Day #76 Milky Masterpieces

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

We had such fun with our ‘milk paint’ that I thought we should try to create a milky masterpiece….

What You’ll Need

  • Milk
  • Food Colouring
  • Washing Up Liquid
  • Brushes
  • Card Stock – or other thick card
  • Shallow Trays

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We poured some milk into our trays and added a few drops of the different food colouring to each one.

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Then we put a few drops of washing up liquid onto each area of food colouring…

Wow!

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What an amazing colour reaction!

When Boo had finished swirling the colours around in the tray we popped our card into the milk and left it for a few moments to absorb the colour and then turned it over to reveal the masterpiece!

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Ta Dah!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #76 DONE! 24 to go!

Sara x

 

Day #75 Edible Rainbows

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

After a busy afternoon at a 4th birthday ‘Arty Party’ I got home and needed a snacky pick-me-up – what better time to do a ‘make’ with Boo!

What You’ll Need

  • Milk
  • Bread
  • Food Colouring – whatever colours you like
  • Paint brushes – clean ones!
  • Toaster

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This is a really simple way to liven up your snack time.  We poured some milk into small containers and added a few drops of food colouring into each pot….time to paint our ‘canvas’

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Boo looked very confused that he was painting his snack but soon got into the activity – even Mummy got to do a slice too!

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A quick bake in the toaster……..

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Looks good enough to eat!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #75 DONE! 25 to go!

Sara x

Day #74 Row, Row, Row Your Boat…

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

Once again it’s raining so I thought we would make some little boats and have ourselves a race!

What You’ll Need

  • Blue/White Tac
  • Plastic milk carton tops – 1 per boat
  • Tooth picks
  • Sticky Labels/Card & sellotape – for the sail
  • Scissors
  • Water – a bowl, a bath – whatever you like! (plus maybe a towel or sheet for underneath your water if using a bowl 🙂

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We put a small ball of white tac inside the lid of our milk carton tops – the smaller the better so that they don’t over balance.

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A tooth pick for a mast – make sure you snap the sharp ends off though!

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We used some sticky labels that we had in a drawer for our sail.

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On your marks, Get set, Gooooooooo!!!!!

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So simple yet so much fun!

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We even had to take them with us for bathtime!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes – plus bath time fun!

Day #74 DONE! 26 to go!

Sara x

 

How to inspire your child…

Ten top ways to inspire your child

It’s always hard to make sure you have plenty of activities and ideas to keep your children inspired and entertained, and even more so when it’s the school holidays.

So, to give you a helping hand we’ve put together this short video to help you inspire your children’s potential and give you a well-deserved rest!

Starting this week with:

How to make a beaded wire heart

Check out this cool video showing how your little ones can make a beautiful decoration to hang on your Christmas tree, mantelpiece and mirror or anywhere you need a little sparkle.

Grab the wire heart kit here >>

Need some extra supplies? 

Visit The Creation Station Store to gather up all your art and craft products to make these beautiful beaded hearts and much more!

And, if you use the promotional code ‘CRAFT10’ at the checkout you will receive 10% Discount off your order!

 

Day #73 We Have Lift Off!

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

I’ve been promising Boo for ages that we’d make a jet pack to go with the laser cuffs from Day #20 ‘Boo Lightyear’ To Starfleet Command!

Today is launch day…10….9….8….7…..6…..5…. 🙂

What You’ll Need

  • 2 x bottles – we used some empty bottles donated by Grams which used to have fizzy water in them
  • Piece of cardboard – to mount your rockets onto
  • Tin foil
  • Sellotape
  • Duct Tape – or similar strength tape – we went for a snazzy leopard print ‘Duck Tape’!
  • Crepe paper – for the flames
  • Scissors

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We wrapped our bottles in tin foil and secured the ends with some sellotape.

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If you had the time, you could paint the bottles silver and then hot glue them to the cardboard which would look pretty fancy.  With Boo so excited and bouncing around like Tigger after 3 espressos I think I did pretty well to get him to assist with the foil and sellotape before I rapidly duct taped the ‘rockets’ to the board!

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Whilst I was attaching the rockets Boo began to choose his flames.  It was fab to see him calm down a little at this point.  He took his time choosing the colours he wanted and arranging them into two piles ready to be attached to the bottles – definitely seeing an improvement in his concentration levels.

We taped the flames to our rocket with sellotape and used folded lengths of duct tape to create our straps….

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Ta Dah!

Starfleet Command we have lift off!!

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Fab – Boo was so proud of his “ROCKETS Mummy!! BANG!” – pretty good junk modelling for a pre-schooler eh? 🙂

Just a shame I couldn’t get Boo to stand still long enough for a photo!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Day #73 DONE! 27 to go!

Sara x

 

 

Day #72 Twinkly Tags

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

We have finally begun to buy (and make!) our Christmas gifts so we need to think about getting them all wrapped up.  I always seem to be hoarding old Christmas cards ready to cut up and make gift tags for the following year….this year I think we should also make some of our own 🙂

What You’ll Need

  • Card shapes – we used some lovely Christmassy card die cuts
  • Felt tip pens/stamps/rollers – we used a stamp set that we’d been given
  • Sequins
  • PVA Glue & Spreader

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Boo got to work stamping our gift tags in lovely bright colours…

“Stamp! Stamp Stamp! Mummy!”

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Next it was time to make them sparkle!

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Ta Dah!

