Category Archives: Baby Discover – Creative and Sensory play

A shared creative journey of discovery for babies and their parent / carer. We want to share some of our top tips and best bits from our experiences of our interactive baby classes. Where we provide a wealth of safe, age and stage appropriate materials and activities, with lots of unique artworks to make and create with your baby and to treasure forever. We are loving Baby Discovery and we hope you do too.

Play-Doh Themed Creativity Classes Go Live Across The UK With The Creation Station

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To coincide with it’s 60th-anniversary celebrations, Play-Doh will be bringing kids creativity classes to more than 800 Creation Station locations across the UK.

Delivered by The Creation Station, the campaign is designed to help support children’s development with a fortnight of weekly themed classes. The classes deliver shared creative play with children and their parents or carers, along with creative collaborations with other children. The classes aim to help develop critical thinking and problem-solving, communication, collaboration and creativity. The shared creative experiences include model making storytelling.

Craig Wilkins, Marketing Director Hasbro UK & Ireland, says:
“We’re delighted to be able to bring so many Play-Doh creativity classes to kids across the UK as part of our 60th-anniversary celebrations. The Creation Station is a perfect partner and have been invaluable in their support to bring this campaign to life.”

Sarah Cressall, Creation Station’s managing director, says:
“We are thrilled to be working with Play-Doh for this campaign. It’s an incredibly creative and timeless Hasbro brand, and with their support we’re able to support children and families share creative activities together.”

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New creative classes and clubs for children launch in over eight hundred locations nationwide

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The UK’s leading children’s arts and crafts activity company launches new pre-school and after-school clubs, across the country.

The hands-on, exploratory programmes are based on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum EYFS. Each class is designed to support the individual child’s journey of discovery, through a wide range of different materials and tools, every week.

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Rebecca White, on the independent Trust Pilot review site, stated:
“We have been coming along to the art sessions since my little girl was 2 and I wish we had known about it when she was even younger, as babies can do it too. This is truly one of the best activity classes you can do for your child. They get to explore, create and learn – all at the same time. There is paint, glitter, foam pieces, sequins and glue. Basically, all the things children want to play with. And no need to worry about the mess. They provide full overall suits that cover them from head to toe and they provide water and cloths to wash those sticky hands and feet afterwards, so mums can breathe a sigh of relief. Every week is a different theme, so they don’t get bored doing the same thing, and you get to take your creations home. It is such a wonderful class I cannot recommend it enough.”

The classes have a five-star rating on Trust Pilot, from two hundred and eighty-eight reviews.  They are delivered nationwide by a team of DBS checked, first-aid trained, and safeguarding-trained Creation Station franchise owners. The classes:

Baby Discover Classes (weekly)

  • Baby Discover classes, for parents and carers of 6-15 month old babies. Designed to help babies explore and discover their world through safe, tried and tested hands-on and toes-on creative activities.

Little Explorer Classes (weekly)

  • Little Explorer classes, for parents or carers with their 16 months to five-year-old child. The classes support children to explore materials and concepts, discover new techniques, ideas, and develop skills and confidence.
  • Pre-school classes are called ‘Scrunchy, Crunchy, Bumpy – hands-on discovery’. They include activities exploring scrunchy and crunchy, squishy and squashy and slippery and slimy textures. Activities include creating see-through moveable pictures, mobiles, puppets, and clay creations.

Create Clubs (weekly, after-school and holidays)

  • Create Clubs provide nurturing, creative, fun after-school activities. They are designed to support the child’s exploration, develop their ideas, discover techniques, and grow their confidence, creativity and problem-solving skills. This term’s theme is the Art of Science and includes examining reflections, optical illusions and the solar system.

Sarah Cressall, founder of The Creation Station Ltd, said:
“I’m delighted that since 2002 we have been able to help inspire over 250,000 children and families through classes, clubs and parties. We are passionate about helping to bring creativity back into childhood, to help unlock their unique potential.  We work in partnership with lots of schools as well as local councils and family friendly companies who want to extend their range of services and bring families into their venue. I’m really grateful to all our partners, franchise owners and parents who help to inspire children’s imaginations.”

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The Creation Station Reaches The Number 1 Spot On #VOOM 2016

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To ‘Bring Creativity Back Into Childhood’

The UK’s leading children’s creativity activity company has entered the Pitch To Richard Branson competition called #VOOM 2016, under the growth category, to help bring creativity back into childhood. In just four days The Creation Station has reached the number one position through public votes.

“We are passionate about boosting children’s confidence and unlocking their potential through discovery based arts and crafts.” smiles Sarah Cressall, proud mum to three and Founder of The Creation Station “Sadly creativity is being squeezed out of childhood and that’s why we have entered this competition. I’m so grateful to the public who have voted to help us make creativity matter in our society, but we still need votes to help us stay in the number 1 position”.

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The Pitch to Rich competition is called #VOOM 2016 the UK and Ireland’s biggest and most valuable pitching competition, from Virgin Media Business. There’s £1 million (€1.2 million) in prizes and the chance to pitch to Richard Branson. Public voting is open until 9th May 2016.

The Creation Station has already inspired over 250,000 children and families with their award winning art and craft classes, parties, clubs, events and products. They have ambitious growth plans for 2020 to help inspire the nation’s imagination.

If you believe more children should have the opportunity to unleash their creative spirit so they can dream, believe and achieve, please show your support by voting for The Creation Station pitch.

