Day #57 Twirlie Wheeee – The Sequel

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

If you remember my post back on Day #10 (wow that seems ages ago now!) we created a lovely ribbon stick out of things that we just had around the house.

Well…..the stick is no more….it got into a sibling stand-off and didn’t survive the battle 😦

Parenting lesson learnt! Two of anything that is likely to cause a complete meltdown – within reason of course!

So, whilst I was browsing ideas of activities that we could do something caught my eye that would be a fab replacement for our twirly toy….budget friendly, easy to make two of – and guaranteed to occupy my little ones for AGES!

What You’ll Need

  • Curtain Rings x 2 – we used wooden ones that are 5cm in diameter (with the metal parts removed)
  • Ribbons – 6 or 7 different colours/patterns – whatever you have in your stash but probably no wider than 1cm – lengths of 90 cm x 2 (for the two separate rings)
  • Scissors
  • Lighter

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Such a simple activity with really fantastic results…..

We looped the ribbons through the rings until they were halfway through.  We then tied a double knot in the ribbon so that we were left with two ‘tails’ from the wooden rings.

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We repeated this until we had used all of our ribbon up – Boo seemed to prefer just watching the activity today but Izzy was happy to help by choosing the ribbons and then passing them to Mummy 🙂

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When all the ribbons were on our rings we passed the ribbon ends over a lighter – VERY quickly and out of the reach of tiny inquisitive hands.  This sealed the ends of the ribbon so that they didn’t fray whilst they were being played with.

DONE! Twirlie Whirly Dancing Ribbons!!

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Boo definitely perked up at this point…..I’d like to share some photos with you but every one of them was a total blur again!

I did manage to catch a few of Izzy though 🙂

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: Only finally put down when it was ‘bubbles time’

Safety Tip: Due to the finished length of the ribbons, please do not leave your child alone whilst they are playing with the ribbon rings

Day #57 DONE! 43 to go!

Sara x

 

 

Original tutorial found on Buggy and Buddy website

 

 

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

Day #55 Sticky Sticky!

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

We decided that we should have a bit of a ‘duvet day’ at home today and just relax.  We watched some television, had a visit from ‘Grams’ and then it was time to do our lazy day ‘make’….

What You’ll Need

  • 2 x pieces of acetate (OHP) paper
  • 2 x pieces of card – we used black
  • PVA Glue & Spreader
  • Tissue Paper pieces – we actually used some old confetti that I had left over from a recent pre-school event

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I handed Boo the PVA glue and spreader and showed him how to cover one side of both sheets of acetate.

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‘Oooohh sticky Mummy!’

We then COVERED one of the pieces of the acetate in the confetti – maybe the confetti wasn’t the best idea since Boo just wanted to throw it into the air!!

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Whilst Boo was layering up the acetate with confetti, I set about cutting a frame from the two pieces of black card.

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When the acetate was completely covered we sandwiched the confetti between the two pieces of acetate and then framed it with the two pieces of card. I asked Boo if he wanted to decorate the frame?

‘Eeess Mummy!’ Feather!

So with a handful of lovely bright feathers added, Boo declared it was

‘FINISHED MUMMY!’

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Stunning!

When we hold it up to the light there are so many pretty colours….

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Day #55 DONE! 45 to go!

Sara x

Day #54 Practice Practice…

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

We had such a busy day today with a reindeer parade in Shelley this morning and me working a 1st birthday ‘Arty Party’ in the afternoon –  I just didn’t have the energy to get more paint out this evening.  What I thought Boo might like to do is practice his button -hole skills.

What You’ll Need

  • Felt pieces – different colours
  • Length of ribbon – around 30 cm
  • Needle and thread
  • Button
  • Scissors

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Cut a dozen or so squares of felt approximately 10 cm x 10 cm and cut a slit in the middle of each one that is large enough to fit the button through.

Attach the button to one end of the ribbon using the needle and thread, and then tie a nice big knot at the other end.