Just need to add some bright ribbons and we’re all set!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #72 DONE! 28 to go!

Sara x

Day #71 Slithering Snakes!

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

When I was younger I had a pet snake and a gecko (aswell as the more usual cats, hamsters, gerbils and fish!)  They are fantastic animals just to watch (and hold!) and when we recently went to a ‘Meet A Creature’ session (totally awesome session BTW) at Wentworth Castle Gardens I was pleased to see that Boo had no fear of holding unusual creatures and learning all about them.

Last time we went to the zoo we ended up spending a large part of our visit in the snake house…Boo was totally mesmerised by the huge “WORM! Mummy!”  I thought we had done a pretty good job of explaining the difference to him but every time we now see a worm on our walk to pre-school Boo stands and hisses at it!

“SSSSSSSSSNAKE! SSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!” 🙂

What You’ll Need

  • Toilet roll tubes – or similar cardboard tubes
  • Paint – we used ‘snake coloured’ Brian Clegg ready mixes – a.k.a orange and green – our snake was quite exotic!
  • Brushes – we used ‘chubbie handled’ brushes
  • Red cellophane – for the tongue – even paper or card would work just as well
  • Hole punch
  • Paper fasteners
  • Scissors
  • Wiggly eyes – we used self-adhesive ones
  • Sellotape

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Boo was very excited to be making his own wiggly snake!  We started by painting our tubes a lovely orange colour.

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After they had dried a little we added in some snakey patterns in green and again put them to one side to dry.

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I cut each end of the tubes so that they had pointed ends and also hole punched each end except one (this was to be our head).

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Using the paper fasteners we connected each of the tubes together in a line until we had a lovely long snake.

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Add in some jiggly eyes and a wiggly tongue and we were done!

SSSSSSSSSSSSSSNAKE!!!!!!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 30 minutes

Day #71 DONE! 29 to go!

Sara x

 

Day #70 Rockets Away!

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

Boo was very lively today and I knew that getting him to sit down for more than 5 minutes was going to be a real challenge…..

What You’ll Need

  • Drinking straws
  • A4 paper x 1 sheet
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Crayons
  • Sellotape

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I drew a line along the centre of the paper and then 3 vertical lines to divide the paper up again.

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Cut along the lines so that you end up with rectangular shapes.

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Boo got on with colouring in the shapes and after he had finished each one I rolled it up around one end of a straw, secured the roll with some tape and then folded the end over.

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Now to try it out!

Big breath Boo!!!

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Rockets Away!!!!!

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Fantastic fun & lots of giggles!

A couple of launches got Daddy square in the face but Boo soon got the hang of it…… 🙂

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #70 DONE! 30 to go!

Sara x

How to get Christmas all wrapped up

How to get Christmas all wrapped up

With so much to choose from, let us help you find the perfect gifts for your friends and family this year. Whether you are looking for stocking fillers, craft hampers, complete craft sets or something a bit different (more about that in a minute), then I’m sure we can help.

Do you want to know a secret?… Something exciting is coming your way!

We are just days away from launching our new Fun Arty Box (or FAB for short). This is a brand new box of inspiration for your child to enjoy and will be personalised and delivered to your door every month. Each box contains a different theme and is jam packed with oodles of activities to keep even the most enthusiastic crafter entertained.

As we are just in the process of launching this please contact me at michelle@thecreationstation.co.uk if you would like some more information and you could be one of the first try this FAB new box!

So instead of the traditional Christmas jumper this year how about something creative to inspire and excite your recipients? Whether children or adults most people love a drop of paint, something sparkly or something challenging.

The Creation Station Store is home to over 13,000 art & craft products, kits and hampers to keep even the most enthusiastic crafter inspired. From paint & paper, glitter and sequins to embossing systems and candle making; there really is something for everyone. And, if you’re struggling to choose (there is a LOT to choose from) then a Creation Station Gift Voucher can be used on Classes, Parties and at www.thecreationstationstore.co.uk

Plus, to help all shoppers this weekend we’re are offering 10% discount off all purchases made at www.thecreationstationstore.co.uk* Simply use the promotional code ‘CHRISTMAS10’ at the checkout.

*excluding vouchers

Day #69 Steps In Time

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

I do love capturing moments in our lives by creating a lasting keepsake…the clay footprints that we did with our children when they were 9 weeks old, framed items from our wedding day and the picture with shells that we collected from our holidays.

I have been meaning to create some keepsake stepping-stones for our garden for absolutely ages…..with Daddy on hand to help, today was definitely the day!

What You’ll Need

  • Quick setting concrete mix – this is all we had in so not sure if it will work but we can always try again 🙂
  • Water
  • Protective gloves and face mask – VERY IMPORTANT!
  • A container to act as your stone mould
  • Decorative items – glass pebbles etc (must be able to withstand the outside elements!)
  • Vaseline – or similar material to act as a barrier between skin and the concrete mix

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We prepared our concrete as directed in the instructions, making sure that we wore our protective gloves and face masks.  After smoothing it carefully into our moulds we gave them a quick tap to settle the mix and then set about making our stones.

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With some Vaseline on their feet to protect their skin we created some little prints and then used glass pebbles to decorate them.

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Fab!

They look a little dark right now so we’ll have to see how they turn out when they are dry and painted….updates to follow later 🙂

A memory to keep in our garden forever 🙂

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Day #69 DONE! 31 to go!

Sara x