Blackout Poetry for Children- A how to guide

Blackout Poetry is a brilliant technique that uses existing text to create a poem with a new meaning. Underlines was not the creator of Blackout Poetry, just a big fan of it. Whilst some call the activity creative destruction, we like to think of it as a Imagination Fuel.

Here is a how to of creating a blackout poem with children.

You will need:
-Existing text from a story
-Black felt tip pen
– You may also wish to have other colour pens.

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Volcano experiment- Explorer Academy

The volcano explosion experiment in our Explorer Academy workshop at Fun Palaces was the moment where many children exclaimed ‘woah’ or ‘this is awesome!’
Here we have another fun, easy and educational experiment.
You will need:
-A jam/sauce jar or a plastic/paper cup
-One paper plate
-5 teaspoons of Bicarbonate of Soda
-Diluted paint
-Washing up liquid

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How clouds work- Explorer Academy workshop

The cloud in a jar experiment as a easy and low cost cloud-in-a-jar
experiment perfect for children to learn about the
science of clouds.

You will need:
-Empty sauce/jam jar
-Shaving Foam
-Diluted paint
-Paper plate
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Learning styles- how to make education easier.

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Definition of Learning;
The acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught.
– The Oxford English Dictionary

For most of us, the first eighteen or so years of our life are dedicated to learning. From birth, our brain is like a sponge looking to absorb information. Between the age of four or five, up until the age of eighteen we spend our time in school learning maths, literacy, science, geography, history and many other subjects, learning the basics up to the more complex. However depending on what the school we go to is like and whether we went to school five years ago, thirty years or more, the way we were taught would be different.
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Book Review: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (Published by Macmillan Children’s Books – RRP


‘A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark woods, A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.’

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is certainly not a book that needs encouragement to read. A hugely popular book that has been adapted into a play and a screenplay, The Gruffalo is filled with magic.
Join the character of Mouse as he journeys through the wood, meeting plenty of brilliant characters on the way who would find him quite tasty to eat. Mouse, however small, is filled with bravery and thinks fast on his feet warning everyone he meets of the ‘terrible’ Gruffalo.
The book filled with rhymes and repetition is perfect for children learning to read, allowing them to learn and recall phrases such as ‘An owl saw the mouse and the mouse looked good’, only with the animal changing as the journey progresses.

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Creative Corner: Comic Book door sign

With Superheroes all the rage at the moment and the launch of Mattel’s line of Superhero Figures that are girl characters, I thought I would kick off Creative Corner with a Comic Book door sign.
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In Conversation: Zoe Davey, Artist, Actor, Workshop Leader

We are very excited to have our first In Conversation with an extremely talented young woman, Zoe Davey. Zoe is an actor, artist (on many platforms), photographer, workshop leader and runs the company Zoe Davey Art & Photography.


Conceptual Acrylic Painting by Zoe Davey

Hi Zoe, thanks for talking to Underlines Ink today. Could you start off by telling us what your different job roles are?

As an Actor I create my own performances, perform and do a lot of rehearsing. I love creating new and interesting characters. I’m an Artist and photographer and created the company Zoe Davey Art and Photography, where I take peoples photos and ideas and develop them into pieces of art. I don’t limit myself to one art form, I use paints, drawings, computers, photography and art installations and anything can be a canvas.  Finally, as a workshop leader I create workshops for young people from scratch, whether its art or performance.

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