Chance to WIN a festive FAB box or Creative goody Pack!

Is your child excited about Christmas? Help build that excitement with creating their own Christmas card designs. The more festive the better! Entering their design to our Christmas card competition will give them a chance to win one of our fantastic festive FAB boxes or a Creative Christmas pack .

Share your designs on our Facebook page and on Twitter following #CreationStation

The closing date is Thursday 10th December.


Win a Child’s Creation Station Splashsuit or Painting Coat

Grab your chance to win a fantastic splashsuit or a painting overall.  To enter, just ‘like’ the post on our Creative Hub Facebook page win splashsuitand tell us in the comments below your favourite daily activity you do with your baby or toddler?
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 22nd November & all entries will placed into a prize draw, with the winners announced by 6pm on Monday 23rd November. Good Luck everyone.


Are you a Children in Need Hero?

children in need v 2At Creative Hub we have been busy baking some yummy treats to raise money for Children in Need. What exciting activities have you got planned to help raise awareness and funds for BBC Children in Need? We would love to hear all about your fund raising adventures!

Its not too late to join the superhero theme of this years appeal. Create your own Superhero mask and profile here.

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Decorate your very own Pudsey #pudsey


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It’s not just messy play

nicki smithby Nicki Smith, Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Bath

These days, as parents, we are constantly bombarded with terms like messy play, creative play, heuristic play or sensory play but what’s wrong with plain old play?
As a daily provider of creative play, I actually get a bit narked about others belittling the job I do. I have been doing it for over 3 years (which is a long time in kid years!) and I reckon I know the value of creative play in all its forms.

Nicole Norman babyChildren play. It’s what they are good at. It’s what comes naturally to them. Most of us parents know and appreciate that. Sometimes it may feel that the government, LEAs, OFSTED or other institutions like to ignore it but even they would admit (I hope) that children learn best through play in Early Years.

Creativity is the ability to challenge, question and explore. It involves taking risks, playing with ideas, keeping an open mind and making connections where none are obvious – Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood.

Creative play is just one way that young children learn and develop. My personal definition of creative play involves drawing, painting, glueing, cutting, collage, modelling, making but most of all, using their awesome imaginations as a natural starting point.

Okay, that’s quite an adult definition but creativity in early childhood has been proven to bring benefits to the child and help them to gain skills:

  • Maths skills – through involvement in arts and crafts, children will gain knowledge and familiarity of shapes, sizes, measuring, sorting and patterns. As they get older, they will begin to include problem-solving skills in their creations: ‘Is this too much paint?’; ‘Will this tool do what I want it to do?’; ‘If I cut this here, will it make the shape I want?’
  • Science skills – in art projects, children learn basic science skills: colour mixing; using different textures for different outcomes.
  • Physical skills – Creative play develops fine motor skills through cutting, drawing, painting, threading, colouring within the lines. One minute, they may be scribbling, but the next, that pencil is forming letters and numbers. ‘Mark making’ (the PC term for scribbling!) is a milestone for muscle control and hand-eye coordination.
  • Emotional and social skills – Art provides the child with an incredible opportunity to express themselves. It is accepted that emotionally healthy children are often those who have an outlet for their emotions and thoughts. Art classes and activities also allow little ones the chance to interact with others and experience group dynamics and the different thoughts and interests of others.

And creative play in babies can be even more important. Playing with materials such as sand, water or paint have been shown to develop thought and creativity in little ones. Encouraging curiosity and exploration is so beneficial for our babes.

The important thing to remember is that no end product is necessary for any age group, in fact the act of exploring and playing is where the learning and development are focused. Who cares what they make as long as they have had fun.

We shouldn’t underestimate how shared creative play strengthens the bond between parent and child. Having fun together creates memories. Allowing your child to explore whilst you are present instils a sense of security in the child to have fun, explore new things. A whole lot of thoughts and theory? True, but I have seen the truth in this too.

nicki blogI have seen the most shy, socially uncomfortable little boy (who used to try to escape during class!) blossom in confidence and stature as his ideas and imagination were noticed and valued. I have seen little ones living with autism, cerebral palsy and other disabilities thrive on the chance to join in activities on an equal footing and watched their individual talents soar. I have also noticed with pride as my own children’s imaginations have developed and their skills started to become obvious.

