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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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A new programme to support parents and carers with their babies and toddlers, launches in over 300 centres across the UK.


A new programme to support parents and carers with their babies and toddlers, launches in over 300 centres across the UK.

In response to more than 400 Sure Start centres closing in the last two years, new hands-on creative workshops have been developed by The Creation Station to enable
parents to share, develop and discover with their child. The new programme
called ‘Shimmy Shapes’ have been developed in line with the Early Years
Foundation Stage, to nurture parenting skills and to develop essential bonds.
The fun and practical weekly classes provide a range of art and craft activities
and include top tips to continue the play ideas at home.

Sarah Cressall founder and Managing Director of The Creation Station stated “It’s a really tough job being a parent and it’s really important that as a society we value this
critical role. As parents, we are often short of time, resources, ideas, energy or confidence to play and interact with our children in a meaningful way.
That’s why we’ve developed our classes to support parents and carers, not only to learn new skills to play with their child, but so that they can also have fun
and make new friends too.”

The weekly classes are based on nurturing a child’s own natural curiosity to develop a love of learning through shared hands-on creative fun. The ‘Baby Discover’ classes have
been developed for babies aged 4 months to 1 years of age and the ‘Little Explorer’ classes
are for toddlers aged 1 year to 5 years of age. Activities include exploring
wet and dry clay and creating their own clay creatures, matching shapes and
colours and creating dancing puppets.

Laura Dark from Bath said ”We’ve been going to The Creation Station  for several months now. My little one was 6 months when we first started going, she’s now 14 months and we still have just as much fun now as we did when we first started going. The
classes are fantastic with different activities each week, painting, clay hand and foot prints, canvas foot prints etc. Lots of ideas and keep sakes to take home too”.

To find out about more about The Creation Station parenting, baby and toddler classes contact Matt Appleyard on 0844 854 9100 or email matt@thecreationstation.co.uk or visit www.thecreationstation.co.uk

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!

Support With Children’s Play Ideas And Activities Receives Boost with Launch Of National ‘Ribbon of Dreams’ Campaign

The Children's Trust, Tadworth provides care, ...

The Children’s Trust, Tadworth provides care, education, therapy and rehabilitation to children with multiple disabilities, complex health needs and acquired brain injury (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The benefits for children being given the time and space to play creatively are well documented. This is supported by a recent survey of 2000 parents by Ribena. The survey found that play is vital for physical, emotional and social development in children. It was identified that play which is child-led, free, for its own sake and exploratory is the most beneficial for children and that almost half of parents (46%) want help and ideas on how to play with their children.

With the closure of over 250 children centre’s around the UK, parents and carer’s are receiving even less help with children’s play activities. The Creation Station, the UK’s leading children’s arts and crafts activity provider, has set up the ‘Ribbon of Dreams’

The Creation Station Ribbon Of Dreams Campaign

The Creation Station Ribbon Of Dreams Campaign

campaign to nurture childrens imaginations through a series of local and national events running across the UK during the months of May, June & July 2012. All profits from the events will be donated to The Children’s Trust who provide care, education, therapy and rehabilitation to children with multiple disabilities, complex health needs and acquired brain injury.

“We are delighted to be supporting parents, carers and organisations to inspire children’s imaginations, through  childrens art and crafts workshops across the country” states Sarah Cressall founder and managing Director of The Creation Station “We are providing events across the UK for families, nurseries, toddler groups,  pre-schools, brownies, cubs,  shopping centres, county shows  and at events celebrating  the Jubilee and the games to mention a few”

The Creation Station ‘Ribbon of Dreams’ is based on inspiring children to think of want they would love to be, do, create or invent. Children are encouraged to talk about their dream with their parent / carer / Creation Station leader  and then draw and collage the image onto an activity sheet. The images are taken home and can be scanned in and uploaded to become part of the national ‘Ribbon of Dreams’ gallery on www.thecreationstationstore.co.uk

The Creation Station is an ambassador of child led, exploratory creative play. With over 55 centres across the UK, parents / carers and organisations are supported with weekly Baby Discovery classes, Little Explorer classes and Family Fun classes. Other creative experiences include birthday party entertainment and event entertainment


You get involved in a variety of ways. Attend one of the many events running across the UK visit  www.thecreationstation.co.uk to find nearest centre. Or visit the gallery on the online store www.thecreationstationstore.co.uk  to download your Ribbon of Dreams activity sheet, then  draw your dream and upload it.

If you are involved in working with children aged 3 months to 11 years, or work within a family focused activity or events organisation and would like to find out more contact Ian Ballinger on 0844 854 9100 or email ian@thecreationstation.co.uk  to discuss how The Creation Station can support the work you are doing.