Day #31 Fluffy Ghosts!

by Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at sara le rouxThe Creation Station Penistone and District

I love Halloween and can’t wait until next year when we will start taking Boo out ‘Trick or Treating’.  Until then, we always sit on our sofa with the curtains open watching everyone call at all the houses and listening to Boo squeal with delight each time our doorbell goes.

This year we have decided to decorate the front door of our house so we really need to start thinking about what we are going to use.  Spooky fluffy ghosts maybe……..

What You’ll Need

  • 1 x A4 white card
  • Black card – just some small leftovers will do
  • Cotton wool
  • PVA glue (& spreader)
  • Scissors

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I very roughly cut out the shape of a ghost from the A4 white card and let Boo get on with sticking the cotton wool on.  He loved the way the cotton wool kept sticking to his fingers and spent ages just pulling it apart.

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I’m really impressed at how far he has progressed in just a few weeks in terms of his ability to sit and concentrate on our activities.  Whenever I ask him if he wants to make something he runs off and fetches his splash suit shouting “Make, Mummy, Make!”

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When he had covered the card, we used the leftover black card to cut out two eye shapes and a mouth and then glued those to our spooky creation too…

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Ta Dah! Fluffy Ghost!

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Definitely one for the front door on Halloween!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #31 DONE! 69 to go!

Sara x

Day #30 Creepy Critters

by Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at sara le rouxThe Creation Station Penistone and District

It was lovely getting creative with Izzy yesterday for ‘Baby BOO!’ but right before we headed upstairs for bath time, Boo came running in shouting “Make, Mummy, Make!”  As fab as it was to see him so excited and wanting to do something creative, the minor meltdown he had when I explained that Izzy had already made something with Mummy – WAS NOT!

Oh No!

There’s a ‘Mummy Lesson’ learnt :(

He’d spotted Izzy’s spooky footprints and kept asking to “Paint, Mummy, Paint!” So today when it came to ‘make time’ off we went to find our paint!

What You’ll Need

  • Black paint – we used Crayola washable
  • Card
  • Sponge
  • Plate
  • Wiggly Eyes – we used self-adhesive ones

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So following the method we used yesterday in ‘Baby BOO!’ and on Day #9 ‘Butterfly Baby’, we got the sponge all painty and ready to use.

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Boo put one hand onto the sponge and got it all covered in the black paint before placing it onto the card.  We wiped his hand and repeated the process with the other hand, placing it opposite the first hand print.

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“Oooooh paint Mummy!”

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We left it to dry whilst we had some dinner and then added our wiggly eyes!

Ta Dah!

Very Creepy Critters!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 5 minutes

Day #30 DONE! 70 to go!

Sara x

Day #29 Baby BOO!

by Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at sara le rouxThe Creation Station Penistone and District

Boo was happily playing with his train set this evening so I thought Izzy might enjoy a bit of creative time with Mummy.  Time for some spooky baby feet!

What You’ll Need

  • White paint – we used Crayola washable
  • Card – whatever colour you like
  • Black marker pen
  • Sponge
  • Plate

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Just like in Day #9 ‘Butterfly Baby’ we poured some paint onto the plate and squished the sponge on top before turning it over – ready to get messy!

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Izzy enjoyed squidging her feet onto the painty sponge before we placed them both onto the card side by side.  A quick wipe of the feet and Izzy was off to play again.

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I let the paint dry for about 30 minutes and then used the marker pen to draw the spooky faces!

Ta Dah! Very Spooky!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 5 minutes

Top Tip! – Have some wet wipes or a damp cloth handy to wipe your baby’s feet – or do the activity just before bath time :)

Day #29 DONE! 71 to go!

Sara x

Day #28 Wizarding Willow

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

So Boo is not quite old enough to begin learning all about the wonderful world of Harry Potter yet (sooooo cannot wait for that!) but I can certainly help him along with a wizardy willow wand of his own!

