Cracking Shaun the Sheep Creative Sessions

logo-cracking-challenge (1)We are delighted to have teamed up with the Intellectual Property Office and the Aardman Animations – ‘Wallace and Gromit Cracking Ideas Challenge’, to run hands on ‘Shaun the Sheep’ themed creative sessions. These will take place across the country during the week commencing the 4th May 2015.

The fun sessions will inspire children from aged 6 months – 11 years as they come up with their own inventions and explore their imagination whilst learning about the importance of protecting designs, trade marks and inventions. You and your child will create a own Shaun the Sheep character as well as designing and making a form of transport to help Shaun and his friends get back to the farm. Your contraption could take the flock by road, rail, sea or air, using innovative materials, or ways to power your contraption. The sessions will be jam packed with lots of creative activities plus fun themed ideas to take home and continue to inspire imaginations and nurture each child’s creativity.

All the children have the fantastic opportunity to enter their inventions into a national competition to win a selection of brilliant prizes. To enter simply upload an image of your creation to the The Creation Station Facebook Page with the hashtag #CrackingIdeasCreation. Children can enter the competition even if they haven’t being able to attend the workshops.

Come along and join the fun, places are limited for these fun hands on workshops so visit www.thecreationstation.co.uk for details of local venues and don’t miss out on your place.

Teach your child to use scissors

It is sometimes a daunting thought allowing your child to use scissors for the first time, so we have put together some tops tips for helping you to guide your child to safely use scissors and have some fun at the same time.

 

cutting station

 

Looking for a way to control the mess? – How about setting up your cutting activity like this.

Fancy a pair of loop scissors or spring scissors to help your child learn how to cut?

>>Pop over to our online store. 

Create Club makes the headlines

create club logoLovely to see some lovely articles in the papers recently about Creation Station’s Create Club sessions which run after school and in the holiday for children aged 5-11 years.

Each term the sessions focus on a different theme. This term focuses on a magical journey of discovery around the world, learning about different art from a range of cultures. The children receive a fun and educational hands on experience to explore new materials and techniques.

But don’t take it from us, here are what some of the children think of the sessions in Waterlooville:

create club jo an john

Does this sound like something your child would be interested in? Contact us to find out if there is a Create Club near you.

A little colouring goes a long way…

At the Creation Station we love to celebrate colouring outside the lines and creating collages form all sorts of object. There are so many positive processes in creative activities and that’s why it’s so important to support children to explore and develop their imagination and creativity. We were interested to see this this article on how colouring in is very important to adults….

Did you know that adults are turning to colouring in in order to relieve stress after it was proven to alleviate tension.

>> Check out at this article in the Telegraph.

Why not have a go yourself with this seaside activity sheet and let the waves and the sandcastle distract you for 5 minutes.

seaside snip

Download your Activity Sheet Here

What’s your favourite children’s book?

As World Book Day comes round again on the 5th March, we got thinking at Creative Hub about our favourite children’s book, suggestions like the Hungry Caterpillar, In the Night Garden, Mr Men and many more came to mind.

What is yours and your child’s favourite book?

Books are a fantastic way to inspire the imagination of a child. Ask your child questions about the books they read or the ones you read together. What are their favourite bits of the story? How do they imagine the characters to look and act? How would they change the ending or the beginning? It is always great to hear their fantastic and imaginative – though be it sometimes totally obsurd- responses.

We have put together a short book review template to help you discover more about the books you and your child read.

book review

Download your Book Review Template here.

What Chinese Zodiac are you?

This week sees the celebrations of Chinese New Year. Each year celebrates a different animal, this year will be the Year of the Goat/Sheep (depending on translation).

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These animal signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It is calculated according to the Chinese lunar calendar.

Which symbol is representative of your birth year and your child’s? Is the description accurate?

chinese animals

Fancy making your own Chinese Dragon to celebrate the New Year?

Find instructions and templates for your Dragon here.

15 and a half Boredom Buster Ideas

Bordedom bueterDownload your FREE Boredom Buster Booklet today!

So its the school holidays and you are in need of some activities to keep the little ones entertained. Don’t worry we have it sorted. We have put together some fun and easy activities why not try out some of the ones below. If you are looking for more simply download your Boredom Buster Booklet with 15 and a half ideas to make the holiday lots of fun. Number 1 Number 4 Number 14 >> If you fancy a printed Boredom Buster Booklet plus 20 activity sheets and your very own special Creation Station folder for just £4.99 click here.