Day #82 Not many sleeps to go!

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

Boo is getting very excited.  This is the first year that he has any understanding of what Christmas is all about.  Even with his limited knowledge he is getting all worked up at the thought of ‘Santa’ coming and getting presents! – Although I’m not sure if there are any 3 year olds that wouldn’t get excited about the thought of presents :)

Today’s activity was something that we’d been putting off for a little while as we knew that we were going to have our work cut out with Izzy.

Christmas Tree!

I love decorating our Christmas tree.  Our decorations reflect the years that have gone by with ornaments such as Boo and Izzy’s ‘1st Xmas’, alongside the beaded wire penguin that we picked up whilst we were visiting family in Cape Town during December.  A lot of our ornaments have a story that goes with them and I love that this will continue to grow as time moves on.

This year we decided that Boo was ready to help decorate the tree…..

He got so excited!

Tinsel, Baubles & Lights Oh My!

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He was doing really well……adding the baubles one by one….

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Even Izzy decided to add her current favourite toy to decorate the tree – an old Nokia phone!

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There’s nothing like getting all creative with your Christmas tree to get you in the festive mood :)

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Day #82 DONE! 18 to go!

Sara x

Day #81 Loop de Loop

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

Today was a special day….it was Boo’s first Christmas concert at pre-school.  I have jaw ache from smiling so much and he did amazingly well with only a few tears when he spotted Mummy and Izzy in the audience but wasn’t allowed to come and see us :(

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By the time we’d been out with Nana for lunch (which also involved a very large piece of lemon drizzle cake for Boo) we arrived home pretty tired.  I thought that it would be nice to keep things low-key, (calm!) pop on a Christmassy cartoon and do a quiet activity.

What You’ll Need

Paper strips, plus glue (or sellotape) – I was very lazy with this one and found a paper chain kit in one of the pound shops that had self-adhesive strips to close the loops – loving the no-mess factor today!

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This was a great activity as it got Boo to sit and concentrate whilst he created his trailing decoration – even Izzy joined in too!

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This will probably take a few sessions as its slow going for a 3 year old…….hopefully it’ll be finished by Christmas! :)

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Prep Time: 2 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Day #81 DONE! 19 to go!

Sara x

Day #80 Party! Party! Party!

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

I love playgroups!

They are an absolute lifesaver for mums and dads who are looking to meet other families, enjoy some time out of the house and let their little ones burn off some energy.

Over the last few years we have been to many different playgroups, all slightly different in terms of days, times, activities, age ranges and all of them have been a lot of fun!

Our absolute favourite has to be the one that started last summer in the village where I grew up – Greenmoor.  It’s such a small village that you can’t help but be drawn into the community and get involved in just about everything that goes on – in our childhood it was lovely things like pantomimes, potato picking and staying out all day on our BMX’s.

The Greenmoor playgroup on Thursdays is just awesome.  Attended mainly by the younger age ranges (which is perfect for Izzy who has just started to toddle around) it has such a welcoming atmosphere and the organisers work tirelessly each week to deliver a stress free time for mum’s, dad’s and grandparent’s with even a buffet of snacks thrown in – for just £2!

This week it was the Christmas party!

Last year’s party was so much fun with party games, food and a visit from Father Christmas himself! Unfortunately Izzy was still asleep half the time last December, so this year it was her turn to enjoy the festivities – and manage a Christmassy make too!

You’ll never guess what we got to do……

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Just needs her gold, frankincense or myrrh!

Apart from Mummy handing her the sticky-backed decorations this was definitely an Izzy make – Mummy wasn’t allowed to help!!

Every day she’s getting a little bit more independent….time certainly does fly!

Day #80 DONE! 20 to go!

Sara x

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Day #79 Splatter Painting!

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

Boo is already losing his steam this week and we are seeing typical behaviour of a tired, cranky pre-schooler.  It’s been a hectic week with Mummy working two ‘Arty Parties’ last weekend, the last week of our ‘Scrunchy, Crunchy, Bubbly Term’ and rehearsals for Boo’s Christmas concert – he’s not the only one who needs a nap!

I figured that today’s make should be messy, fun and above all fairly quick.  As much as I want to keep our challenge going, I don’t want to create a negative feeling about our creative times :)

What You’ll Need

  • Cardboard box
  • Elastic/rubber band
  • Paint – we used Crayola washable
  • Paper – cut so that it fits inside the box

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Wrap your elastic/rubber bands around your box so that they are tight but not stretched too much.

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Smear the elastic with paint and then let your little one loose!

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TWANG!

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Boo could not believe his eyes!

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Fab activity – imagine the results if you used a really big box and loads of different colours!

Definitely one to repeat when Boo has more energy :)

Day #79 DONE! 21 to go!

Sara x

Day #78 Target Practice!

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

Boo was totally hyper today!

After a very brief nap when he got home from pre-school he was fully charged like the energizer bunny and there was no way I was getting him to sit down and focus on a table-based activity.

Quick re-think!

I have a stack of plastic cups in our spare room that are waiting for our Christmas ‘Arty Party’ on the 22nd December.  I grabbed 6 of those, some sticky dots and a pair of balled up socks.  If I can’t get Boo to sit down, maybe we could get a little bit creative and work on developing his motor skills at the same time.

What You’ll Need

  • Plastic cups x 6
  • Sticky dots – or even a marker pen
  • Pair of socks (rolled up) – or a plastic ball would also work – it’s just not as squidgy for indoor play!

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We managed to get two cups decorated with faces before Boo got way too excited and wanted to try to stack all the cups.

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We practiced building our cup tower a couple of times before I showed Boo what our activity was all about.

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He got very excited – if that was even more possible today!

We counted down each time before he threw the ‘ball’ and then kept working our way backwards across the room to see how far he could throw – and aim!

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Even ‘Rabbit’ had a turn :)

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Our activity carried on for about 25 minutes before we had to stop.  Izzy had teamed up with Daddy and they were running interference trying to block our throws.  We had great fun until Izzy a.k.a ‘Godzuki The Destroyer’ decided to go on the rampage, crush the cups and then roll around on them (just to make sure)! Ha ha!

A fun activity for a pair of hyper little bunnies!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 25 minutes

Day #78 DONE! 22 to go!

Sara x

Day #77 O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!

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

We’ve been so busy doing Christmas themed activities in our classes over the last few weeks…I thought that Boo might like to do one of them today.

So until we put our own Christmas tree up this weekend, I decided that Boo should create a festive painty masterpiece to hang on our wall.

What You’ll Need

  • Green paint – we used Crayola washable
  • Gold paint – just because it looked so Christmassy :)
  • A3 white card
  • Paint brushes, dabbers and pots
  • PVA glue & spreader
  • Sequins – definitely Christmas themed!
  • Shiny paper – for your star tree topper

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This was a lovely activity to do together.  We painted a big green Christmas tree onto the card using paint brushes and sponge dabbers, and then added some lovely gold paint – very shiny!

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Lots of sequins and sparkly bits all topped off with our silver Christmas star…….

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Ta Dah!

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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, How lovely are your branches….

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #77 DONE! 23 to go!

Sara x