Teach your child to use scissors

It is sometimes a daunting thought allowing your child to use scissors for the first time, so we have put together some tops tips for helping you to guide your child to safely use scissors and have some fun at the same time.

cutting stationLooking for a way to control the mess? – How about setting up your cutting activity like this. Fancy a pair of loop scissors or spring scissors to help your child learn how to cut? >>Pop over to our online store. 

The world’s cutest hearts

As Valentines Day is coming up we were thinking what exciting things can you make from hearts?

snail heart

When you look closely at different objects and animals you can see that they are made up of lots of different shapes. For example a face is made up from lots of shapes including different sized ovals and a triangle.

So we thought the challenge should be to see what we could create from a heart shape –  it turns out if you look close enough lots of things can be made from hearts. It may be that you don’t need the whole heart to build up all the features, for example half a heart makes a great ear or leg.

Here are some of our favourites. How many hearts can you find in each picture?

panda heart

frog heart

To make your own heart creatures you will need:

  • Coloured Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue

Can you make a Caterpillar or a Ladybird from hearts? What other things could you create from the heart shape? We would love to see your creations?

Post the picture of your heart creations on our Creation Station Facebook page for the chance to win a fantastic hamper full of creative goodies!

Day #20 ‘Boo’ Lightyear To Starfleet Command!

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

I love that there are some children’s movies that are simply timeless.  We have movies on DVD that I remember buying on VHS when I was in my teens – yes, I am guilty of buying ‘children’s’ movies like ‘Bugs Life’ and ‘Antz’ and howling with laughter whilst I was studying at University.

My absolute favourite has to be ‘Toy Story’.  I adored this movie when it first came out in 1995 and it always amazes me that the toy shops still sell out of all the merchandise from the films.  Boo is crazy for ‘Woody’ and ‘Buzz’.  If we’re out and spot one of the toys he drags me over to look at it – don’t worry, Grams is on the case for a Christmas ‘Toy Story’ surprise’!

His latest thing is to run around the house and pretend to ‘laser’ us by pointing his arm at us and pressing on his wrist – like Buzz Lightyear does.  What my ‘Boo Lightyear’ needs is some laser cuffs!

What You’ll Need

  • Toilet roll tubes x 2
  • Paint/Felt Tips – we used paint sticks for a change – the same effect as painting without the mess!
  • Something for your laser button – we used some of these acrylic gemstones in lovely bright colours
  • Double sided sticky tape – unless you want to glue your gemstones on – Boo couldn’t wait that long!
  • Scissors

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Boo decided that Mummy should also paint one of his cuffs so we spent some time putting lovely bright colours onto the cardboard tubes.

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Next we added our gemstone ‘laser buttons’ and all that was left to do was cut down the tube lengthways on the opposite side to your ‘button’s – this is how your little one will put the tubes onto their wrists.

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Zaaaaaaap! Laser Mummy!

Hmmmm next stop jet packs?

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Day #20 DONE! 80 to go!

Sara x

 

 

Day #18 Watery Wax Creations!

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

So I handed over the creative reins to ‘Daddy’ today whilst I was cleaning my equipment from this week’s classes.  I’d set things up for them to explore ‘wax resist’ painting as I thought Boo would be intrigued by the ‘magic’ pictures that appear – plus I didn’t think that my husband would appreciate me throwing him into the deep end with an exploration of glitter and stickiness!

What You’ll Need

  • Card
  • White wax crayon/wax candle – we used an old candle
  • Water colour paints – I didn’t have any watercolour paint so I watered down some Crayola ready mix paint
  • Brush

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I could see Boo looking very confused as his colouring wasn’t showing up on the card – I think that he thought his ‘crayon’ was broken.  My husband encouraged him to keep going and when they were done ‘drawing’, they switched to the paint.

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He showed Boo how to use the watery paint mix to lightly ‘wash’ over the card to reveal the picture.  I noticed as they were working that the candle we’d used wasn’t as dense in colour and weight as it maybe should’ve been to create really clear lines on the card.  I would recommend using a white wax crayon or white candle to get really clear results (we use a translucent candle).

