Day 18- Creation Station Christmas Countdown

Have you got your stockings up ready and waiting? Why not had a go at decorating a festive Christmas Stocking.

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Day 17- Creation Station Christmas Countdown

Present Labels

Why not make some great present labels to go with your fantastic home made wrapping paper and make your gifts really personal this year with some festive sparkle.

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You will need:

  • Card
  • Ribbon or String
  • Stickers
  • Paint/Felt tips
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Step One

Gather all of the left over Christmas wrapping materials, including ribbon, paper, fancy sellotape etc. Have fun collages different shapes to make your labels. You may need to prep some shapes like trees, baubles, snowmen, candy canes in card for your child to decorate.

Step Two 

Don’t forget to make a hole to thread through the string or ribbon. You could even use pipe cleaners to attach the labels to the presents.

 

 

Thank you to The Creation Station Bath for this fab activity.

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We would love to see your Christmas present labels, so please send photos of them to art@thecreationstation.co.uk or share with us on twitter with #creationstation.

Day 14- Creation Station Christmas Countdown

Christmas Tree Topper

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Make your own Christmas Tree topper by cutting a semi circle of card and wrapping it around to make a cone. Sellotape this together and then decorate how you wish. Check out these fantastic ideas, why not make an angel, Christmas tree, or Father Christmas as guardians of your tree.

We would love to see your Christmas tree toppers so please send photos to art@thecreationstation.co.uk.

You can also send them in to our twitter with #Creationstation

Day 13- Creation Station Christmas Countdown

Silhouette Christmas Cards

Throughout Advent, we will be suggesting various simple arts and crafts activities which quick  and easy to prepare and make. Why not enjoy some festive time together and get the whole family involved.

These cards allow even the smallest of children to get involved making the ‘background’. Using chalks on their sides can produce a new patterns for young children, whilst older children can learn to blend and merge the colours in more detail.

You will need:

  • Various card stock (including black or dark-coloured card)
  • Paper (sugar paper works well)
  • Chalks
  • Optional sequins or embellishments

Step One:

Take a piece of paper and using chalks, encourage the children to fill the paper with colour. This is a great opportunity to use chalks in different ways – use the long side for mark-making instead of the end, use different colours for stripes or patterns, blend colours into each other, use the ‘dust’ on your fingertips to ‘smooth’ the colours. Older children could also use pastels if you have them.

The chalked paper will become the background for the card.

Step Two:

Using the black or dark card stock, you now need to make a frame and silhouette for your card. You will need to decide on a theme for the card. It is probably easier to go for a simple shape and if it is symmetrical (like a Christmas tree, heart or even snowman), you can fold the card in half and only have to cut half the shape.

Step Three: 

Glue the frame and silhouette onto the chalk background. Then mount onto a piece of card folded in half to make a Christmas card.

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You can add some glue and glitter to the black frame and silhouette to make it slightly shiny and sparkly.

This activity isn’t restricted to Christmas cards – the concept would lend itself to any type of card, but if your children enjoy the chalking, why not encourage them to make a chalk silhouette picture, using black silhouettes of houses, trees or other shapes in the foreground on top of a beautiful chalk background? Can they create the colours of a sunset or the sea?

Thank you to The Creation Station Bath for this fab activity.

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We would love to see your Christmas cards, so please send photos of them to art@thecreationstation.co.uk or share with us on twitter with #creationstation.

Day 12- Creation Station Christmas Countdown

Become a Christmas Elf 

Pssst… Santa needs his elves to help him get ready for Christmas, but where have they gone? Maybe they are hiding, they are a bit cheeky!

Maybe we could make Elves hats and pretend we are his Elves until he finds them!

For this we will need:

  • 4 Pieces of card ( 2 green, 1 red and 1 other desired colour for the ears)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Double sided sticky tape (or glue)

Step One:

With your red card cut 2 long strips (approximately 3 cm wide) to make a head band. Stick the 2 ends of the strips together to create the head band the right size for your head. Place to one side.

Step Two:

Draw a large triangle on a piece of green card and cut out. It doesn’t matter if you can’t fit the top of the triangle on the card as you will add some decoration to the top of the hat.

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Step Three:

Now with your double sided sticky tape put a strip on the band and tape the triangle to it.

