Today, as you know, is Creation Station day, however, we weren’t able to attend this morning because I’m feeling somewhat rough. I’ve had another flare of my Arthritis and my knees, hands and elbow are hot, swollen and very painful. Not only that, I took my Humira Injection last night (usually on a Tuesday, but can’t be taken when you’re unwell) it was delayed and I didn’t even think about what day today was. Basically Humira knocks me flat on my ass for at least a day, the day after the injection – headaches, nausea, extreme lethargy, the upside is it usually knocks the inflammation on the head, but not this week 😦
This is quite possibly my favourite activity we’ve done to date and it was fairly mess free and provided a whole range of new textures and experiences. We have a big box full of off-cut fabric pieces of all kinds of materials, patterns, colours and textures and I decided to grab a piece, cut a rough canvas out and give it to Lizzie to paint on.
This really is the simplest of crafts. It’s quick, easy and less messy than carving and gutting a pumpkin (but secretly who doesn’t love to carve up a pumpkin for Halloween?)
There are only a few required items:
- Empty Jars
- Tissue Paper
- Black Card/Paper
- PVA Glue
- Tea Light
Grab your supplies and let’s get making!
Messy play is one of our favourite things to do here at The Nook and it doesn’t matter how much mess it makes, in fact, the more mess the better! The textures and look of curiosity and wonder as my daughter explores new sensations, knowledge and skills is something I don’t think I’ll ever be able to take for granted, it’s beautiful.
I still can’t quite believe this has taken me 6 months to do! I’m quite a keen photographer, I’ve shot pet portraits, worked for rescues, done weddings and commercial stuff and this is the first little shoot I’ve done with my own daughter, despite always having my phone in her face. Shame on me!
The Creation Station – Baby Discovery Class is VERY popular and I feel quite lucky we have a spot each week because it’s always busy, but fun, lively, noisy and stimulating for little minds. Every week Lizzie goes, a few moments out the door after the class and she’s out like a light!
Rachel is the leader of this particular class and she’s just lovely and keen to make a fuss of all the children and I can’t fault her, she’s always willing to help me out a little more because I really struggle to get down on the floor to let Lizzie play with the other babies and explore the sensory bag or do floor messy play, so often Lizzie will go for a play for a few moments with her whilst I sit close by and I’m really grateful, so THANK YOU RACHEL! ❤
Imagine and Explore the endless possibilities of creativity this October. Just in time for Halloween, we’re giving away a 1st Prize and a Runner Up Prize to the two most creative pieces submitted by 24th October 2014 to be drawn on the 25th of October 2014. This will allow enough time (hopefully!) for the prizes to be posted and arrive in time for Halloween!
Your child can create whatever they like:
- Short Story
- Short Play Performed
As long as it is creative! Entry photos or videos must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 24th October 2014 with Full name, Age of child & Address. Entries after this date will be discounted. Open to UK residents ONLY unless Worldwide entrants wish to pay postage. All images will be submitted to an album view-able by the public on our facebook page but winners will be chosen by me and James. The work must be that of the child/toddler.
1st Prize – 2 x Kids Books, Pumpkin Halloween Bucket with Sweets, a Halloween Beaker/Glass and a Mystery Gift!
Runner Up Prize – 1 x Kids Book, Pumpkin Halloween Bucket with Sweets and a Mystery Gift!
Today it feels like not much of anything was done or achieved at all, don’t you just hate days like that? I can’t believe it’s just passed dinner time. I had a few plans as well to make soup and cakes, well the cakes got made, but the soup didn’t. We did manage some work with our naughty boy dogs and they are doing much better. We also went to the shop to buy a hand mixer as we didn’t have one, but that’s it. Really? Where the heck has the day gone…?
Lizzie and I made a craft together this afternoon; a collaborative effort. Lizzie did the messy bits, which meant a very messy baby, but mummy also got very messy. This is to be expected when painting and gluing with a 6 month old 😀 Great fun though and the top reason for doing it again and again and attending the creation station. When we first started painting together, she wasn’t really sure about what she was doing and though she liked to touch the paint, wasn’t really touching the paper or material to paint on with consistency, but now her hands are straight in the paint and all over everything – paper, table, floor, herself, ME… So amusing watching her get her little fingers stuck into the mess 😀