Day #60 Merry Mistletoes by The Incredible Hulk (a.k.a Izzy)

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

So I just couldn’t resist…….we had more cards to make and Izzy was very cheery this afternoon!

What You’ll Need

  • Card – whatever colour you like
  • Paint – we used green Crayola washable
  • Sponge & Dish
  • Marker pen – whatever colour you like 🙂

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Wet cloth at the ready….!

Once again we squidged little toddler toes into the painty sponge – this time she was ready for me though and the hands went in too – oops!

Izzy looked a bit like the Incredible Hulk – unfortunately there are no photos I’m afraid as I was trying to fend her off from happily painting me too – there were huge squeals of delight as she tried to chase me around the room with her painty hands!


So after lots of giggles we got cleaned up a bit and got back on track with our cards….

We had pre-folded our cards into an A5 size again and placed them on the counter ready to be printed on.

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Ta Dah!


Very Merry Mistletoes! (and a very happy memory)

Cards done!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 10 minutes

Day #60 DONE! 40 to go!

Sara x



Original tutorial found on Pinterest (by Kailee Smith)

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 #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!



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!


Love it….

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Day #50 DONE! 50 to go!!

Sara x

New creative classes for babies and toddlers launch in over 500 centres across the UK – with the chance for families to win 6 free classes.

New creative classes for babies and toddlers launch in over 500 centres across the UK –  with the chance for families to win 6 free classes.

Now families with babies and toddlers can benefit from the award winning arts and crafts experiences in over 500 centres across the UK, thanks to the launch of the new Creation Station  fun and educational programme. To celebrate the launch of their ‘Scrunchy Crunchy Bumpy Hands-On Discovery’ programme, The Creation Station are giving away 6 free Little explorer classes for families with a 1 – 5 year old child.

To enter please visit The Creation Station Facebook and click on ‘Win Cool Stuff’’.

“Helping families to inspire their little ones is at the heart of what we do. These weekly journeys of shared exploration and discovery enable parents to support their children through our fun and educational programme, in a way that really helps each child’s development and own imaginations to blossom” explained Sarah Cressall Founder and MD of The Creation Station ”We now have over 500 centres across the UK and are delighted to be offering parents the chance to win free classes.”

The weekly classes involve each child and parent or carer in a journey to explore, discover and develop together. The new educational programme is underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage in England and the Curriculum of Excellence in Scotland and includes a range of activities including modelling, painting, drawing, sculpting, gluing, singing, movement and problem solving.

The weekly classes include ‘Baby Discover’ classes for 6 month to 14 month olds, ‘Little Explorer’ classes for 14 month to 5 years, plus ‘Family Fun’ classes. For more information on the hands-on journey of exploration and discovery visit The prize draw to win 6 free classes ends 30th September 2012, visit The Creation Station Facebook Ltd to enter, terms and conditions apply.


For more information about working in partnership with The Creation Station to involve families in creative fun experiences please contact Judith Lancaster on or call the Creative Hub Hotline on 01395 233022.



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