Willow is lovely for crafting and honestly not that hard to work with once you get the hang of it.  You don’t need to be able to create baskets (I wish I could!) to enjoy some simple activities with this bendy material.

What You’ll Need

  • Willow – this can be bought at many art & craft retailers, online and HERE – alternatively you can also buy pre-made willow shapes to decorate (stars etc)
  • Pipe Cleaners – at least two
  • Beads – to thread onto the pipe cleaners
  • Strips of netting/material/ribbon – whatever you have in your stash to decorate your wand

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I had already pre-made the willow wand by soaking the stick and then bending one end into a star shape.  There are lots of videos online about willow weaving if you want to learn how to do it.

Boo is getting really good at threading now (yay!) so I attached a pipe cleaner to the bottom of the star and off he went…

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When he had added enough beads we wound it around the star and started another pipe cleaner.  With the star all decorated Boo chose some netting strips to add to the wand and we were done…SIMPLE!

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Poor Izzy did not like her older brother using some old magic words on her…..Izzy Wizzy Lets Get Busy! (remember The Sooty Show anyone?) :)

Prep Time: 5 minutes (not including making the star)

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #28 DONE! 72 to go!

Sara x

Day #27 ‘Spider Boy’

by Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at sara le rouxThe Creation Station Penistone and District

Halloween is getting closer and I’m playing about with ideas for our Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ that we are hosting on the 31 October.  I knew that this ‘make’ would be a winner for Boo as it is all about his favourite creature…..SPIDERS!

What You’ll Need

  • 2 x A3 Black Card or Sugar Paper
  • Wiggly Eyes (preferably self-adhesive ones to avoid using glue) – as many as you want your creepy critter to have
  • Double-sided sticky tape
  • Scissors

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I prepped the card so that we could get straight on with our creation.

Cut one of the sheets of card in half (length ways) so that you have two long pieces that can be joined together with double-sided tape and then sized on your little ones head to eventually make a crown-like hat – don’t make the final join yet as you need to be able to lay the card flat on the table for your child to decorate.

Cut the second piece of card into long strips – about an inch wide.

After I had sized the crown on Boo’s head I laid it on the table and asked him how many eyes the spider should have – and then gave him a pile of wiggly eyes!

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When Boo had finishing covering the card with eyes I joined the two ends together and made a big crown shape.

‘Kiiiiiiing Mummy!’

Next we started on our ‘legs’.  We folded each long strip of card into a big concertina shape – I would fold the strip over and Boo would press down each edge so that we got a nice clean fold.  When we had folded up the whole strip of card we let it spring back out again.

‘Boing! Boing! Mummy!’

We put some double-sided tape at one end before securing it to the inside rim of the crown.  We kept on repeating this until we had filled the top of our crown with ‘legs’.

Ta Dah! Spider Boy!!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #27 DONE! 73 to go!

Sara x

 

Original tutorial found on fantasticfunandlearning.com

Day #26 Pasta Pearls

by Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at sara le rouxThe Creation Station Penistone and District

I was looking at different activities to do with Boo when my mum suggested that I make a pasta necklace with him.  I made so many pieces of ‘jewellery’ for her when I was little but somewhere along the way I had completely forgotten! Such a simple activity that used to occupy me for ages! Apparently I’d make her wear her ‘precious jewels’ wherever we went – she claims she wore them out in public but I’m not so sure I believe that…… :)

What You’ll Need

  • Pasta – we used penne tubes (uncooked) as they are a little bit bigger and easier to thread
  • String – we used thin parcel twine
  • A large button – to tie on one end to stop all the ‘beads’ falling off before you can finish the necklace

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I decided that we would get comfy for this activity so we hit the sofa with a bowl of pasta and the string.  Boo got straight into the activity threading tubes of pasta onto the string.  Each time one dropped down to the button I heard a little squeal from him :)

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When we were finished I tied the two ends of the string together and voila!

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Boo now refuses to take his necklace off and I’ve only had to repair it once after he and Izzy got into a wrestling match over who got to wear it! :)

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #26 DONE 74 to go!

Sara x