Safer Sleep Awareness Week

What is safer sleep week?trust babies

The Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for bereaved families and anyone affected by a sudden infant death

They have taken to social media with #safersleepweek to spread awareness.

What is S.I.D.S.?

‘Sudden Infant Death’ is the term used to describe the sudden and unexpected death of a baby that is initially unexplained.  ‘Cot death’ was a term that was used in the past to describe the sudden and unexpected death of an infant. It has largely been abandoned, due to its misleading suggestions that sudden infant death can only occur when a baby is asleep in their own cot, which we know to be untrue.

Tips-for-Safer-Sleeping-Lullaby-trustSo how can we prevent this from happening?

The Lullaby Trust have shared a video on the do’s and don’ts for your babies sleep.

Want to get involved?Safe

If you want to get involved, please contact The Lullaby Trust.

If you are already getting involved in an event this week, we would love to see your photos of support. Please upload your images with #creationstation to our Facebook or our Twitter.

Find your local #creationstation Baby Discover class to inspire you and your baby.

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 #85 Baby Art!

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

Izzy was a happy bunny today.  What better time to get her suited up and get messy!

What You’ll Need

  • Large canvas
  • Paint – we used Crayola washable
  • Card shapes – we used hearts and stars
  • Masking tape
  • Fluffy brush
  • Marker pen
  • Decoration – sequins, glitter glue etc

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I used some masking tape to attach the card shapes to the canvas and poured the paint into dishes ready to use.  Wet cloth at the ready…..

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Izzy loves paint!

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She swirled it around with her fingers and started to make marks on the canvas.

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Fluffy brush painting!

We switched colours halfway through……

When she was done we had a quick clean up and pulled the card shapes off the canvas.  When the canvas was dry I added a bit of ‘Mummy Sparkle’ and it was done!

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Fabulous!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Activity Time: 20 minutes

Day #85 DONE! 15 to go!

Sara x

Day #63 Germ Central!

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

Our home has officially been invaded by the dreaded cold lurgy! Both kids have now been struck down with awful, fuzzy colds.  Izzy is generally coping fairly well and still manages to play a bit, but Boo just wants to lay on the sofa under his blanket and be cuddled 😦

So whilst Boo was napping on the sofa I decided to spend some time with Izzy developing her creative skills.  I dug out an ‘iron-on crayon’ set that we were given a while ago.  Izzy has begun to show an interest in crayons and really loves making marks on paper.  I thought that it would be nice to capture the moment in a bit of a different way…

There are many different products like this available from any good art and craft retailer but the one we’d been given contained the crayons, tracing paper and doodle sheet (plus instructions).

 

 

imageThe kit was very straightforward and we got down to drawing our picture.  Izzy was having great fun trying to make marks on the tracing paper but the crayons were actually quite solid.  You needed to press quite hard to draw anything so instead she decided to hand me her colour choices each time and let me do the work! – whilst she also tried to eat the crayons – oops!

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When we were done with our doodling I grabbed one of Izzy’s white onesies and used a hot iron to fix the crayon picture to it.

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Definitely one to keep!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #63 DONE! 37 to go!

Sara x

Day #60 Merry Mistletoes by The Incredible Hulk (a.k.a Izzy)

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

So I just couldn’t resist…….we had more cards to make and Izzy was very cheery this afternoon!

What You’ll Need

  • Card – whatever colour you like
  • Paint – we used green Crayola washable
  • Sponge & Dish
  • Marker pen – whatever colour you like 🙂

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Wet cloth at the ready….!

Once again we squidged little toddler toes into the painty sponge – this time she was ready for me though and the hands went in too – oops!

Izzy looked a bit like the Incredible Hulk – unfortunately there are no photos I’m afraid as I was trying to fend her off from happily painting me too – there were huge squeals of delight as she tried to chase me around the room with her painty hands!

Eeeeek!

So after lots of giggles we got cleaned up a bit and got back on track with our cards….

We had pre-folded our cards into an A5 size again and placed them on the counter ready to be printed on.

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Ta Dah!

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Very Merry Mistletoes! (and a very happy memory)

Cards done!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #60 DONE! 40 to go!

Sara x

 

 

Original tutorial found on Pinterest (by Kailee Smith)

Day #59 Creative Christmas Cards

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

Next on our ‘to do’ list is Christmas cards!

When it comes to our children I will always insist that they make their Christmas cards to give to our extended family – until they reach their teens anyway and then it’s up to them 🙂

Receiving any sort of present is just wonderful, but the ones I love the most are the homemade ones.  I know just how busy people are and to receive something that they have taken time out of their hectic lives to make just for me makes me love and appreciate it so much more.

So Izzy…..time we got those ‘tooties’ out and made our first lot of Christmas cards!!

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What You’ll Need

  • Card – whatever colour you like
  • Paint – we used brown Crayola washable
  • Sponge & Dish
  • Wiggly eyes x 2
  • Red collage item – sequin, pom pom, gemstone etc – using a red felt tip would also work just as well
  • PVA glue or glue stick
  • Black or brown marker pen

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We used our ‘tried and tested’ method of how to prepare paint for handprints or footprints.  You can of course simply use a paintbrush to get the paint onto a child’s hand or foot, but by using a sponge you just seem to get a more even coverage, create less mess and even use less paint – plus who doesn’t like squidging their feet into a painty sponge 🙂

We had pre-folded our card into an A5 size and placed them on the counter ready to be printed on – make sure you have a wet cloth handy to wipe painty baby feet afterwards otherwise you may end up covered in it!

Ta Dah!

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2 perfect footprints ready for decorating……..

Hey Ruldoph!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #59 DONE! 41 to go!

Sara x

Day #56 Squishy Squashy!

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

So we’ve been quite focused on actual ‘makes’ for a while that I thought we’d just go back to basics today and explore…..

I grabbed my bag of air-dry clay, a splash suit and off we went!

We squished our clay, added some water, and just played…..we rolled the clay and made strange shapes out of it.

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“Squish Mummy!”

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Izzy was very intrigued with the squidgy grey stuff and kept poking it with her fingers and trying to put her feet in it.

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Boo wanted to do footprints and use a paintbrush and glue spreader to make marks in the clay…..

 

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The aim was never to actually ‘make’ anything today.………just memories 🙂

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Day #56 DONE! 44 to go!

Sara x