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


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.”

The Creation Station - Play-Doh

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


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.


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


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.”


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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Reviewing my priorities bought me back to my dream of working with children.


My desire to work with children has brought me full circle, and now I have more control over my family time and working week.

Rebecca Dickinson changed the desk job to work with children as a Childminder and as her own children grew, she decided to take her passion for working with children into a new direction and run her own rewarding and successful Creation Station franchise.

“I had spent the last 10 years working behind  computer desks in a variety of customer service related roles but none of these remotely touched on my passion of working with children.

Before I went to university I had loved working with children; as a dance teacher, swimming teacher and holiday play scheme leader. I’m not sure when my career took such a dramatic and unfulfilled turn, but things changed when my husband got offered a job in Kent and we relocated. .

The ideal time to make a change

With two amazing children, my eldest’ Joseph was about to start school. Now was the ideal time to make a change, to go back to working with children and to find an opportunity to be there for my family.


My Mum had run her own dance school and I had grown up in the privileged position of having a Mum who worked hard and was still able to attend my school plays, assemblies, sports days and to help out on school trips.

I wanted to be there for my family like my wonderful mum had been for me.

I decided to become an Ofsted Registered Childminder, I was finally back working with children!

I loved the work; nurturing and educating the children, building amazing relationships with them and their families, getting creative and inspiring the children with arts and crafts. I was even able to go to all my son’s plays, assemblies and sports days (with a buggy full of children). But the paperwork Ofsted required me to complete and the hoops they expected me to jump through as a Childminder left no time for family life. I was looking after children eleven hours a day and then once I had put my two to bed I would spend most evenings writing reports and planning.

I was constantly exhausted both mentally and physically, my home was looking more and more like a nursery filled with toys my own children had out grown and was covered in labels and posters Ofsted expected me to have displayed.

I had loved being a Childminder, but by the time my daughter started school I knew I needed to make another change. Just what that change was? I wasn’t sure.

Whilst pondering my career future I went to the Child Care Expo in London. Hoping for a ‘pick me up’ and to be re-inspired as a Childminder and I attended a number of workshops on that day. The last workshop I attended was about easy and inspiring arts and crafts for young children and I was inspired! The workshop was run by Sarah Cressall, owner and founder of The Creation Station. Afterwards I spoke to Sarah to thank her for such a great workshop, we got chatting about the classes The Creation Station run and the franchises they award. This struck a chord with me and I spent the train ride home reading everything I could find online about The Creation Station and the pros and cons of buying a franchise. The numerous awards that The Creation Station Ltd and Sarah personally had won were reassuring and reading about the experiences of the other franchise holders sealed it for me. At 9:30 am on the following Monday I was on the phone to The Creative Hub (a.k.a. the head office of The Creation Station Ltd) having a Discovery Chat and booking on to a Discovery Morning.

DSC_0360It needed to be right for me and my family

At this stage it was all about finding out information; what was The Creation Station really like and about, would it suit me and would I be a good fit? I did my research and spoke to my family and then went along to the Discovery Morning with my husband, children, a close family friend and a list of questions. By this stage I was already pretty much sure that The Creation Station was what I had been looking for but the Discovery Morning was a great opportunity to meet some of the existing franchise holders, for my husband to get reassurance about how the figures worked and to see if my children could be inspired by the demonstration class. We left that morning with me convinced, my husband fully on board and to the ringing chorus of my children asking if they can go to The Creation Station every weekend!

I am now 6 months into my Creation Station journey. I attended the comprehensive training in April and launched The Creation Station Kent, Faversham in July. It has been hard work and at times I have wondered if I have done the right thing, but I have now got classes established, Family Fun sessions that are selling out, Create Club running successfully in two schools with interest from other local schools and I have also made great retail links with one of the local Universities.

I have far more support than I ever had as a Childminder

Things are starting to fall into place nicely. The support from The Creative Hub and the other franchise holders has been phenomenal, I am part of an amazingly supportive and creative ‘family’. Owning our own territories means that we are not in competition and rather than being competitors these other franchise holders are my mentors, always full of advice, support, on-line hugs and cheer.

My house is no longer full of Ofsted labels, posters and out grown toys, instead it is full of glitter, paint and paper, this is something we can definitely live with! My children’s own creativity and love of arts and crafts has flourished, my husband is still incredibly supportive and I have come full circle.

