Half Term Baking and Science Activities

Half Term Fun with Five Quills

Staying at home this half term doesn’t have to mean the TV and tablets go on; there are lots of ways to entertain your kids and bring in some teachable moments. Here are a few fun ideas to keep young minds active and happy.

First up, get your kids baking!

Baking is a brilliant way to bring in some maths practice. In the Sky Private Eye picture book series by Jane Clarke and illustrated by Loretta Schauer, Sky is not only a fabulous detective but also a brilliant baker. She has two child-friendly cupcake recipes for you to try at home. Get your little bakers ready with aprons and oven mitts. You might also need a stool to help your child reach the counter.

Wolfie from Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Missing Grandma. ©Five Quills 2017

Sky’s Vanilla Cupcakes are an all-round winner. Sorting and measuring all the ingredients with your kids before you start mixing is a great way to introduce some simple maths and counting skills. This recipe is from the first book in the series, Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Missing Grandma. It’s a race against time to find out if Wolfie, the Big Bad Wolf, is up to his tricks again and save the day with the help of some cupcakes. With just eight ingredients you’ll hopefully already have in the cupboard and fridge, plus a vanilla frosting you can adorn with chocolate drops and sprinkles, little bakers will be very happy.

The Gingerbread Boy from Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Runaway Biscuit. ©Five Quills 2017

The Gingerbread Boy from Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Runaway Biscuit. ©Five Quills 2017

Sky’s Gingerbread Cupcakes are another delicious choice with ginger, cinnamon and a cream cheese frosting. They’re inspired by the second book in the series, Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Runaway Biscuit. The Gingerbread Boy needs a helping hand to escape Foxy Loxy and make the Fairytale Olympics. If you need to up-scale the quantities, perhaps for a party, little bakers can help and practice their multiplication skills!

Whilst the cupcakes are in the oven you can turn your little bakers into little scientists and bring in some fun physics (yes really!), this time inspired by the enthusiastic Al from Al’s Awesome Science adventure chapter-book series by Jane Clarke, and illustrated by James Brown. In the first book, Eggs-speriments! Al is experimenting to find the best shape for his time machine capsule, with the help of his equally energetic twin sister, Lottie. Here is one of his experiments to try at home.

Next, get your kids eggs-sperimenting!

Al and Lottie walking on eggs from Al's Awesome Science ©Five Quills

Al and Lottie walking on eggs from Al’s Awesome Science ©Five Quills 2017

In Al’s Walking on Eggs-speriment little scientists will learn that egg-shaped objects are one of the strongest shapes in nature and can withstand great force! This is a good one for happy-to-be-scrambled eggs on an easy to clean floor.

You will need two boxes of six eggs, some books – recipe books are great – and some clean, bare little feet. Now, this could get messy, but not as much as you might think! One little scientist should start with gently putting one foot on each open box of eggs; they might be surprised to see what happens. See more below and if their results are the same as Al and Lottie’s on the activity sheet.

You can find both Sky’s recipes and Al’s experiment on the Activities page along with more ideas for fun this half term. Share your cupcake creations (before they’re all gobbled up) and Eggs-speriments with us so we can give you a virtual high five!

Happy baking and eggs-sperimenting.

Walking on Egg Experiments extract from Al’s Awesome Science ©Five Quills 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Edited by Janey Robinson

Sky Private Eye Reviews Round-Up

A Marvellous Collection of Reviews for Sky Private Eye

Sky Private Eye ©Five Quills 2017

A marvellous collection of reviews for our Sky Private Eye Titles: Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Missing Grandma and Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Runaway Biscuit by Jane Clarke and illustrated by Loretta Schauer. These reviews make us even more excited about our third book in the series Sky Private Eye and The Case of the Sparkly Slipper: A Cinderella Fairytale Mystery, to be released in March 2018,  written and illustrated by the same fantastic duo Jane Clarke and Loretta Schauer.

 

“A lively fairytale series.” The Bookseller

“This is a fun story with wonderful illustrations which would make a great read aloud for story time.” North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award

“Full of fun, with super illustrations.”  Parents in Touch

“Kids will absolutely love this fabulous re-spun classic, but will definitely love Sky – who is set to star in her own range of fabulous detective fairy stories.” Read it Daddy

“This new series is a great way to introduce children to traditional fairytales with the inspiring Sky as the lead role.” Angels & Urchins

“A fabulous re-imagining of traditional fairy tales, sure to become a favourite at bedtime!”  (The Case of the Runaway Biscuit) Creative Steps

“A lovely series . . . Sky Private Eye is a thoroughly enjoyable read, bringing to life classic fairytale characters in a new and brilliant way. A very accessible font and clear narrative makes this a great book for fledgling readers to try themselves, as well as being a good story to read aloud. . . The wonderful illustrations are lively, colourful and perfectly capture the tone of the story . . . All in all, it’s a great story to have on your bookshelf and sure to be a hit with aspiring bakers and fairytale fans alike.”    The Book Activist

“Baking, detection and fairy tales are all whisked together in this appealing story to make a tasty picture book… A busy, action-packed story that puts an original spin on the world of fairy tales.”  (The Case of the Runaway Biscuit) Love Reading 4 Kids 

Snuffle Snuffling from Sky Private Eye ©Five Quills 2017

“Baking, detection and fairy tales are all whisked together in this appealing story to make a tasty picture book… A funny, lively spin on a traditional fairy tale.” (The Case of the Missing Grandma) Love Reading 4 Kids 

“The tale’s telling is terrific fun and with illustrations by rising star, Loretta Schauer, that are full of hilarious details, this series looks set to be a winner.” ( The Case of the Missing Grandma) Red Reading Hub 

“The recipe is akin to the previous case: cupcake baking, a deft move on Sky’s part and a thoroughly satisfying finale. Whether or not you met Sky in Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Missing Grandma, then do so now. The chief ingredients: Jane Clarke’s toothsome telling and Loretta Schauer’s appetising artwork, wield their magic again.” (The Case of the Runaway Biscuit) Red Reading Hub

The Gingerbread Boy from Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Runaway Biscuit. ©Five Quills 2017

The Gingerbread Boy from Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Runaway Biscuit. ©Five Quills 2017

“Puts a whole new spin on the classic fairytale … The illustrations are bright and appealing – leaving little white space – and provide plenty of visual literacy, being busy and full of items to peruse. The idea is very much for the reader to be his or her own detective, deciphering what is different from the original fairytale, and predicting what might happen. The book was devoured by my testers here, who definitely wanted more.” Minerva Reads