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

Calling all budding Inventors and Creators

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As the Creation Station are working in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Office this week using Aardman Animation’s Shaun the Sheep in our creative workshops, we are calling all budding creators to take part in the national Cracking Ideas Design Challenge.

Shaun’s Cracking Ideas Design Challenge is a national programme calling “young innovators” across the UK to design a cracking contraption to transport Shaun and his friends back to the farm after they get stranded in the big city.

Your contraption could take the flock by road, rail, sea or air, using innovative materials, or ways to power your contraption. Shaun’s Cracking Ideas Design Challenge aims to teach children all about intellectual property, and the important role it plays in protecting designs, trade marks and inventions.

There are oodles of prizes to be won and for the under fives The Creation Station are providing a Creativity hamper worth £75. To enter simply upload your image to The Creation Station facebook page and use the hashtag #CrackingIdeasCreation 

Come along to one of our creative sessions being held across the country this week and take part with our Cracking Ideas activities.

>> Find your local Creation Station here.

Cracking Ideas Design Challenge Competition Form_edited-2Can’t come to a session this week? Do not fear, the competition is open until 24th July so you can enter by posting a picture on the Creation Station Facebook Page or print out your Cracking Ideas Design Challenge Competition Form and post to:

Shaun’s Cracking Ideas Design Challenge
Intellectual Property Office
Newport, NP20 1ZZ

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #CrackingIdeasCreation when sharing your creations on social media.

>> Competition closes 24th July so get cracking!

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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 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 stationLooking 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:

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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.

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