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As the paint was brushed over the card, it didn’t stay on the waxed areas.  Boo could see the ‘missing’ lines in the pictures and kept trying to paint over them! 🙂

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Safety Tips: Be careful that your little one doesn’t try to make a snack out of the wax crayon or candle!

Day #18 DONE! 82 to go!

Sara x

Day #17 Alphabet Explorations

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

At my son’s pre-school they use the ‘Jolly Phonics’ approach to teach literacy to the children.  As part of this, Boo brings home a ‘Letter of the Week’ sheet with activities for us to practice and do together.

I thought that it would be great to use one of our ‘days’ to explore the letters each week.  We’re a few weeks into the school term, but we can always catch up!

What You’ll Need

  • Paper mache letter – Luckily I already had a letter ‘I’ left over from when I was decorating letters to spell out my children’s names (for their bedroom), but you can pick them up from art and craft suppliers like ’Hobbycraft’ or even from Ebay.
  • Paint brush – we like these chubby handled brushes
  • Paint – we used Crayola washable
  • Decoration – sequins, buttons etc
  • PVA glue and glue spreader

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We’d not had the paint out for a little while now, so Boo got quite excited that we were going to be getting messy.

He worked away on the paper mache letter covering it in different colours of paint, and then used sequins and buttons to decorate it.

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I used our activity time to ask him about the letter ‘I’ and what it looked like – the activity sheet also explained that the letter sound is formed by making a noise like a squeaking mouse – our kitchen sounded like we had a room full of the noisy critters! 🙂

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Day #17 DONE! 83 to go!

Sara x

Day #14 Rainbow Rice Shaker!

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

As many of you know I operate one of the awesome ‘Creation Station’ franchises here in the (sometimes) sunny South & West Yorkshire region.  Our programme has three terms and each follows an overall theme – this term it is ‘Textures’.

I’m not brave enough to take Boo along with me to my weekly classes – except when my Mum is on hand to closely supervise him.  I know him too well to think that if left to his own devices he would simply sit quietly – and not try to paddle in the water tray, paint his hair blue or some other typical pre-schooler mischief that he gets up to when Mummy is trying to work.  In one of our recent classes we made some fantastic rainbow rice shakers and I thought Boo might enjoy making one too….

What You’ll Need

  • 2 x plastic cups – the disposable ones you use for parties
  • Sellotape or masking tape – to seal your shaker
  • Rainbow rice
  • Additional bits to make the shaker extra noisy and bright – we are using buttons and sequins
  • Crepe paper – entirely optional but we used it to make streamers to tape to the ends of the cups for extra effect.

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If you’ve never made rainbow rice before its super simple.   Pour a cup of white rice (not cooked!) into a bowl and add a dessert spoon of white vinegar.  Then add some ready mixed paint and stir, stir, stir until all the rice is covered in paint.  Alternatively you could put the ‘ingredients’ into a sandwich bag or Tupperware box and shake it up until it’s all mixed.  Pour the lovely painty rice onto a flat surface – ideally covered with a baking sheet or grease proof paper – and then let it dry.  It only takes about 30 minutes and then you just need to give it a good stir around to separate any bits of rice that have stuck together.  I made three different colours of rice for my classes and just used up the leftover rice on Boo’s shaker – the painted rice stores really well in a sealed container.

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I poured the painted rice into different bowls, along with a bowl of sequins and a bowl of buttons.  I handed over the ‘ingredients’ to Boo and gave him a spoon and one of the plastic cups.  It was really interesting to see the care he took whilst choosing what was going into his shaker.

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After he was done choosing his shaker contents I used the masking tape to tape around the two cups so that his shaker was sealed.  We then chose some streamers to decorate his shaker which were fixed using sellotape (lots of tape!).

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Ta Dah! Noisy Rainbow Rice Shaker!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes (30 minutes if also making rainbow rice)

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Safety Tips: Ensure that you have securely taped the shaker together before you pass it to your little one 🙂

Day #14 DONE! 86 to go!

Sara x

 

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