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

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