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Step Four:

With your remaining red card, along one of the long sides cut a zig zag pattern.

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Step Five:

Now stick this on the front the green triangle. Then cut out a small red circle from the spare card from your head band and attach to the top of your hat.

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Now for the final touch!

With the other piece of card, cut out 2 elf ears and stick them on the side!

You are now a elf!

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Day 11- Creation Station Christmas Countdown

shhhhh…. This is something special for big kids to have fun making Christmas decorations too. 

To make this activity suitable for a younger child use pipe cleaners instead of straws and spray paint, then tie them together with string or ribbon. Try cutting the pipe cleaners to different lengths to make different sized decorations. You can even get super special sparkly pipe cleaners here.

You will need:

  • Straws (about 10 for each decoration)
  • Cable ties
  • Plastic spray paint
  • String

Step One:

Group straws together and place cable tie around them in the middle and pull tightly. Cut of the access of the cable tie. This will splay the straws out as shown.

Step Two:

Paint the decoration using the spay paint, leave to dry.

Step Three:

Once dry, tie string around center, pop a loop on the other side and hang on tree.

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Thank you to The Creation Station Leicestershire North West for this fab activity.

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We would love to see your straw decorations, so please send photos of them to art@thecreationstation.co.uk or share with us on twitter with #creationstation.

Day 10- Creation Station Christmas Countdown

Do you want to build a snowman?

Colour and create your own Olaf, or design your own snowman and name it!

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Day 9- Creation Station Christmas Countdown

Hand Print Reefs

You will need:

  • Ribbon
  • Card (depending on what size you would like your reef depends on the amount of card you use. We advise 2-3 pieces)
  • Green Paint (different shades if desired)
  • Red Paint
  • Double sided sticky tape (or glue)

Step 1:

Paint your hand green! but be warned… this can tickle!

Once your hand is painted, make your hand prints on the card. (The more you can fit the better! You may need 2 pieces of card depending on how big you would like your reef.) Try using different shades of green on different hand prints.

Place to the side and allow to dry (this could take between 15- 30 minutes to dry).

 

Step 2:

With your 3rd piece of card (or second) cut it out into a large circle, and cut out a center like so:

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Step 3:

Once your hand prints have dried cut them out individually.

Then begin to over lap them on top of the green circle using your double sided sticky tape (or glue). This should already begin to look like a reef!

 

Step 4:

Now to add the final touches!

With your red paint get a small amount on your finger and print three dots in the shape of a triangle. You can do this several times around your reef.

Now for the last part!

Get your ribbon (or string) and tape it (or glue it) to the back of your reef either in the shape of a loop or in the shape of a bow.

Hang it up and you have a beautiful creative handmade reef!

 

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Day 8- Creation Station Christmas Countdown

Festive Finger Paint Robins

You will need:

  • Red Paint
  • Brown Paint
  • Black pen
  • Card/Paper

Simply apply paint to your fingertip and press down on a piece of paper or card to create a finger print. Allow this to dry and then repeat again with the red paint, but use a smaller amount to make the robin’s red belly.

Once all the paint has dried use a black pen to add eyes, beaks, feet and wings where you like. Try putting your robins in lots of different positions and with different expressions.

You could turn the robins into place cards for the table on Christmas Day.

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Day 7- Creation Station Christmas Countdown

Day 7, and its only getting colder!

So why not make these creative hand shaped Reindeer’s?

You will need:

  • Card
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Exciting decorations (glitter, ribbon, pipe cleaners etc)
  • Glue
  • Pens (or pencils)

Step One:

To start, draw around your hand (or you can do hand prints instead) and cut them out.

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Step Two:

Begin to decorate as much as desired! Add on bright red noses so your reindeer can light the way. How about some funky antlers. What will you name your reindeer?

 

Tip:

These can look great as a Christmas tree decoration! Tie a piece of ribbon or string to the top and make a loop. Then hang them on the tree!

Make as many as you wish!

 

Fun Fact: 

Did you know that if you turn a gingerbread man upside down he can also become a reindeer?

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We would love to see your Reindeer hand print decorations, so please send photos of them to art@thecreationstation.co.uk. You can even show us them on your tree!

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