Category Archives: Creative activities for 1-5 year-olds

We are sharing some of the fun, top tips and ideas that we have learnt from all the Little Explorers and parents/ carers who we have loved sharing the fun with in our classes since 2002. Our classes provide a journey of Exploration & Discovery for 1 – 5 year olds. Each child is inspired to explore a variety of concepts through fun, art and craft activities. Children can explore different educational themes during the weekly 50 minutes classes. The child’s natural curiosity is sparked to produce hands on learning and play in a way that inspires them the most. It is an absolute joy to be involved in these classes, as they are really good fun and very friendly, the children do the most amazing things… and we clear it all up for you! Classes run across the U.K. Please do share your thoughts and experiences with us too, thanks.

Creation Station Celebrates 13 Years Of Inspiring Imaginations


“It’s been 13 years since I started Creation Station and apart from a good excuse to eat cake! It naturally brings some reflection.  Which I’d love to share with you;

1001521_563238387056456_325706038_nWe’ve been really fortunate to have helped inspire over 170,000 children and families, we deliver approx  1000 creative experiences each week for children aged 6 months to 11 years. We do this through our award winning Baby Discover, Little Explorer and Family Fun Classes, Birthday Parties, Out of School Clubs and Events. We lead a team of over 100  fantastic  Creation Station franchise owners and now have a store of over 13,000 art & crafts products. We also have a really great team at Creative Hub.

It’s much bigger now than I dreamt, and I do believe the success of The Creation Station is due to the wonderful children families, partners and hard working franchise owners and awesome team at Creative Hub.

“Creativity is so important for children to explore, discover and develop their own potential. It encourages so many important skills as well as problem solving, thinking and self esteem” says Sarah Cressall founder of the Creation Station “As a society  we don’t provide for this, schools and parents don’t have the time, yet is it fundamental in order for our children to blossom and develop. We can’t teach our children everything, we don’t know what the future holds, we need to teach them how to learn, think and discover, this is what creativity helps to develop. ”

So from a very special teenager – here ‘s to inspiring imaginations!”

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Sarah Cressall

Founder & Muma of The Creation Station


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Winner Entrepreneur of the year 2013

Finalist Business Woman Of The Year 2012

Winner Best Woman Franchisor UK 2011 – EWIF Awards

Winner Best Franchisee Marketing Support 2012

Winner ‘Crème de la Crème’ Business Award 2011

Winner ‘Best Interactive Business’ Award – Mumprenuer 2011

Finalist ‘Extraordinary Woman of the Year’ 2011

Business Woman of the Year 2009 – Women of Achievement Awards Leicestershire

Join the fun of ‘Crafty Saturday’ a charity event in aid of ‘Rays of Sunshine’


Creation Station Hi-Res- exploration classes Mums franchise 1 (400x267)Come and join us as we celebrate our nationwide ‘Crafty Saturday’ event on 25th October 2014 – a new fun packed charity event in aid of the national childrens’ charity Rays of Sunshine. The Creation Station are running the event in a number of venues across the UK. The proceeds from ‘Crafty Saturday’ will be donated to Rays of Sunshine, a charity that was formed in 2003 to help children who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses between the ages of 3-18, by granting them individual wishes and organising events and outings.

The Crafty Saturday will be full of inspirational and exciting Autumn themed crafty activities for the whole family to explore together. There will be special activities for babies, toddlers and children upto 11 years to all get involved with. Come and join in the fun!

Pre-book your place today by contacting your local Creation Station.

New Arts And Craft Resources Launched To Help Inspire Children’s Imaginations


To help parents, grandparents and carers inspire their child or children, The Creation Station have launched their new range of children’s arts and crafts activity resources, including step by step activity worksheets and easy to follow ‘How to Make…’ videos. To guide and help with a range of creative and fun activities to enjoy and complete at home.

The inspiring resources launch in celebration of the Chinese new year, with a ‘How to Make.. a Chinese Dragon’

To keep updated with the weekly inspiring ideas, ‘How To Make’ videos and top tips please follow The Creation Station’s creative blog: ‘Enjoy Creative Fun‘.

