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

Day #25 P is for…..

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

So once again we are catching up on our ‘Letter of the Week’ from pre-school.  Boo is really getting into his activity sheets now so today we are looking at letter ‘P’.

What You’ll Need

  • Parrot template – we used the one that you can download from HERE
  • Felt tip pens – we used Crayola washable markers
  • PVA glue (and glue spreader)
  • Feathers
  • A clothes peg
  • Double sided sticky tape & scissors

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Boo didn’t want to do the colouring by himself today so I got to join in with making our parrot a bit more tropical!

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Add some feathers……’tickle tickle Mummy!’ – Eurgh gluey feathers in the face :(

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Put a bit of double-sided tape along the clothes peg and then attach it horizontally to the back of ‘Polly’ – that way your little one can wear their parrot – very piratey!

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‘Carrot Mummy!’ – Hmmm still need to work on the P,P,P….Parrot!

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Activity Time: 15 minutes

Day #25 DONE! 75 to go!

Sara x

 

Day #24 Twinkle Twinkle

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

Boo has always loved stars and points them out wherever we go.  I’d like to say that we often sing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ together, but whenever I start to sing Boo puts his hands over his ears and shouts ‘Nooooooo Mummy!’ – Thanks Boo :)

So sequins at the ready…..

What You’ll Need

  • Black Card
  • PVA Glue
  • Sequins – stars ideally
  • Glitter

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We used the PVA glue to create a swirling night sky…..’squeeeeeze Mummy!’.

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I then let a very excited Boo shower his sky with sparkly silver glitter (don’t forget to use a tray to shake the excess glitter off into!).

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Our last task was to add our twinkly sequin stars!

Sparkle-Tastic!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #24 DONE! 76 to go!

Sara x

Day #23 Catching The Sun

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

Today’s activity was suggested to me by the lovely Carol Jackson of The Creation Station West Berkshire – Thanks Carol!

I’ve come to realise that Boo loves playing with sticky glue more than paint sometimes so this activity was definitely going to win me some Mummy ‘Brownie Points’.

What You’ll Need

  • PVA Glue
  • Food Colouring – as many colours as you like
  • Dropper
  • Cocktail Sticks
  • Jar Lid – I used the inside of an empty peanut butter jar lid but something like the lid of a ‘Pringles’ tub would work just as well

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Boo was very happy to get his hands on the whole bottle of glue again (will definitely need to start hiding it soon!) and we squeezed until there was a layer in the bottom of the jar lid.

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Next I helped Boo to drop a little bit of each colour of the food colouring into the glue – definitely not a task for an excited pre-schooler to attempt alone! :)

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I gave Boo a cocktail stick and we swirled the colours together in a lovely spidery web.  The key to this activity is definitely encouraging your little one to work on their self-control skills so that you don’t end up with a sludgy coloured sun catcher.

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When we’d finished creating swirly patterns we popped our creation (still in the lid) onto the window sill – a couple of days to dry (and go clear) and then we’ll pop it out and hang it up – update to follow!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes (plus drying time)

Safety Tip: Be sure to keep an eye on your little one when they are using the sharp cocktail sticks to swirl the colours

Day #23 DONE! 77 to go!

Sara x

Original tutorial from babbledabbledo.com

Day #22 Foamy Fun!

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

We recently visited the Elsecar Heritage Centre whilst they were holding one of their Art & Craft Fairs.  These events (hosted by Script Events) are wonderful and full of lovely items to buy (and this time even make!) whilst you are there.  On this particular visit I picked up something that I have never seen before – Foam Clay!

This fantastic fluorescent material is self-hardening and made from tiny beads of clay coated with colour.  It can be moulded into all sorts of shapes and also pressed onto surfaces to decorate them.

We picked up three different colours of clay and since I have some Arty Birthday Parties coming up I have quite a good supply of our paper mache boxes at the moment.  I thought that one of these boxes would make a lovely trinket box for Boo to decorate.

What You’ll Need

  • Foam Clay – available from many art & craft suppliers
  • Paper mache box – or even an old cardboard or wooden box that you wish to cover
  • Decorations – we used acrylic gemstones

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Boo was totally mesmerised by the clay and kept stretching it out and rolling it back up again.  The only way to describe this substance is sort of like bubble gum mixed with couscous – which sounds a lot worse than it is – honest!  It looks like it should feel wet and sticky but it’s totally dry – perfect for when you want a ‘no-mess’ activity.

The beauty of this clay is that you just squish and mould it together to form shapes, and then simply press it onto whatever surface you are using.  For Boo it was ideal as we didn’t have to worry about glue, water or tape and we could create the shapes together before pushing them onto our box.

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When we had covered the lid of the box, Boo added some ‘bling’ and then all we had to do was put it to one side to dry – 24 hours later it would be hard!

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Ta Dah! Stunning!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Safety Tip: Although the clay looks very edible, be sure to keep an eye on your little one in case they decide to snack on it! :)

Day 22 DONE! 78 to go!

Sara x

Day #21 Sticky Salt

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

I was just about to gather up the materials for today’s activity when something caught my eye on my Facebook news feed – CHANGE OF PLAN! It looked pretty fab and I knew that Boo would just go crazy for what we were going to explore today……

What You’ll Need

  • Salt
  • PVA Glue
  • Food Colouring/Watercolour Paint – I used watered down ready mixed ‘Brian Clegg’ paint (lovely and bright)
  • Dropper
  • Card or Canvas – we used some old picture frame mount that I’d bought from a local framers for £1 for a big bundle
  • Bowl & Spoon

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I don’t normally hand over the whole bottle of glue to Boo so he looked a little nervous and not really sure that he should be touching it :)  Together we started to squeeze the glue all over the black card, swirling it around and creating lovely pretty patterns.

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We’d poured some salt into the bowl and Boo began to scoop it out onto the card, covering the glue as he went…scoop and pour, scoop and pour.

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‘Saaaaand Mummy!’

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Once the glue was all covered we tipped the excess salt off the picture into a tray.

I handed Boo the dropper and the watery paint mix, and he squealed with delight when the paint flew out of the dropper with a ‘squelch’! We worked our way around the picture until all the sticky salt was covered with paint mix

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The picture was quite soggy by the time Boo was done so we put it to one side to dry for a while.  I think if we did this again I would probably use a lighter coloured card as a lot of the detail can’t be seen on the black card – great fun though!

Ta Dah!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Original tutorial found on ‘Teach Preschool’ via Facebook

Day #21 DONE! 79 to go!

Sara x