Have you heard the one about the Lion and the Bear in the Jungle?

At The Creation Station Creative Hub we let our imaginations go wild as we delved into our new Jungle Fun FAB box, full of materials and ideas to make lots of creative jungle themed items.

Not heard about FAB? The Fun Arty Box is a monthly subscription box delivered directly to your child. Packed with materials to complete 10 exciting creative activities and many more ideas to inspire your child.

Keep an eye out for a new box launched every month. Want theme will next month’s box be?

Be inspired by The Creation Station at the British Franchise Exhibition

happy girlThe Creation Station are providing a fun and free Children’s Activity Centre at the British Franchise Exhibition on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June. Bring your partner and or children and be inspired.

Are you looking for a new opportunity that puts you in control of your work and family life, then discover how running your own successful business could give you a more flexible and rewarding work life to suit you and your family. Come and meet us at the exhibition and find out if the UK’s children’s arts and crafts activity franchise could be what you are looking for.

Where: The British Franchise Exhibition, EventCity, Manchester, M41 7TB

When: Friday 19th June: 10am – 5pm and Saturday 20th June: 10am – 4pm

Contact Maggie on maggie@thecreationstation.co.uk or call 01395 349462 for complimentary tickets.

For more information about The Creation Station franchise visit www.thecreationstation.co.uk and request a free information pack.

Make Amazing Creations With Foam Clay

foam for blogThis week we have a fantastic offer on Foam Clay, a fantastic product for making all kinds of amazing creations. With it’s exciting texture this is a really versatile product. Similar to Silk Clay it is great for modelling, decorating wooden and papier mache items and lots more.

Not sure what you could make with Foam Clay, check out these videos for inspiration:

>> Foam Clay Ideas

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or check out this blog post on decorating a papier mache box with Foam Clay:

>> Foamy Fun

Grab your Clay here today:

Foam Clay 35g – From just £1.14

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>> Order your Foam Clay here ( Suitable for ages 3+)

Visit the Creation Station Store for more fantastic arts and crafts products and The Creation Station Facebook Page for more ideas.

We would love to see what you have created with foam and silk clay so please share photos on our Facebook Page.

Make Your Own Fantastic Silk Clay Creations

This week we have a fantastic offer on Silk Clay. Fantastic products for making all kinds of amazing creations. It is such  a brilliant versatile material we just had to share it with you, great for modelling, decorating wooden and papier mache items and lots more.

Not sure what you could make with Silk Clay, check out these videos for inspiration:

>> Silk Clay Ideas

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Grab your Clay here today:

Silk Clay 40g – From just £1.60

Available in a range of colours and lots and lots of fun.

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>> Order your Silk Clay here ( Suitable for ages 3+)

Visit the Creation Station Store for more fantastic arts and crafts products and The Creation Station Facebook Page for more ideas.

We would love to see what you have created with foam and silk clay so please share photos on our Facebook Page.pci for silk blog

5 Ways To Encourage Creativity In Your Child

Many people believe that creativity is an inborn talent that their kids either do or do not have, but this isn’t true creativity is actually more of a skill than a inborn talent. It is something that as parents we can help our child to develop.

happy kjidsHere at The Creation Station we are passionate about encouraging creativity in children and helping them to explore their imagination. We have put together a few top tips of some ways parents can help their child develop their creativity.

  • Provide your child with the resources for creative expression. The key things here are time and space. Children need lots of time for unstructured imaginative play without adult direction and without relying on commercial toys and modern technology. Space is also important, set aside a specific space where they can make a mess so that it is contained to one area and allows them to be free to explore without restrictions.
  • Promote a creative atmosphere. Encourage your child to share their ideas but resist the urge to point out what is not possible and don’t decide which ideas are best. Focus on the generating of new ideas rather than evaluating the suggestions. Help your child to not be afraid of failure and making mistakes, by sharing mistakes you have made which will give them scope to be more creative as they are not afraid of making mistakes..
  • Cover your walls with art and evidence of creative expression. Tell your child about your favourite artists, musicians and scientists. Share your creative passions, be it photography, architecture or even cake decorating. Encourage them to explore your hobbies with you as you share theirs with them.
  • Encourage your child to read for pleasure and take part in the arts. Limit TV and other screen time in order to make room for creative activities like rehearsing a play, learning to draw, reading every book written by a favourite author.
  • Try to stop worrying about what your child achieves. Emphasise the process rather than the final outcome. One way you can do this is by asking questions about the creative journey – Did you have fun? How did you do that? What did you like about that activity?

How do you encourage your child’s creativity? We would love to hear what you think is important. Please share your ideas on our Facebook page.

Designer Trade Marks

Don’t forget when you design or create amazing work it is important to protect your ideas from being copied and to be able to show that your inventions and creations are unique to you. The Intellectual Property Office is doing a great job at educating young people about the importance of patents, copyright and trademarks with their Shaun the Sheep Cracking Ideas Challenge. (Find out more here)

We have been delighted to have been working in collaboration with the IP office to deliver some fantastic workshops across the country this week, designing fantastic forms of transport to help Shaun get back to the farm. (See some of the fantastic creations here)

We have been asking the children to think how would they protect their designs.

A Trade Mark protects the words, names, symbols, sounds or colours that symbolise products or services.

If you were to design a logo to be trademarked what symbols, words, colours etc. would you use to represent yourself and your designs?

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Don’t forget to enter our Cracking Ideas Competition by sharing a photo of your trademark or creation on The Creation Station Facebook Page with the hashtag #CrackingIdeasCreation

Want to draw Shaun the Sheep?

Join the Creation Station as we work in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Office exploring Aardman Animations’ Shaun the Sheep in our creative sessions this week.

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>> Download your Learn How to Draw Shaun Activity Sheet

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>> Download your Design your own Shaun Activity Sheet

We would love to see your Baaa-rilliant artwork so please share on The Creation Station Facebook Page with the hashtag #CrackingIdeasCreation