Salty Sam’s Fun Blog for Children

Number 243

Henry’s Playroom


Hello Everyone



Well, last week l told you l was off to see Bill and Bob because they had some exciting news they wanted to tell me.


And now l know all about it, l can tell you.


But let me start at the beginning of the story…


The tourist season is well and truly over here in Rocky Bay.


The businesses in town that rely on tourists for most of their yearly income have a chance to tidy up and recover from the hundreds of summer visitors they have welcomed over the summer months.


And then they need to get ready for the Christmas shoppers and visitors that come in from the surrounding countryside.


Henry’s mum and dad are no exception.


Their chip shop did a roaring trade this summer and now they have a chance to catch up with themselves.


They had a lot of tidying up to do and in the process went up into the attic to see how much storage space they had up there.


lt really turned out to be an enormous space indeed – and it got Henry’s dad thinking about an idea.


After he had discussed it with Henry’s mum they both discussed it with Henry.


Then Henry went rushing down the back lane to tell Bill and Bob his good news.  He could hardly contain his excitement.


Henry has a very small bedroom.  He has had it since his family moved into the Rocky Bay Chip Shop.


Because the room is so small, it is easier for him to go to Bill and Bob’s house to play than it is for them to go to his.


But now Henry’s parents have decided to turn the large attic space they have into a playroom for Henry and his friends. 


They said that when he is older he can have his bed up there and turn it into a teenage pad.  Then they might be able to use Henry’s bedroom as a home office or spare bedroom for when relatives come to stay.


Henry’s mum and dad are often busy working so they told him he can take on the job of designing the new room and deciding what he would want it to look like.


Henry is just so excited he has been talking about nothing else since the decision was made!


When he has decided what he wants to do with his new room, his parents will contact Reckitt and Stackett the Rocky Bay builders so that they can get to work on the renovations.


The first thing Henry did was draw the dimensions of the room out onto squared paper.  His dad had given him the measurements.


Then he cut out little paper shapes representing the furniture he would like to have in the room so that he can plan where he would like to put everything.  lt is easier to move round paper shapes than furniture!


He decided that he would need a table and chairs to sit with his friends and perhaps a large table as well to set models up on.  He would need a soft colourful rug put in the middle of the floor and he would definitely need loads of cupboard space for toys.


Then he thought that maybe he should take up a musical instrument like the guitar or drums so that he can have jamming sessions up there when he was older.


His parents were not so sure.


He got some large metal tins from the kitchen and turned them upside down to make a makeshift drum kit.


He wanted to see if he had the natural rhythm needed to become a drummer.


His parents were not so impressed.


They said he should probably just concentrate on his plans for the playroom for now.


Work has already started as l write.



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Salty Sam





Bill and Bob’s Joke of the Weekjokejoke


Bill: Did you hear about the silly boy who bought himself a set of tools because everyone kept telling him that he had a screw loose? 


Bob: Tee hee hee! 



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This week Bill and Bob’s mum made a puzzle for them.  They found it stuck on their bedroom door when they came home from Henry’s house.

If you do this puzzle, you will see what the message was…

Draw a column of boxes – it should be three boxes across and twenty-six boxes down.

Answer the questions and put one letter in each box.


  1. an animal that lives in a sty
  2. the past tense of the verb to lie
  3. part of a grain stalk
  4. stands for ‘also known as’
  5. juice in a plant
  6. a tall tree that is now rarely seen after it was struck by disease in the 1970s
  7. to wear under a shirt collar
  8. a plant that creeps up walls
  9. a substance to colour cloth
  10. still/however
  11. to agree, to affirm
  12. a long serious poem
  13. to employ for a purpose
  14. the edge of something
  15. to decay
  16. the part of a word that means eight
  17. opposite to on
  18. a chart to help to find your way around
  19. a piece of advice
  20. between you waist and legs
  21. opposite to subtract
  22. scold
  23. short sleep
  24. a wild shaggy-haired ox
  25. a tree whose Latin name is Quercus
  26. a part of a word that means one



Meanwhile at Emily’s house, she was busy making her doll a new sweater.  Auntie Alice had given her some yarn left over from knitting her a jumper and Emily wanted her doll to have one in the same yarn.

Auntie Alice made the doll sweater pattern up for her so that she would not go wrong.

You need to be able to do the knit stitch and the purl stitch to be able to make this sweater.






Using 4mm knitting needles and red dk yarn cast on 14 stitches

Purl 1 row

Purl 1 row

Knit 1 row

Knit 1 row


Knit 20 rows of stocking stitch


Purl 1 row

Purl 1 row

Knit 1 row

Knit 1 row


Cast off



Using 4mm knitting needles and red dk yarn cast on 12 stitches

Purl 1 row

Purl 1 row

Knit 1 row

Knit 1 row


Knit 20 rows of stocking stitch

Cast off



  1. With right sides together and using over-sew stitching
  2. Sew up just the ends of the tops of the front and back with one stitch to create small shoulder seams so that you can create a scoop neck
  3. Sew the tops of the sleeves to the shoulders
  4. Sew under arm and side seams




And a quick note about Pinterest…

I have over 21,000 followers on Pinterest and my account has now been set up so that it is very difficult for me to follow back.

I have always made a point of following my followers back from when the account was first set up.

So if you follow me on Pinterest and I am unable to follow you back, I want to say here that I am very sorry.

It is not that I don’t want to.






Quick Quiz


What do these expressions mean?


  1. To play it safe
  2. To play your cards right
  3. Child’s play
  4. Won’t play ball
  5. A level playing field







lt’s the Weekend!




This basket is useful for holding a few little things that you want to put on a shelf or in a drawer.




Using 4mm knitting needles and yellow DK yarn cast on 30 stitches

Knit 2 rows (garter stitch)


K1 p1 to end of row

Repeat this rib row 19 times (20 rows of 1 x 1 rib)


K1 row, p 1 row (this is the top end)

Cast off



Using 4mm knitting needles and yellow DK yarn cast on 30 stitches

Knit 2 rows (garter stitch)


K1 p1 to end of row

Repeat this rib row 19 times (20 rows of 1 x 1 rib)


Knit 2 rows (garter stitch)

Cast off



Using 4mm knitting needles and yellow DK yarn cast on 22 stitches

Knit 2 rows (garter stitch)


K1 p1 to end of row

Repeat this rib row 19 times (20 rows of 1 x 1 rib)


K1 row, p 1 row (this is the top end)

Cast off



Sew the bottom of each side to the base and then sew up the corners

Use over-sew stitch and sew wrong sides together



Please note that the material on this blog is for personal use and for use in classrooms only.

It is a copyright infringement and, therefore, illegal under international law to sell items made with these patterns.

Use of the toys and projects is at your own risk.

©Christina Sinclair Designs 2015sand



Answers to the News Desk Quiz


  1. PIG
  2. LAY
  3. EAR
  4. AKA
  5. SAP
  6. ELM
  7. TIE
  8. IVY
  9. DYE
  10. YET
  11. YES
  12. ODE
  13. USE
  14. RIM
  15. ROT
  16. OCT
  17. OFF
  18. MAP
  19. TIP
  20. HIP
  21. ADD
  22. NAG
  23. KIP
  24. YAK
  25. OAK
  26. UNI





Quick Quiz Answers


  1. To play it safe – to be careful
  2. To play your cards right – to do the right thing to obtain an outcome that you want
  3. Child’s play – something that is very easy to do
  4. Won’t play ball – won’t get involved with a project
  5. A level playing field – a situation where two opponents have the same opportunity to win in a situation





An elm tree has a distinctive shape

There aren’t too many places where you can find them now

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