Day #94 Merry Christmas Thank You’s!

sara le rouxby Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District

This year was our first Christmas where Boo knew all about ‘Santa’ coming and he was so excited….. we’ve never been able to get him bathed and into bed so quickly!! How high were the excitement levels in your house?

After all the family had headed home, it was time to get some ‘Thank You’ cards written…..

What You’ll Need

  • White A4 card folded in half
  • Ink pad – we used a washable ‘child friendly’ ink
  • Sharpie markers

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I drew some balloon strings onto our cards and then we used the ink pad to create thumb print balloons.  Boo insisted that we all created a balloon – even Izzy!

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Lovely cards to give to everyone to say ‘Thank You’ for all the lovely gifts 🙂

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

Day #94 DONE! 6 to go!

Sara x

Day #93 Spin Spin Spin!

sara le rouxby Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District

Wow! I  can’t believe Christmas is over! We’ve had such a busy few days! Last minute gift shopping, lunch at our favourite Ice Cream Parlour (Yummy Yorkshire!) and then racing around to drop off flowers at Gram’s and Nana’s before heading home to sprinkle our reindeer food on the garden and get ready for bed! Father Christmas came and delivered lots of lovely pressies and we had lots of fun playing with all the great gifts.

Phew! Just about recovering now.

With just a short downtime this afternoon, I decided to show Boo a really quick make that was a lot of fun!

What You’ll Need

  • Milk bottle tops – the plastic ones – with a hole drilled through the middle so that a cocktail stick just fits through
  • Cocktail sticks
  • White/Blue Tac
  • Pony Beads
  • Scissors

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Slide a cocktail stick through a small ball of white tac and then through the middle of the milk bottle top.  Add a bead to the top and then snap off the pointy end of the cocktail stick from the top part of the spinner.

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Ta Dah!

Spinny!

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Merry Christmas Eve Everyone!!!

Day #93 DONE! 7 to go!

Sara x

 

Day #92 Leaving On A Jet Plane…

sara le rouxby Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District

We are now half way through the pre-school holidays and Boo was clearly in need of something to focus his energies on….Daddy to the rescue!!

We seem to have lots of the inner rolls from wrapping paper left over at the moment – no idea why!  Some of these are hard cardboard tubes that are perfect for ‘sword’ fighting and others are like a really thick paper which is apparently perfect for a giant origami make with Daddy!

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Draw, Draw, Fold, Fold….What’s it going to be??

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Ta Dah!

 

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Soooooo much fun from this activity – Boo refused to put the plane down all afternoon and spent ages practising with his flying jet plane – with the sound effects added by Boo too!

The simplest things quite often get the best results!!!

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Activity Time: 5 minutes – ALL DAY PLAY!!

Day #92 DONE! 8 to go!

Sara x

Day #91 The Arty Party

sara le rouxby Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District

Last week we had our Creation Station Christmas ‘Arty Parties’!

I had been looking forward to these for ages and to make it extra special Boo was coming too! He doesn’t often get to see Mummy at work as he is at pre-school when I run my weekly classes, so I love it when the holiday’s come around and he gets to come with me to the sessions and create!

Today we were hosting a Christmas version of the birthday parties that we do. ….party bags, party games, music, arty makes, Christmas goodies…2 hours of fabulous crafty fun! 🙂

I didn’t get much time to take photos of Boo making his Christmas goodies with Grams but I’m sure you’ll get the idea…..

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Wonderful photo frames, shiny crowns. sparkly key rings, festive decorations and more!

Prep Time: Don’t Ask! Prepping for over 35 children takes FOREVER!

Activity Time: 2 hours!

Day 91 DONE! 9 to go!

Sara x

Fancy a fun, creative birthday party for your child?  Every child gets to take home their creations and we take away all the stress of cleaning up the mess from the activities. There are a range of party packages available just ask your local Creation Station franchise owner.

Day #90 Mess-Free Finger Painting

sara le rouxby Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District

Izzy and Boo are really starting to enjoy playing together.  Izzy has reached the point where she now has the physical ability to actively join in with Boo’s energetic antics which is so lovely to watch.

I wanted to get some paint out for them to play with today, but couldn’t face the clean-up for two tiny explorers.  The perfect solution – mess free finger-painting!

What You’ll Need

  • Resealable plastic bags – something like ‘Zip-Loc’
  • Paint – whatever colours you like
  • Shaving foam
  • Masking tape

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This was a really straightforward activity which was also cleaned up in less than a minute!

We poured a bit of each colour into one of the resealable bags making sure there was a gap between each ‘blob’ of colour.  In the other bag we sprayed some shaving foam.  If you wanted to, you could even add some glitter to the shaving foam to make it sparkle!

Both bags were masking taped to the mat – making sure the ends were sealed properly and folded over before they were taped down (just in case!).

Time to let Izzy and Boo explore….

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They squidged and poked at the bags, mixing the colours together and moving the shaving foam around.  Izzy enjoyed looking at the colours as they mixed together and Boo really liked flattening the shaving foam.

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When we were done I simply pulled up the bags and threw them away.  You could always save them to use again though, and maybe even add extra colours to the bag…

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #90 DONE! 10 to go!

Sara x

Day #89 Water Doodles

sara le rouxby Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District

Something that I pull out quite regularly for Boo to play with is our ‘Aqua Doodle’.  It’s a fab activity for when you want to let your little one be creative and messy, but don’t want to deal with the actual ‘mess’.

Izzy is only just getting into holding pens and paintbrushes, so has never really had a play with our ‘doodle mat’ – no time like the present! 🙂

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Boo is now able to fill his own ‘doodle pen’ with water which is quite useful since a lot of the time he will sit and doodle, and then also suck the water from the pen!

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Izzy was very intrigued with her pen and kept making big swirls across the mat.  I loved that even when she decided to draw all over herself, there was no stress for me as it’s just water.

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When the mat was covered we simply left it out to dry and our ‘canvas’ magically erased ready for next time…

Prep Time: 0 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Day #89 DONE! 11 to go!

Sara x

 

 

Day #88 Frosty The Bauble

sara le rouxby Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District

It’s Izzy’s first year of being mobile and also very much aware of the twinkly, glittery Christmas tree in our living room.  We weren’t sure if she would pull the tree down or be scared of it…..

It actually turns out that her favourite game EVER is to have us all playing musical baubles!

Izzy takes them off the tree, Boo chases her down, puts them back on the tree and then Mummy ends up re-arranging the decorations so that they aren’t all hanging off one branch!

Since the baubles keep coming off the tree I thought that we should decorate one…

What You’ll Need

  • Bauble – Boo picked one off our Christmas tree
  • White paint – we used Crayola washable
  • Black & Red/Orange marker pen – we used ‘Sharpie’

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We painted Boo’s thumb and printed a lovely snowman shape onto the bauble.

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When it was dry, Mummy got a bit creative with the marker pens……

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Boo then decided it was time Mummy got her hands very painty for some prints….I gave him the paint brush back and after putting the camera away let him loose on my hands…..oh dear!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Day #88 DONE! 12 to go!

Sara x