put an elastic band around the middle.

Take a ball of cotton wool.

Push it into the centre of the tights.

Push (insert) the pipe-cleaners through the tights

Take two hair elastics (hair bobbles)

Put a hair bobble round the end of the tights

Then do the same to the other side.

Bend the pipe cleaners. (The legs):

Put/spread a little glue on the eyes

Stick the eyes on the spider and the nose.

Cut an elastic band for the mouth

Put a little glue on the mouth and stick on to the spider

We are finished.



prima taglia un collant.

Prendi quattro scovolini.

Avvolgi l’elasticità nel centro degli scovolini

Inserisci gli scovolini nel collant.

Metti gli elastici ai lati del collant

Piega gli scovolini. (Gambe)

Metti un po’ di colla su gli occhi

Incolla gli occhi sul ragno e anche il naso

Taglia un elastica per fare la bocca

Metti un po’ di colla sul l’elasticità e incollato su ragno

Abbiamo finito!


Un Ragno. The spider


The vowel ‘a’.

The English language has five vowels.

a. e. i. o. u

Each vowel has two sounds. A short and a long.

When a word has a cvc pattern. (Consonant Vowel Consonant the vowel ‘a’ has a short sound.

When the letter ‘e’ is added to the end o& a word it changes the short form to a long form of the vowel.

This lesson if for beginners both adults and children. Click on the link below for this lesson.

The vowel ‘a’.

A Narrated Book: ‘Pedro Pear’

Listening to a narrated book is a good way to improve understanding and pronunciation.

Books written for children are a good way to start.

This book is one of five I wrote during a series of workshops on story writing for children.


The UK government likes giving us advice on nutrition. Advice which they usually change every few years! One piece of advice was to eat FIVE pieces of fruit or vegetables A DAY. The characters in this book are fruit and vegetable people. This is why I named their hill, FIVE A DAY HILL. Now I think the Government advice is to eat TEN portions of fruit or veg. a day! So if I rewrote this book I would have to call (name) the hill, TEN A DAY HILL! But it doesn’t sound as nice!

I hope you enjoy the story. There are many more plus art, science and cookery programmes on my English Learning Channel : JumbleFun Channel