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The Creation Station Launches New Born Creative Keepsake Classes

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The UKs leading children’s arts and crafts activity company launches a new craft service for parents who want to create a range of keepsakes with the baby’s hand and footprints.

The classes are called Tiny Treasures and are the brain child of Emma Theunissen who runs her own Creation Station franchise on the Isle of Wight.

“I’ve been running my Creation Station classes, parties and events for 3 years now and when I had my little girl Mae in January, I started to create lots of crafty keepsakes. Following Mae’s arrival I really wanted to create a safe, friendly and welcoming place for new mummies to come to, to meet new friends and create wonderful keepsakes together that they would cherish forever” says Emma mum to Kai aged 5 years, Zac aged 3 years and Mae aged 3 months. “I chatted it through with our Founder Sarah Cressall who was so supportive and now we are rolling it out across our 97 franchises throughout the UK and Ireland.”

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Tiny Treasures is perfect for parents with babies from birth to 5 months. The fun interactive classes run for 90 minutes and are a relaxed way to meet other parents and to be creative, all at the same time.

Here’s an example of some of the gorgeous creations that will be able to be made and treasure at the Creation Station Tiny Treasure classes:

  • Make personalised Baby Bunting with a baby’s name and footprints
  • Create printed hand and footprint canvases with a baby to treasure their first marks
  • Frame a footprint with a beautiful deco patch wooden frame
  • Create a personalised baby hand and footprint greeting cards
  • Make 3D creative clay hand print or foot print to treasure for ever
  • Create wooden baby finger print memo holders to share with family and friends as a unique keepsake

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Sing-Along for Syria with The Creation Station, Mr Yipadee and a whole host of popular children’s TV presenters

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The Creation Station are running special ‘Sing-Along for Syria’ art and crafts classes for children aged 6 months to 5 years to raise awareness and funds to help the frightened, homeless, refugee children from Syria. Children and families can join in with the award winning, fun and educational classes across the country.

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Join us for some sing-along fun at our sessions around the country

We have teamed up with a host of TV stars to have a ‘Sing Along For Syria’ in our award winning and educational art & crafts classes. “It’s been heart breaking to see the the children and families struggling,” said Sarah Cressall, Managing Director of The Creation Station. “We really wanted to do something to help so have incorporated the Sing-Along songs into our sessions to help raise awareness of this fantastic project.”

Our classes will feature a group sing-along with fun songs recorded by a range of popular children’s TV presenters recorded especially for the fund raising album. Sessions will run between the 12th and 30th October. Find more information about your local Creation Station sessions at www.thecreationstation.co.uk.

You can download the album by visiting www.singalongforsyria.com and every penny raised from purchases of the album, will go directly to the Save the Children’s Child Refugee Crisis Appeal.

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Download the Sing-Along for Syria Album at http://www.singalongforsyria.com

The Sing-Along for Syria album was born from the imagination of the Preston-based entertainer known better to his young audience as Mr Yipadee and a galaxy of stars from the world of TV who have all donated their time and talents in the recording studio at Salford’s Media City to lend their voices to the compilation of children’s songs. “As a parent, I couldn’t just sit by and watch what is happening,” commented Mr Yipadee. “We wouldn’t allow this to happen to our children, why would we sit by and watch while the Syrian children suffer?” All money raised from purchases of the album, will go directly to the Save the Children’s Child Refugee Crisis Appeal.

Stars singing on the album include: Tina O’Brien, as seen on Coronation Street,  Cerrie Burnell as seen on CBeebies, Andy Day as seen on Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures, Rebecca Keatley as seen on Let’s Play, Kate Thistleton as seen on CBBC, Alex Winters as seen on CBeebies, Katy Ashworth as seen on I Can Cook, Cat Sandion as seen on CBeebies and Hi¬5, Luke Roberts as seen on CITV, Craig Smith of number one selling hit Wonky Donkey, Derek Moran and Jen Pringle, both seen on Channel 5’s Milkshake, Sid Sloane, as seen on Let’s Play, Emma Nowell, from CITV’s Hi¬5 and Cartoonito, and Dean O’Brien, Mr Yipadee.

“Everybody has been heartbroken by what’s happening and particularly as a parent, it’s unimaginable to think what’s happening to those children,” said CBeebies presenter, Alex Winters. “I hope that this album spreads joy and laughter for kids here in the UK, and spreads resources, hope, and love to the refugees.”

To find out more about your local ‘Sing-Along For Syria’ Creation Station classes visit www.thecreationstation.co.uk.

Creation Station Celebrates 13 Years Of Inspiring Imaginations

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“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

E; sarah@thecreationstation.co.uk

T; 01395 239700

www.thecreationstation.co.uk

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

How do we nurture creativity in children?

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You may have seen the incredible self-folding origami robot that was revealed the other week. It truly shows how applying the power of creative thinking to an ancient craft can produce awe inspiring results. We only need to look at the last 10 years to see the power of creative thinking on our whole society.

Children enjoy getting creative at the new Create Club launching in Devon.

Children enjoy getting creative at Create Club.

So how do we nurture creativity in children? – it’s very much about the journey not the ‘end product’.  I was wondering if there was any way we could help you nurture your child’s creativity.  I know we provide creative workshops to enjoy and help inspire your baby and toddler- and we help you with fun and creative parties and clubs, but I just wanted to find out if there was anything else that would be helpful.

It’s tough bringing up children especially in a world where there is so much pressure on us all. If there is anything you feel would be helpful- or if you have any feedback (good or could be better) -I’d love to hear. Contact us and we will get back to you.

Sarah and your Creative Crew