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I handed the stack of felt squares to Boo and then showed him how to ‘button’ a felt square onto the ribbon.

He was absolutely stunned…

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The concentration was amazing!

He sat with his squares and threaded them onto the ribbon, one by one until it was all finished – ‘more Mummy?’

All gone Boo!

A fab activity that we will definitely use again and again 🙂

Day #54 DONE! 46 to go!

Sara x

 

Original tutorial found on the ‘Happy Hooligans’ website

Day #53 Autumn Art!

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

Wow is it cold outside!

Autumn seems to have swept in with an icy blast and we are already bundling up like we are about to go out on an arctic expedition!

Today I decided to share this week’s ‘Little Explorer’ session with Boo and create a lovely Autumnal collage….

What You’ll Need

  • Paint – we used Crayola washable in autumn colours (green, yellow, orange and red) and also some shimmery gold paint (very nice!)
  • Autumn collage – leaves, feathers – whatever you have in or can collect from your garden/park/neighbourhood.  I had some paper leaves that I had cut out of sugar paper in different colours, and also some amazing silk leaves in beautiful reds and yellows.
  • PVA glue and spreader
  • Paper – we used sugar paper

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Boo was very excited that we were getting the paints out again.  We are starting to see a lot more paintings coming home from pre-school now so it’s definitely becoming a firm favourite in our house 🙂

He LOVED the gold paint!!

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There were squeals of delight and ‘ooooooohs’ as he swirled it around and mixed it with the other colours.

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After he had finished his background colours we began adding our collage.  I had paper and silk leaves left over from classes this week so we used those to create our picture.  After a tickling session we also added some feathers before Boo declared it was ‘finished Mummy!’

Beautiful!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #53 DONE! 47 to go!

Sara x

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Day #52 Baby It’s Cloudy Outside

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

With Boo at pre-school I decided to ditch the laundry pile and get messy with Izzy again.

Today’s adventure is ‘Cloud Dough’.  I managed to find a recipe on the ‘Lemon Lime Adventures’ website that was for edible ‘baby-safe’ Cloud Dough.

AWESOME!

So many dough and foam recipes contain ingredients that cannot be eaten and with Izzy putting EVERYTHING into her mouth at the moment I didn’t want to spend our entire time saying ‘No Izzy, not food’ 🙂

C’mon Izzy – time to get messy!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of baby rice cereal
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil – we used 100% natural oil
  • Tray – we used a shallow Gratnell tray
  • Something to cover the area you will be using – we used the disposable floor mat from Poundland that we used in ‘Gloop, Glorious Gloop’ but something like newspaper, bin bags or pvc tablecloths/tarpaulins would work just as well.

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So preparation first – suit on Izzy, floor mat down and off we go!

Cloud dough was so simple (and quick!) to make.

Pour 1 cup of the baby rice into a tray or container.  Izzy loved playing with the dry rice….

Melt the coconut oil – it literally takes seconds in a microwave – you don’t want it to be hot!

Mix the oil and the rice cereal together and if necessary allow it to cool before you start playing with it 🙂

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Izzy was memorised!

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She kept poking at the mixture and giggling to herself…….then she got stuck in…..and tried to start a food fight with Mummy!

 

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I felt completely at ease knowing that if she ate some of the mixture it was absolutely fine – quite healthy really 🙂

When she was finished I took off her suit, gave her a quick wipe down and off she went!

Love it….

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Day #52 DONE! 48 to go!!

Sara x

Day #51 The Great Penistone Bake Off

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

I was inspired by one of the mummies in my ‘Little Explorer’ classes last week.  Although they’ve been following our challenge posts, they have yet to attempt any of them.  Instead they have been getting creative through baking and making cakes.

I wish I had the patience to bake! I love the idea of creating something tasty and indulgent from the very beginning.  I can follow a recipe and bake (or cook!) most things – they just never taste as good to me as something that has been made by someone else – thank goodness I have a mum who loves to bake but never eats any of it!!!! YUM!!

