Art & History

POO-EE! Roman Toilet Seat Found Near Hadrian’s Wall

How would you like to root around in a 2000 year-old toilet?! The Romans created aqueducts, newspapers, and bound books… but did you know they helped create the toilets we have today?
Archaeologists at a Roman excavation site in Northumberland have recently uncovered a wooden toilet seat…that is 2000 years old! While it looks a bit more basic than the toilet seats we have today, it shows that they were very concerned with cleanliness.


Roman toilet seat

The Roman wooden toilet seat. Not looking bad to say it’s 2000 years old! (Source.)



National Geographic Photo Competition for Kids

Cameras at the ready, Jump readers – we’ve got some exciting news for all you wannabe photographers! The National Geographic Photo Competition for Kids launched this week. 


The Tiger (William Blake)




camera ff9900 orangeHow would you like to win an amazing tiger safari to India?! If you’ve got a flair for photography, then this could be your chance. National Geographic Magazine are looking for talented young photographers to capture on camera the weird and wonderful world around them. Using digital or film, black and white or colour, this is your chance to get creative with your camera, win some amazing prizes, and have lots of fun trying!




camera 009900 greenThere are four categories to inspire you: take stunning scenic shots for ‘Dare to Explore’, or capture your crazy cat for ‘Amazing Animals’. Get adventurous with your holiday snaps for ‘Wild Vacation’, or a pic of the most bizarre things around you for ‘Weird but True’. Full of ideas? You can enter each category (just once)!



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camera 00a3cc turqThe judges will choose the winning photos based on creativity and skill. The overall winner will get to jet off to Rajasthan, India, for nine days, taking in tigers, boar, antelope, waterbirds…and the Taj Mahal! The winners of each category also get a stunning Nikon camera and £150 worth of Photobox vouchers, as well as entry into the International Competition to win a trip to Washington DC! Read the full competition rules here for UK. Not in UK? Check out the international partners of National Geographic



camera ff0000 redNeed some inspiration? Check out last year’s winners below, Ben Duursma, who has just got back from his own safari. Now those are definitely some photos we’d like to see!
ben duursma



vivien cheung



leela channer




eva dawe




camera ff32ad pinkNational Geographic also have a brilliant website for young people. Here you can share your photos, play games, and learn all about your favourite creatures, whether they’re lions, dinosaurs or great white sharks! There’s also lots of information and pictures about history, mythology, geography and more. They also have great apps, books and a print magazine.




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We think this might be the grumpiest fish we’ve ever seen…




So what are you waiting for? To enter all you need to do is email your photos – visit the site for full details. Don’t forget to let us know if you enter. And good luck!


Language & Literature

12 Awesome Book Resources for Kids

Looking for great Book Resources for kids? These are our favourite sites for avid readers, and to inspire and encourage reluctant bookworms.
If you know of any book resources that we have missed, do let us know and we will add them to the list!
You can also browse our articles on Books on Jump! Mag.



Summer Clothes: Boys’ Edition

This week it’s the boys’ turn for some summer fashion – read on for some inspiration. If you haven’t seen last week’s Girls’ Edition, click here, and remember – you don’t have to be too hung up on whether clothes are sold as boys’ or girls’ – if you like something, go for it!

If you like stripes, you’re in luck. As ever, they are everywhere, and in every colour combo you can think of – check out the unusual clash of colours on this Ted Baker top. There are plenty of t-shirts around – we like the ones with contrasting colour pockets like these from Asda – but these sweaters are both great too. Otherwise, try stripes on your shorts, like these from Frugi.



Striped jumper – Mango, Peach striped tee – Next, Multi tee – Ted Baker, Striped shorts – Frugi, 2-pack t-shirts – Asda, Striped jumper – Mango

Who doesn’t love a fun t-shirt? If you’re bored of anchors and boats, why not go for something a bit different – the headphones tee from Debenhams and licence plate one from Mango are particularly cool. Perhaps you could go for a simple, striking image like this Next glasses t-shirt. Or if creatures are more your thing, we recommend something like the bear or beetle tees, which also have interesting lettering, or perhaps this great white shark one from Asda, which changes colour in the heat.


Headphones – Debenhams, Shark – Asda, Beetle – Debenhams, Green patterned – Next, Licence plate – Mango, ‘Cool’ – Next, Bangers and mash – Monsoon, Bear – Debenhams, Dinosaur – Frugi

It’s summer, so go bright, go bold! Whether it’s checks or neons, it’s a great time to get creative with your colours and patterns. Hawaiian style shirts are always fun, and bright yellow is everywhere – just avoid wearing it all over if you don’t want to hurt people’s eyes!


Hawaiian shirt – M&S, Checked shirt – Mango, Yellow shorts – H&M, Coral swim shorts – H&M, Lime t-shirt – H&M, Pink chinos – Mango, Red checked shirt – Debenhams, Green shorts – H&M, Yellow hoodie – M&S

This wouldn’t be a post on summer clothing without a mention of shorts. The campervan and checked ones can be worn out and about or for swimming, and would dry quick as a flash in the heat. Need to dress up a bit? Tailored or chino shorts, like these from Debenhams and H&M, will keep you looking smart without you overheating.