“We all know how beneficial it is for children to do creative activities, but it can also be tricky coming up with ideas and knowing what to do with the children sometimes. That’s why we’ve put together some easy and fun ideas and top tips.”  said Sarah Cressall, founder of the Creation Station, the UK’s leading children’s arts and crafts activity company

“We have a wealth of ideas and top tips from all the classes, parties and events we run, as well as our own warehouse full of all our favourite, tried and tested  products which we know work really well with children.

Be inspiring, tell a friend and earn £250


Helping to inspire our children’s imaginations and nurture their potential is a wonderful way for our children to grow and develop.

Tell a friend about the award winning Creation Station franchise and help to be inspiring.

Tell a friend about the award winning Creation Station franchise and help to be inspiring.

Bringing creative play back into childhood is the heart of what The Creation Station is all about. We support a team of over 80 franchise owners who run creative art and craft classes, parties and events.

As demand increases we need to cover more areas of the UK and are on the look out for people who want a flexible career to fit in with their own family commitments and who also share our values of nurturing children potential.

So if you know someone who loves kids, loves arts and crafts and wants a fun and flexible career them let them know about The Creation Station Franchise. if they come on board we will send you a £250.

Elizabeth Franklin, heard about The Creation Station franchise and told a friend of hers, Leanne Griffin. Leanne now runs her own Creation station and Elizabeth received a surprise £250 cheque in the post as a thank you from us.

Your friend will also receive £250 arts &  goodies to help them boost their business.

Ways to share

1. Talk to a friend  and let them know they can request a free info pack on

2. Post the following link on Facebook and ask them to mention your name, as they will  receive £250 worth of goodies

Thanks for helping to inspire our nation

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Eight women change their career and run their own Creation Station franchise to achieve the flexibility they want


Eight women who were looking for a more flexible way of working, have been awarded a Creation Station franchise, delivering award winning art and craft classes, parties and events.

Finding flexible working that enables parents to prioritise their children and family needs can be a challenge. Many parents want flexibility to have time with their pre-school aged children and also to be there to support their school aged children.

Eight mums have changed their career and been awarded a Creation Station franchise as they wanted the opportunity to run their own family friendly business that they can tailor around their own family needs.

“I have worked with children all my working life and have loved my job, however, when I had my own two girls I just felt that I wanted to be there for my own girls,” smiles Sarah Finan from Kent “I didn’t know what options there were, so I researched online and found The Creation Station franchise. It stood out from all the other franchises because as well as the flexibility of being my own boss it helps nurture children’s creativity and that’s something I’m passionate about. I now feel very privileged to be part of the Creation Station team”.

Eight women change their career and run their own Creation Station franchise to achieve the flexibility they want

Back: Carol Jackson, Sarah Finan, Lynda Titley, Jen Williams, Tracy Hull
Front: Indy Dhillon, Sat Virdee
Sadly Gemma English was unable to be in the photo.

The eight women have a variety of backgrounds but are all mums who wanted a more flexible way of working.

Indy Dhillon from Osterley Isleworth and Sat Virdee from Kings Heath Birmingham, both have a background in a pharmacy, Tracy Hull from Basingstoke worked as a teaching assistant, Carol Jackson from Reading was a stay at home mum, Lynda Titley is a grandmother from Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire, Jen Williams from Chester was a Personal Assistant and Gemma English from Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire worked as special needs teacher.

“I’ve been going to Creation Station with my own child and I loved it so much I wanted to run my own. The timing wasn’t right for me last year so I kept the information pack in a drawer and just kept my eye on the website hoping my area wouldn’t be awarded to someone else” explained Sat Virdee. “I am now delighted to have a wonderful opportunity to be more involved with my daughter, to help other parents inspire their child and to inspire my local community too.”

The Creation Station is the UK’s leading and fastest growing children’s creative experience franchise. With a passion for helping to inspire children’s imaginations the experiences include: Baby Discover classes, Little Explorer classes, Arty Birthday Parties and Event Entertainment.

These experiences operate in over 500 centres and are delivered by over 70 franchise owners across the UK.

“I am very proud of our team of franchise owners, as they share our passion and values about nurturing creativity and help to inspire children’s imaginations” says Sarah Cressall founder and Managing Director “Our eight new inspiring ladies are very warmly welcomed to our team and we are fully committed to support, nurture and help them to achieve the personal and financial success that they want.”

