Go back to school in style

Here are some fun ideas to make your own funky creations to personalise your stationary and pencil cases or bags.

To make your pencil toppers you will need:

Have a go at making some of your own fab pencil topper pals. What different characters can you create?

Pencil Pals

We would love to see photos of your creations, please share them on our Facebook page or email hello@thecreationstation.co.uk.

Did you love making your pencil toppers why not have a go at some designer key rings.

You will need:

keyrings

You can find all the products you need to make these fab creations on www.thecreationstationstore.co.uk.

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Is your child starting school this year?

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Here are some top tips to help ease the transition for you and your child.

Before they start school…

  • Ask them what questions they have about school.
  • Let them know what to expect from the first few days.
  • Encourage them to talk to other children and to take all concerns to a grown up, they shouldn’t be worried about speaking up about anything no matter how small.
  • Teach them to recognise their own name, they may not be able to read or write but they will need to recognise their name to find their coat peg, tray etc. Write their name out and type it out, then stick those up for them to see so they can still recognise it in different styles. Ask them to find their name amongst lots of other words. Make it fun and turn it into a game.
  • In the build up for the first week try to practice the routine with bed times and mornings. Try doing a couple of sit down activities at the table to start to get them used to sitting in a classroom. This could be reading a book together or doing some drawings.

On the day…

  • Stay only as long is necessary, once they feel comfortable it is time to go. The quicker you leave the easier it will be for them to settle down and understand the environment without you.
  • Try not to cry in front of your child as this could upset and confuse them, especially as you’ve been telling them how great big school is and that they will love it! If needed, say goodbye and go and have a good cry outside with a friend!
  • Say hello to the other parents and arrange a meet up, you could maybe go for a coffee straight away. All the other parents are in the same boat as you and also feeling a little unsure, they will be looking to make friendships too. It’s just as important to build solid relationships with the other parents as it is for the kids to become friends, after all, you will probably be around each other for many years if the class moves through the school together.

Going forward…

  • Ask your child every day what they did at school, encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings and retell what they have learnt, this helps them to process information and embed it in their mind.
  • Keep some of the best drawings and photos of the projects your child completes, in a “My First Year of School” scrapbook, which both you and your child could write in together. They can add more of their own writing and drawing as their ability develops, which in itself will be a fantastic record of achievement! Be sure to add the photo of them on their first day and finish off with another on their last day. They will have grown so much and it will be a lovely memory keepsake of this very special time in their life!

We would love to hear all about your child’s first day. Share your stories on our Facebook page.

6 Creation Station Top Tips To Avoid The ‘Holiday Car Journey Nightmare’ With The Family

family in a car with logoAfter years of travelling with our three boys on exciting trips and holidays… I feel quite an expert on travelling with them being squashed in the back of the car and traffic jams and, I will admit, reverting to ‘If you don’t stop arguing we will cancel the holiday and go home’. So here are 5 tips that have helped my family and I stay almost sane on the journey.

‘Who Am I?’ – The Sticky Note Game
  1. On a sticky note write the name of a person or character that everyone else will know i.e.; The queen, a famous singer, a TV character etc.,
  2. Give the sticky note to one person to pop it on their forehead without them seeing the writing.
  3. They have to ask 20 questions to guess who they are.

Instead of writing a person you could have a picture of “A food item” or “An activity we will do on holiday’.

Create Your Own Car Bingo
  1. Think of 12 things you might see on your journey. It could be traffic cones, 50 miles speed limit, yellow car, birds, etc.
  2. Draw a table on a piece of paper and draw or write these items in each square to create a bingo card.
  3. Give each child a copy of the bingo card and see who can spot these items on the journey and get the first line filled in, and who will get a full house?

Top Tip – you could involve the children in preparing the cards before you go so they are already thinking about the game and looking forward to the activity in the car. Activity Sheets are available to download. 

Creative Car Registration Story
  1. Using the last 3 letters of a car registration plate that you see, each person has to think of three words that ‘almost makes sense’ i.e; RNE – really naughty elephant.
  2. Then the next person has to try to do the same with another car registration and to make a story i.e. WTP – Went to The Pizza shop.
  3. You can decided the rules of how many additional words you can add in, but it can create really funny and weird stories!
Super Story Starters
  1. Have a bag of words or pictures. These can be created before the journey as an activity for the children i.e; on approx. 50 different pieces of card draw or stick a picture of places, food, characters etc.
  2. Pop all the pieces in a bag and pass the bag round to allow each child to take one out of the bag and to create a story around the theme.
  3. Pass the bag to the next child and ask them to add to the story with the picture they selected.

Activity Sheets are available to download. 

In my suitcase I packed…
  1. Someone starts with the phrase “In my suitcase I packed…” and then the next person has to repeat what they said and add another item in.
  2. The game continues with every person having to remember what the previous person said and adding an extra item. For example – In my suitcase I packed a towel, a hair brush, a cuddly toy etc.
Points mean prizes

mini trphieWhen having these games it helps to have some prizes. It could be an ice-cream voucher, or first choice of the bed in your accommodation, or just a special treat that you know your child will love. This will help with the excitement and boredom in the car and help make a enjoyable journey for everyone.

We hope you find this helpful, have a fantastic trip.

Sarah

Activity templates are available to download for free from www.thecreationstationstore.co.ukFree Activity Downloads.

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Are you going on a Road Trip this Summer?

Looking for some fun and engaging games to play on those long car journeys over the holidays? How about playing some Car Bingo along the way or even creating your own Story Starters to get your imagination going. These can be prepped before the journey or you can add your magical drawings as part of your journey.

Car Bingo 

car bingo

1.  Cut out the Bingo cards from the free download

2.  Think of 12 Items you will come across on a car journey – this could be a tree, traffic lights, a bus etc.

3.  Draw each of your items in a box on your bingo card.

4.  Set off on your journey and cross off each item as you see it.

Who will be the first to complete a line? Will you be able to cross off all of your items?

>>> Print out your Bingo Cards here

Story Starters

Create your own imaginative adventures with your story starters. Design your story discs to inspire exciting stories as you pick each one out of the bag. Draw a design on each disc, it can be an object, a character, a place, whatever you think will fun to include in your stories.

How to use your story starters:

– Create your own story using the inspiration discs, picking out one at a time and continuing your story.

– Take it in turns to add to one epic story, each picking out a disc and making up part of a story linked to the image in front of you.

– Can you pick out a story starter and describe what it remind you of? Can you think of any smells or sounds that are linked to the picture? Can you remember any stories that are related to the picture on your disc? For example if I was to pick out a picture of a tree it reminds me of fields and countryside but also of a really blustery Autumn walk with my Mum, where the leaves were flying everywhere.

– There are so many things you could do with your story starters we couldn’t have thought of all of them. How else do you think you could use them?

story starters

>>> Download your Road Games Template Here

EYFS Creative Resources To Help Nurseries and Childcare Providers

eyfs resources 2The Creation Station are passionate about supporting proactive nurseries to now access extra resources to help inspire children. The Creation Station has developed EYFS linked art & craft resources and ideas to help inspire children and support staff in childcare settings.

Child care organisations can now benefit from the EYFS linked resources developed by the UK’s leading art & crafts experience provider, The Creation Station. With over 150,000 children and families inspired  the Creation Station have a  wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

Resources and activities are designed to engage children, support staff and help with time and cost management of arts & crafts based activities.

To find out more, simply complete this form and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

At Home Parenting with Jo Frost

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