Campervan shorts – Frugi, Orange shorts – H&M, Denim shorts – H&M, Red Oxford shorts – Debenhams, Navy chino shorts – H&M, Checked shorts – Tesco

These trainers from Mango might be the best we’ve ever seen – practical, but in brilliant colours. You could also go for some hi-tops, like the blue ones from Matalan or the Converse-style ones with side zip, or go for some pull-ons like the checked sneakers. If you’re messing around near water, jellies like these from Tesco are waterproof but protect your feet.


Blue zip-up trainers – H&M, Blue hi-tops – Matalan, Multi trainers – Mango, Tiger bag – Tesco, Checked sneakers – H&M, Jelly shoes – Tesco

Keep warm while looking cool in a hoodie or summer sweater. Go smart with the Ted Baker jacket, or go for a hooded sweatshirt in your favourite colour just for knocking about. Waterproof ones are good for those summer showers, and this striped jumper from Frugi is reversible, so you get two for one!

Burgundy hoodie – H&M, Green hoodie – Debenhams, Jacket – Ted Baker, Navy jacket – Mango, Red mac – M&S, Striped reversible jumper – Frugi, Salmon gilet – Mango, Lime waterproof – Next, Orange and white jumper – M&S

What do you like wearing in summer?



Summer Clothes: Girls’ Edition

The summer holidays are coming, which means no school uniforms and a chance to wear clothes that you like! At Jump we love fun clothing that lets girls express themselves, (and climb trees!), so we’ve picked out some bits and pieces to give you some ideas. We haven’t forgotten you boys, either – check out next week’s post for the best t-shirts, shorts and shoes around.

Bikinis, tankinis… there’s some funky swimwear around at the moment. Mix and match with two piece suits like the red floral one from Debenhams, or go for a fun patterned swimsuit – M&S have some great ones. Just got out of the sea? A colourful cover-up like this towelling jumper from Monsoon will help you dry off while protecting you from the sun’s rays. All you need to do is sling on a pair of cool dip-dye shorts and some beaded sandals, and you’re good to go.


Stripy tankini – Debenhams, Star swimsuit – M&S, Floral sweatshirt – Monsoon, Shorts – Mango, Teal swimsuit- M&S, Grey polkadot swimsuit- M&S, Sandals – Monsoon

There are hundreds of tops in the shops, so why not go for one with a bit of personality? This floral one is beautiful but lightweight, and the embroidered top is perfect for protecting yourself from the sun while keeping cool. Even t-shirts aren’t so basic if they’re in a nice bright colour with a few snazzy details, like the bird and guitar tee or this sequined one from Next. Check out next week’s boys’ post too for some more t-shirt ideas.


Peach t-shirt – Tesco, Cross stitch blouse – Mango, Blue t-shirt – Frugi, Beaded top – Monsoon, Stripy top – H&M, Sequin t-shirt – Next

We all know that British weather is a bit unpredictable, but keeping warm on a grey day needn’t be dull. A jumper in mango, turquoise or even acid yellow is a great way to keep yourself feeling sunny, even if the weather outside is not. We also love this short-sleeved nautical sweater from Next. And check out the amazing sparkly parrot jumper!



Yellow jumper – Matalan, Boat jumper – Next, Parrot jumper – M&S, Heart cardigan- Next, Green jumper – Mango, Pink sweatshirt – H&M

Be as bold as you dare with bright colours and prints! These playsuits are fun and striking, and are a better bet than skirts if you’re climbing or just running around. If you’re more of a dress girl, there are tons around in every pattern you can think of – have fun choosing one that you love, whether it’s parrots, parasols,stars or stripes!



Yellow dress – Matalan, Toucan playsuit – Debenhams, Spirograph jumpsuit – Monsoon, Star dress – Next, Red mac – Tesco

Denim is hard-wearing, so good for playing outside, but it doesn’t need to be basic. Try floral, tie-dye or polkadot jeans, or go for a cool denim dress. We particularly love the banana yellow jeans – they’re the perfect summer colour!


Yellow jeans – Next, Denim jumpsuit – Matalan, Dip-dye jeans – Mango, Heart jeans – Matalan, Denim dress H&M, Floral jeans – Mango

Shoes and bags are a fun way to express yourself, but they can be practical too. Cross-body bags let you carry your book or phone around while leaving your hands free to, you know, do stuff, and trainers don’t have to be boring. You could go for full-on glitter with these amazing floral hi-tops, or be a bit more subtle with these black sporty trainers. If sandals are more your thing, the green ones are lovely and won’t fall off your feet every five minutes, and these jellies even change colour!



Jelly shoes – M&S, Black trainers – Matalan, Woven bag –Monsoon, Glitter hi-tops – M&S, Silver sneakers – H&M, Navy heart pumps – Matalan, Polkadot bag – Matalan, Green sandals – M&S, Pink star sneakers – Tesco

What do you like wearing in summer?