For more information about The Creation Station experience please visit  To find out about running your own Creation Station franchise call Maggie on 01395 349 462 or visit


Ruth Morris in the Hot Seat “I didn’t realise my Creation Station business could look like this so soon!”

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Ruth Morris inspires imaginations in North Aberdeen and Shire

Ruth from Aberdeen in the Hot seat when she is interviewed about running her own Creation Station franchise.

What inspired you to start looking for something different to do?
I’m fortunate to be mum to Connor and Lexie and have a fab husband. But after working in the local authority for over 10 years I realised there were other options out there and I didn’t need to just stick with what I was doing.

What was it you were looking to achieve?
I had two main big goals, these were:
1. I wanted to enjoy a greater work life balance and to support my family whilst working from home.
2. I really wanted to be my own boss so I could determine my own goals and recognise my own achievements.

Why did you look to run your own franchise?
I looked at franchised businesses because I wanted to be my own boss but recognised with the right franchise there was a lot of the support available to develop a stronger business. I was also nervous of starting up on my own after more than a decade in local authority.

What attracted you to The Creation Station?
I have worked with children since 2000 and had decided that in becoming self-employed I really wanted to provide an exceptional experience for children & families. The moment I saw The Creation Station logo online I was attracted to the ethos, values and opportunities of the company.

What were the barriers you had to overcome before you made the decision to invest?
I had to leave a full time professional career, whilst my husband was starting a new job. This had implications for securing the capital and I could not start Creation Station for 6 months after my initial interest. I had to also take out a bank loan, but the bank was very helpful and has never turned down a bank loan for a Creation Station Franchise, which was very reassuring.

What were your feelings when you attended a Discovery Morning?
I was incredibly nervous for 2 reasons- what if I decided the business was not the one for me, but far worse was what if it was…..that meant a major change in my family, career and future and I was so worried in case I wouldn’t fit it, or what my next steps would be. I was also aware that they are very selective about who is awarded a franchise, which is great from ensuring our brand values are maintained – but it still made me nervous!

inspiration houseWhat did you think about the training?
I loved the training, especially as it was based at the Creative Hub, so straightaway I felt part of the company. I can visualise meetings and planning in the meeting room and the huge warehouse where my arts and crafts orders get processed and sent to me usually by the next day which is such a great service from Garry our super store man. I appreciated the experience of training with a live class as that really built my confidence. I felt supported to achieve and encouraged to question everything. The atmosphere was exciting, supportive, creative and energised.

Please describe the first few months of your business?
I launched in the Easter holidays with 8 taster drop in events, followed immediately by a further 11 weeks of classes. I have developed new classes, sought new venues, provided my first birthday parties and  I am regularly seeing 50 families every week. I did not anticipate how quickly my business would flourish nor could I have foreseen the level of interest in both summer activities and bookings into September.


My husband even confirmed this week that he never thought my business would become this busy- and this is only my 3rd month

Describe your highlights so far
Being able to attend so many more events in my children’s lives and the accomplishment that I am providing all childcare myself for the first time in their lives.
Also the connection made with so many families and children in my classes. I have developed an uncanny memory for children’s and babies names & faces and I am loving meeting them in different environments and how incredibly excited they are to see me.

I also love seeing the change in children at both Baby Discover and Little Explores, examples include:

  1. A child who was incredibly averse to touching the paint and new materials. His mummy reported with such excitement that since attending my classes he has played in his sand pit, enjoyed mud pies and I have seen him soar with confidence.
  2. A little boy who I was sure was struggling so much to maintain interest and participate within the class structure has by the end of term, become totally focussed on his tasks and has learnt all the songs and movements.
  3. The first time a baby picked up a paint brush and started to make marks- his mummy was so excited.
  4. The Magic Ideas Box- it draws children like the pied piper’s tune; they are so excited and believe entirely that the materials appear magically. Their faith in the magic and excitement, which only I can see as the parents are behind the children, is the highlight of every class.
  5.  Circle time at the beginning of every class- children and parents just want to share such lovely life events. Two babies have crawled for the first time at class…to me! Very emotional.

Nicki 035What are your long-term ambitions for your Creation Station franchise?
To provide an exceptional service for children, families and organisations across the north east of Scotland, whilst supporting my family and developing a rewarding career, driven by my own goals and dreams.

What tips would you share with other new franchise owners?

