Monday, 8 February 2016

Why did the chicken cross the road?

"Why did the chicken cross the road?
It begins over five thousand years ago with the domestication of the red junglefowl in southeast Asia and the development of paved roads in the Sumerian city of Ur."

(Alt-text on this comic)

Friday, 5 February 2016

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Updated website

I've just updated my portfolio website:

It really needs a proper redesign, and I'm working on that. However, it's proving rather tricky. Being a bit of a Jack-of-all-trades makes it more complex than if I just did one thing.

So I thought it was more important to update what I had, instead of waiting until I finally got the new one figured out.

What I've done:
  • Changed the logo.
  • Done some tweaking to the design (removed shadows, added lines, etc).
  • Most importantly - made sure it actually has some of my recent work on it!

Friday, 29 January 2016

Zeta Maths

I've been having fun :-)

They are little characters for a kids' maths book.

"The characters have two main purposes, firstly to bring a bit of interest to some otherwise pretty boring books and secondly [...] a good educational opportunity to teach at least some of the Greek alphabet, which they will use later, at an early age."

All the personalities are based on some of the maths or science uses of the letters.

Alpha and Beta are twins. They like reading mystery stories, and writing secret codes to each other.

Gamma loves comics and old sci-fi movies. She got a science set for her birthday, and wants to invent a real ray gun.

Delta likes practicing conjuring tricks.  His favourite films are Shrek and Harry Potter.

Zeta’s favourite subject is maths. He likes watching videos about strange weather, especially tornadoes. And he loves sleeping. Zzzzzzz

Theta likes watching snooker with his grandad. His favourite foods are Doritos and cheese triangles.

Lambda loves swimming and surfing. Summer is her favourite time of year. Wherever she goes, she’s always listening to music.

Pi likes pies. And pizza. And cakes... When he’s not eating, he’ll usually be playing football.

Mrs Sigma is the school secretary. She adds up the number of children at school every day, and checks that the right amount of dinner money has been collected. She likes doing Sodoku.

Phi is always very elegant. She likes flowers and shells. She wants to be an artist when she grows up.

Mr Omega is the children’s teacher. He seems strict, but is nice when you get to know him. In his spare time, he likes making electronic gadgets.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Not procrastinating

"I am not procrastinating
I am simply wisely waiting
In case some magic pixies come
and do it in the night."

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Memory verse display

The first verse I taught the children this session was, "Your word is truth John 17 v 17", as that is the reason for everything we do in Sunday School.

As an easy, fun activity to start the new session, we made big letters to go on the wall. I cut them out of grey card*, and then the children decorated them with coloured chalk. I sprayed them with hairspay to fix them.

The washing line was an afterthought, but I really like it. Each time we learn a new verse, we add it to the line.

*The font is Andika New Basic, with a thick outline added to make it chunky. This is my current favourite Sunday School font - clear and legible, with bold and italic.

Memory verse game

Print out the verse on two (or more) different colours of paper. Pictures are optional - I used babies* because the story was about hiding baby Moses.

Distribute them round the room. We used blu-tack and attached them to the walls, windows, light fittings, bookcase etc... Others were placed on chairs, under the table etc. Some can be obvious, but make some a bit tricky to find.

Divide the children into teams. The teams have to find all the words in their colour, and get them in the right order.

Boy (when his team was last collecting the words): It's not a race.
Same boy (when his team sorted them into order first): We won!

*Template from Remember Remember from the Good Book Company.