My friend Louise told me how to make this folded tea towel chicken; thanks Louise! ‘Lay a tea towel flat on the table, with the short sides at top and bottom. Roll the top side down, stopping at the middle, then roll the bottom side up to touch. Fold the left side over on top […]
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This looks complicated, but its not – its just long-winded to explain. For this trick you need a man’s handkerchief or a square cloth of a similar size. Smooth it out flat (on a table) as in the diagram below, and then fold it upwards diagonally in half. Fold the corners in from each side […]
In Arthur Ransome‘s delightful series of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ children’s books from the 1930’s, the kids use owl calls to signal to each other at various points in their adventures. “There was a noise in the wood below them, a noise something like an owl and something like a cuckoo, ending in a gurgle of […]
This easy and fun way of preparing mangoes is sometimes called making mango porcupines. First you use a sharp knife to fillet each side of the mango, cutting off the ‘cheek’, and getting as close to the mango pip as you can. Then on each cheek make cuts in the mango about 2cm (1/2 in) […]
Magic moths are lots of fun. When your moth is made you can make it hover with just its nose resting on your fingertip, the rim of a glass, or even the point of a pin. Click on the moth to pop-up the full-size image, download it, and then print it out onto thin card. […]
A banana trick seems to be an appropriate way to start off this blog… This is a way to amaze the whole room by giving someone a banana that it has already been sliced inside! You will need a banana that is ripe enough to already have some black spots on it, so that the […]