Believe in what product you are providing- be it classes, materials or parties. If you are enthusiastic and passionate, people will want to join in the fun.

Talk about the sessions as starting with Baby Discover, graduating into Little Explorers and Family Fun sessions. That way Baby Discover becomes a natural part of your business, not an addition.

Ask questions at the Discovery Morning, at training, on the forum, off your trainer, to the Creative Hub. Every question is valid and is always answered so positively.

Keep it simple. And remember, if you miss something only you know! Certainly not the children, who are enthralled with everything you are providing. And smile!

What activities have you done to promote your business?

  •  Developed a Facebook page and promoted on many FB groups. Use Facebook daily to      build presence and share news
  •  Leaflet drop at local school
  • Posters in venues and communities
  • Promoted activities regularly on Netmums
  •  Joined Yell and other free business listings
  •  Leaflets in all venues & local communities
  • Posted classes and activities on local What’s On webpages, including local authorities    event calendars
  • Handed parents at classes flyers to take to other groups and venues

What experiences you have had that have been really tough?
One session I am running has been funded by the local authority but has been poorly supported by the venue, resulting in low turnout and irregular attendance. In future I will only provide funded places as part of a more organised and better promoted programme.


The fallout after offering the BOGOF offer at the beginning of term. Some classes were decimated by people not returning after the second class. I have since learnt methods to monitor class attendance and to have a waiting list in operation. I have not offered this for the forthcoming term in September and have a steady stream of families already booking the “Scrunchy Bumpy hands on Discovery” programme in September.

What experiences have you had that have been great?
The babies and children are just so inspiring and I find myself constantly saying at class how much I love my job. I am honoured to be part of young children’s lives, have been joined by dads and grandparents as well as mummies and just love how quickly the children have revelled in the class structure. Watching toddlers immediately stamping their feet in anticipation of a stamp on their hands is heart-warming.

With the wonderful gift of hindsight would you do anything different?
I’ve learnt not to beat yourself up if things don’t go to plan. What I do know is that when thing goes wrong I change what I am doing and learn to do things in a different way. I have achieved my goals and love what I do and I’m making a difference to others so I’m really happy.

Find out more about Ruth’s classes here or contact her on  0844 824 4525 or  email

If you are interested in finding out more about how you could run your own fun creative business just click here.

Meet Vicci – The Creation Station’s “Head of Creative Stuff”…. Apparently it’s not just gluing and sticking


Vicci Worthy
Head of  the Creative Department

Meet Vicci Worthy – Head of the Creative Department at The Creation Station and Create Club.

Vicci Worthy has an esteemed background as an Art and Design specialist, teaching and lecturing to post graduate and under graduate primary teachers in Art and Design and running the art department in the faculty of education at Plymouth University. As well as this she developed special needs creative workshops for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Before training as a teacher Vicci used to run her own creative business, as a practicing textile designer, selling to galleries across the country, showing at national events such as the Country Living Craft Fair and also working to commission with publishing houses working on contracts for organisations including Oxfam – which was really rewarding.

Vicci was drawn to The Creation Station and Create Club as she was ready to move out of the traditional education system and really be part of helping to inspire children’s imagination. She was also keen to help and support those people who wanted to be part of making a difference to our future generation, in terms of creative development.

Vicci is mum to Sam, aged 16, who is, at this moment helping out at Glastonbury this weekend! (We are all a bit green here at Inspiration House!).

viccis-cardVicci tends to laugh a lot and really brings a twinkle of inspiration and creativity to all those she meets. Vicci loves taking photographs, going on bike rides and eating picnics…but not all at the same time!!

We asked Vicci to share with us somethings that not many not many people know about  her;

Your fave book – “I’m a total sucker for amazing and inspirational interior design books…books that allow me to dream and disappear into!”

Your  fave film – “Out of Africa, Breakfast at Tiffanies or It’s a Good Year- it’s the, total dreamer in me!

Your fave food – “It’s got to be scallops or mussels… Exmouth mussels are the best”

Your Fave pastime – “Pottering around antique markets and fairs…finding that elusive bargain”

Your Hobbies – “My dream hobby is to draw, create and make…my new hobby is to make a time machine that creates spare days”

If you would like help with a event entertainment or a creative fun workshop simply email or give Vicci a call on the Creative Hotline :) 01395  239700.

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