I am once again working with children and running my own successful  business but with lots of support . I am constantly stepping outside my comfort zone and with the help of my Creation Station family, I am achieving things I never thought I would even attempt.IMG_1178

I’ve grown in so many ways and feel very excited about my future

I am a successful business women, making links with the community, promoting and marketing myself and my business but most importantly I am also balancing my family life, attending school events and finding quality time for my own children”.

Rebecca Dickinson – Owner of The Creation Station Kent, Faversham

If you would like to find out about Rebecca’s classes parties and events visit here

or email rebeccadickinson@thecreationstation.co.uk.

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The Creation Station scoops Highly Commended Award in 2015 Creative Play Awards


At a time when creativity is being squeezed out of the education system, there has never been a more important time to focus on creative play to support our children’s positive development.

The Creation Station, the UK’s leading children’s creative experience company, has scooped the top ‘Highly Commended Award’ in the 2015 Creative Play Awards. The Creation Station’s innovative Fun Arty Box is packed with 10 activities and a further 10 ideas to help each child explore their ideas, discover new activities and develop their self-confidence and creativity.

Judith Lancaster, Creative Developer and Head of Communications, at The Creation Station, said:
“We are so delighted to have gained this very prestigious award in recognition of creativity and the ideas in our Fun Arty Box.  We developed F.A.B. in response to a growing demand from families who wanted their children to benefit from more hands-on creative ways to explore, discover and develop. We’ve received wonderful feedback from children and parents and now this award is fabulous news!”

Now in it’s seventh year, the Creative Play Awards are sponsored and organised by Creative Steps magazine, a publication for adults which promotes creative play as part of a child’s development.

The Creation Station - Highly Commended Award

Evie’s mum, Kerrie Bush said:
“Evie loves her monthly Fun Arty Boxes.  They are such a great idea and we are very glad you started doing them. We have been going to the Creation Station pre-school classes for about a year and a half, however since Evie started school the F.A.B. boxes are great as it means she can carry on being creative and developing her ideas and confidence.”

There are 12 different Creation Station Fun Arty Boxes each with a different theme, including:

  • Clay Creations
  • Beauties and Beasties
  • Flights of Fancy
  • Designer Dinosaurs
  • Time Traveller
  • Selfie Portraits
  • Jungle Fun
  • Under the Sea
  • Wacky Races
  • Wish You Were Here
  • Monsters and Aliens
  • Festive Fun

The Creation Station is passionate about inspiring children’s imaginations through fun and educational hands-on classes, out of school clubs, parties, events and products across the UK.

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


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.

Claire Lyon

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.


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.

Having an inspiring day out at the National Franchise Exhibition and bring the children to the free Creation Station kidszone


YNinaou can find a range of opportunities to help you discover a flexible and family friendly, financially rewarding franchise and inspire your children too  at The Creation Station kidszone at the National Franchise Exhibition

Ever wondered how you can juggle family life with a rewarding career, then come and discover how running your own Creation Station franchise could give you the opportunity to turn a hobby into your own successful creative business. The Creation Station franchise provides inspiring children’s arts and crafts classes, children’s party entertainment and event entertainment across the UK.

You are welcome to bring the children along too because The Creation Station will be providing free activities to inspire your children. You can meet some of our franchise owners and discover what it’s really like to run your own fun and rewarding children’s activity business.

The Franchise Exhibition will be held at Birmingham NEC 

Friday 2nd October: 10:00 – 17:00
Saturday 3rd October: 
10:00 – 16:00

About Us.

First and foremost, we are PASSIONATE about nurturing creativity!

What does that mean for us? Well, we love having fun with different materials – paint, glue and, of course, a bit of glitter – but we also believe that being creative is about experimenting, playing and just seeing what happens.

Giving expression to your own imagination in a group setting provides lots of benefits. It helps young children learn to make choices, share, listen, observe, pretend, problem solve, as well as play and interact with others.

The Creation Station isn’t simply about learning how to paint, model or collage along the lines of “Here’s one we did earlier”. It’s all about having a go, being inspired by something quite simple and encouraging each person to develop their own ideas. It’s amazing seeing that happen and it also gives you a huge boost of confidence when your ideas are taken seriously – no matter how old you are!