Creative play is accessible to all.

Shush, don’t tell anyone but I really don’t like doing lots of arts and crafts at home with my kids. I struggle enough to keep the house tidy without adding to the chaos. However, creative play doesn’t have to be messy. Creative play is story-telling, music, performance just as much as it is paint, glue, glitter and clay.

Some people are happy to strip their kids off and let them redecorate the bathroom with poster paints. Some people start to convulse at the idea of play-dough. Some people are more creative and inspirational everyday than I have the energy to even think about. Some people need the comfort of arty sessions like Messy Play at Children’s Centres or The Creation Station.

Whatever you choose give your little one’s creativity the wings to soar. It’s not just messy play, you know.

>> You can find out more about Nicki’s classes or your local Creation Station here.

Join us to raise money for the Save the Children appeal in Syria

Come and join The Creation Station for some 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.


Join us for some creative fun in sessions across 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 we 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 visit

You can download the album by visiting 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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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

Inspire your toddler with LEGO® DUPLO® and The Creation Station

We have been having some great fun this week exploring LEGO®DUPLO® in our sessions. If you haven’t had chance to pop along to a session there is still time to check with your local Creation Station for availability. (Find your local Creation Station here).

LEGO®DUPLO® is a fantastic product for developing creativity and imagination with your child. Why not download these themed activity sheets and see if your child can create a story around the characters.

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Download Lego Duplo Activity Sheet Man                      Lego Duplo Activity Sheet Lady

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Lego Duplo Activity Sheet Chicken                  Lego Duplo Activity Sheet Cat

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Lego Duplo Activity Sheet Ice Cream

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Want to build your own LEGO®DUPLO® collection? Enter our fab competition for a chance to win a lovely hamper full of products. The contents may vary from the image below but will be to the value of £50.

>> Enter here

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Win a LEGO® DUPLO® Hamper with The Creation Station

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The Creation Station have partnered with LEGO® DUPLO® to offer fantastic exclusive creative sessions

Have you heard our fantastic news?

We have teamed up with LEGO® DUPLO® to run exclusive creative sessions and a fab competition. There will be four fantastic DUPLO hampers up for grabs worth over £50 each. One lucky winner will be announced each week on 28th September, 5th, 12th and 19th October. Pop over to The Creation Station Ltd Facebook page to find out who wins.

LEGO® DUPLO® toys stimulate creativity, encourage role play and conversation, and help towards developing motor skills in pre-school boys and girls aged 18 months to five years.  They are colourful, safe and sturdy and designed for small hands and big imaginations. With LEGO® DUPLO® little ones are guaranteed to have hours of fun, building and creating stories, whilst learning all the way. We are so excited to be running this competition.

At The Creation Station we are all about imagination and creativity. Our sessions allow children to explore, discover and develop through exploring a range of creative materials which this term will include LEGO® DUPLO®. (For more details of our creative LEGO® DUPLO® sessions click here)

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Win a LEGO DUPLO Hamper *contents may vary

How to enter:

You can enter The Creation Station LEGO® DUPLO® competition by sharing photos of your LEGO® DUPLO® inspired creations on social media with the hashtag #DUPLOcreation. 

These can be DUPLO® models or even craft activities inspired by LEGO® DUPLO®.

You can also enter the competition by clicking on this link.

Winners will be announced on Monday 28th September, 5th, 12th, and 19th October 2015 on Facebook.

So if you haven’t liked our Facebook yet click here.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The prize is suitable for aged 18 months – 5 years.
  • The prize is as stipulated and there is not an available alternative.
  • There is no limit to the amount of photos you can share to enter the competition.
  • Further terms and conditions

Want to enter the competition? Share your DUPLO® inspired photo here.

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