So today, inspired by my ‘Little Explorer’ and her Mummy, I thought that Boo and I should have our first exploration into baking together.  To make it a little easier I took him to the supermarket and let him choose one of those boxed kits for making cupcakes – he chose a ‘muddy puddle’ Peppa Pig cupcake kit and got very excited that he was going to be able to use it for today’s ‘make’!

What You’ll Need

  • A boxed cupcake making kit – or the ingredients if you want to make it from scratch!

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The kit made it really stress-free for us.  Boo stirred our mix – a little too vigorously sometimes – and then we poured our mix into the bun cases.

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We popped the tray into the oven and set our timer!

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Once they were done we popped them onto a rack to cool.

Try telling a three year old that they have to wait to eat cake! Arrrrggghhh!!!

When they were cool we got to decorating them – chocolate stars, hundreds and thousands and marshmallows! I think more ended up in Boo’s tummy than on the cupcakes!

 

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This was a fab activity and definitely a first for me to do with Boo – LOVED IT!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 20 minutes (not including cooking time)

Day #51 DONE! 49 to go!

Sara x

 

Day #50 Gloop Glorious Gloop!!

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

We’re halfway through our challenge!

Wow!

Whoohooo!

Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely loving doing all our activities and seeing my children get so excited each time I suggest that we ‘make’ something – it’s just that some days (not many!) it’s harder to motivate myself to get things planned and ready – I’m only human!  We now have more creations than I know where to put and have very happy memories together 🙂

With Boo at pre-school I decided to get messy with Izzy today.  There are so many lovely sensory play activities that are simple and very cost-effective to make at home.  Whether it be flubber, slime, gak, moon sand, cloud dough, play doh or any other of the amazing things that you can concoct, many recipes are now also being adapted so that they are safe for babies to enjoy.

Today I decided to start simple and raid the food cupboard to make GLOOP!

C’mon Izzy – time to get messy!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 box of corn flour
  • Water
  • Tray
  • Something to cover the area you will be using – we used a disposable floor mat from Poundland that I’ve had in for ages but something like newspaper, bin bags or pvc tablecloths/tarpaulins would work just as well.

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I have to say that a key part of ensuring my own enjoyment of messy play has to be the preparation.  By spending a bit of time covering the area we will be working on and getting everything together that we may need such as towels, wipes etc. I know that I will relax so much more, and not get all stressed about all the clean-up I’ll have to do later – home and kids!

So – suit on Izzy, floor mat down and off we go!

Gloop is really simple to make.  Pour your corn flour into a tray or container.

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Izzy loved playing with the dry corn flour and after a few minutes I began adding the water bit by bit until the consistency was just right – thick enough to scoop into a ball and then return to liquid form when you open your hands again.

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Izzy was hooked!

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We dribbled, scooped, squished and squashed…….

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When she was finished I took off her suit, gave her a quick wipe down and off she went!

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Love it….

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Day #50 DONE! 50 to go!!

Sara x

Day #49 Feet That Smell Like Flowers

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

Izzy always loves to sit and watch Boo and I during our ‘creative’ time – when she’s not stealing some quiet cuddle time with Daddy that is!

Over the next few weeks I have some lovely creative, sensory activities planned for just me and her to explore, but on this quiet afternoon after classes we decide to keep it fairly mess-free and make some painty feet flowers…

What You’ll Need

  • Card
  • Paint – we used red Crayola washable
  • Green marker pen – we used a ‘Sharpie’
  • Sponge
  • Dish

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We prepared the painty sponge the same way as before in ‘Butterfly Baby’ and our other printing activities.  Izzy wiggles her toes every time we do painty prints – she giggles and then scrunches her feet into the sponge so that the paint squidges between her toes.

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We printed onto the card and after the paint had dried Mummy did a bit of drawing to finish off our artwork……

Ta Dah!!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 5 minutes

Day # 49 DONE! 51 to go!

Sara x