Category Archives: Creative activities for 1-11 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 – 11 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.

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 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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The Creation Station short-listed for Best National Pre-Schooler Development Activity

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The UK’s leading children’s art and crafts activity franchise, The Creation Station, has been short-listed for Best National Pre-Schooler Development Activity.

The awards, run by ‘What’s On 4 Little Ones’, are open to the very best activities, classes, days out and party providers for young families and children across the UK.

“I am delighted that our weekly Little Explorer classes have reached the finals for Best Pre-School Development Activity Award. Our educational programme is underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage and actively supports each child’s cognitive development to help them explore, discover and develop” smiles Sarah Cressall, Founder and Managing Director of The Creation Station. “As well as the educational benefits, the classes are great fun for parents too, and are a wonderful way make new friends and create treasured memories with your little one.”

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The Creation Station is passionate about inspiring children’s imaginations with fun, friendly, creative, hands-on experiences. Since 2002, over 250,000 children and families have been inspired through the fun experiences, and there are now 97 franchise owners across the UK with weekly classes in over 350 locations.

To find out more about The Creation Station franchise just click below to request your FREE franchise information pack

The Creation Station Is Shortlisted For The Best Festival Support Award

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With the festival sector diversifying rapidly in the last few years,  the ‘Best Festival Supplier’ awards have been developed to provide a platform to celebrate the ‘behind-the-scenes’ teams that are the lifeblood of all  successful festivals.

The Creation Station, the UK’s leading art and crafts activity company has
been shortlisted for  the ‘Best FSA Shortlisted 2016 (3)Festival Support Service’ award  with their family friendly art & crafts themed Kidszones.

“With more families attending festivals than ever before, I’m thrilled that we’ve been shortlisted for the fun hands on activities we provide”  beams Sarah Cressall MD & Founder of The Creation Station “We have a fantastic team of over 100 franchise owners covering the UK that help us engage and inspire festival guests and to provide creative 12010732_1147754691919753_3715477504533941501_ofun for the whole family to enjoy”.

The Festival Supplier Awards were launched to celebrate the success in the festival and outdoor event supply chain and have attracted almost 350 industry heavyweights from organisations including Eve, Arena Group, EnTEEtainment, Kilimanjaro Live, Star Events, Live Nation, Festival Republic, Metropolis, Loudsound, MAMA Group, WOMAD, SJM Concerts, Glastonbury and Ground Control.

The winners will be announced at The Hurlingham Club, London on the 28th January 2016. For more information about the  Best Festival Awards please visit; festivalsupplierawards.com for more information about The Creation Station please visit; thecreationstation.co.uk or email hello@thecreationstation.co.uk or call 01395 239700

 

 

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.

How to do, what you want to do…

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One of the the many reasons I love being my own boss is having the flexibility to be able to take 3 weeks to be with my family and also to return back to do something I love.

Our core values are about inspiring children’s imagination and our team of truly inspiring franchise owners and our Creative hub team, really help to make this become a reality.

We help inspire thousands of children and families  with classes, clubs,  parties and events – but it’s the difference to each individual child that really matters.18004_444465985638549_20274785_n

I saw this lovely enquiry the other day sent to one of our franchise owners  asking to  go on a waiting list  as  her baby was due in 5 months.  The feedback from what we do is spreading which is really lovely.

It’s good to have a purpose and to work to make a difference  and at the same time to be able to prioritise what is important in your own life.

If you want to find out more whether this opportunity could be right for you – come along to the next free Discovery event:

24th Jan in Guildford  9.30am – 1.30pm

28th Feb in Wolverhampton  10.30-2.30pm

– simply email maggie@thecreationsttaion.co.uk to find  more – or book online here  

Here’s to inspiring futures,

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Sarah Cressall

P.S.  You can  find our more by watching what happens at a Discovery Event by clicking here