Clare and Arty’s Creation Station Experience – Week 2

Following Clare and her 2-year-old son called Arty’s experience of Creation Station classes. Here’s Clare’s story of their second shared weekly class.

To read Clare and Arty’s first-week click here and to find out how they get on in future classes follow our blog.

Week 2 Little Explorer Classes: 

“We are into week two and Arty is eager to get started! Once again he puts on a red all- in- one messy suit and sits down to see what Helen has in her treasure chest this week. Squares! So we get down to explore making squares with various materials such as tissue paper, paint, maize and lolly sticks.

Helen encourages Arty to print squares using the sides of wooden blocks, we make picture frames using flat sticks (lolly sticks) and Arty paints his feet and hands on paper and we position them inside the frames. A lovely keepsake to take home and put on his wall. In the background there is Imagination Station music, it really makes the room seem rather magical, with a happy, buzzy energy! Again, Helen got down with Arty and encouraged him to take part in everything and was good to anticipate what he might like to explore next, jumping up and grabbing a bottle of blue paint or more lolly sticks. Really generous with materials, there are no boundaries here and imagination is stretched and explored without limits or restraints on anything. Very relaxing environment where our pretty lively toddler can play through art and we can get involved, feeling included and recognised as an important participant in our child’s learning and play. Roll on week 3”.

Clare Reeve- Artys proud mummy

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Classes are designed to help inspire your little one through journeys of exploration discovery and development.

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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 #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