Why Imagination And Creativity is Important For Your Child

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As one of the founders of the children’s activity association and having achieved the gold standard, we understand the importance of safe, positive and engaging activities to support your children’s development.

With the squeeze on creativity in our education system, it’s even more crucial that we support our children to be creative and imaginative. As a parent, we want to ensure our children have a solid foundation to help them grow develop and blossom. Starting creative activities at a young age and continuing through childhood, can support your child in all the key areas of their development. That’s what we are passionate about at Creation Station. providing your peace of mind and your child positive and engaging activities to help them explore, discover and develop at a rate and pace that sparks their own imagination and creative journey of learning.

We were approached by blogger Jennifer from arTeacherJB who loves what we do here at The Creation Station and has kindly written a blog for us about the importance of creativity and how it can help with your child’s development.

Every parent wants to ensure that their child gets off to the right start in life. Starting at a young age and continuing through their childhood, we should try to encourage children to be imaginative and creative. This will help your child with their learning development.

Every parent wants to ensure that their child gets off to the right start in life. Starting at a young age and continuing through their childhood, we should try to encourage children to be imaginative and creative. This will help your child with their learning development.

Imagination is something we all have and is essential in our lives whether it be at work or home. Children develop an imagination very early on and it is the start of the process that will define them as a person. Raising Children list the key benefits learnt through imagination as: fostering creative, expressing emotions, communications skills, coordination and motor skills, and problem-solving. How a child develops these skills is down to time dedicated to being imaginative and creative.

Children love to pretend that they are something they see on television or read about in books. Events such as the recent Olympics are a great way to fire up a child’s imagination and for a parent to encourage them to perhaps take part in something new. Here on Creative Fun we wrote a post on creating a children’s crafty medal. This is a great activity to do with your children to use in role-play such as winning the Olympics. This combines a child’s imagination with real-world goals and could inspire them in the future. Creative Fun recognizes that children need to have their creativity and imagination nurtured.

The Creative Fun helps inspire children by running fun creative classes that help them develop their imagination. We even organize events such as the kid zone for the Olympics at Hyde Park where hundreds of families came to have fun and learn. These types of events help improve child’s creativity because they get involved with other children who are also involved in the experience. Visit The  Creation Station website to find local classes, book group events or learn how to get your child inspired to ignite their creativity.jen-blog-2

As parents, we want to encourage our children in the best way we can. Bright Horizons state that parents can often intentionally or unintentionally hinder their child’s imagination. The example they give is if your child says that they drank purple milk from a purple cow the natural reaction is to correct the child because we are afraid that they don’t understand what is real. What the parent might not understand is that the child knows that a cow is not purple and is instead enjoying their imagination. The site goes on to quote Susan Engel Ph.D. who informs that children aged two and a half understand the distinction between real and pretend and that when in play mode the real becomes unimportant.

Child Care Quarterly believes that parents should tailor their child’s creativity to their age. For example, toddlers are still learning about shapes and colours so it is best to encourage them to do activities that involve drawing and colouring. Pre-schoolers are more engaged with symbols and sequences. This includes activities such as dance and collaboration with other children. All creative work for children is beneficial but it is possible to help your child’s development by engaging them in certain activities based on their age.

It is important that children are encouraged to be creative in different ways. Toosta believes that children’s clothes and activities should not be separate at a young age as they believe that the gender stereotypes are not beneficial and that girls benefit from football and boys from sewing. By broadening your child’s activities beyond what is considered the normal, parents will be broadening their child’s creative capabilities.

One of the best ways to get your children to be creative is to join in with them. Help Guide states that not only will playing with our child help their development it will also make the bond between parent and child stronger. One tip they suggest is to make your child take the lead in the game. This will let them use their imagination in different ways, as they have to explain to you the rules or the world they are imagining.

Imagination is fundamental for your child’s development. All children have imaginations but it is up to the parent to make sure that it is encouraged. A child needs to be guided in life and sometimes this means accepting that they drank purple milk from a purple cow.

Exclusively written for The Creation Station
by arTeacherJB

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The Creation Station Parties are fantastic for children who have already ‘seen it all!’ says Grandma Ruth

We asked parents who have recently had an Arty Party with us, a few questions as to why we were chosen for their child’s birthday parties. This is what Grandma Ruth has to say: 

Grandma Ruth said “The party was hosted by 94-year-old great-grandma Nellie who is a hugely enthusiastic party-giver (she thought it was brilliant). I was an art & design lecturer, now I work as a consultant in health and social care. Between my partner and I we have 12 grandchildren and step grandchildren ranging in ages from under one year to 22.”

Why did you choose an arts and crafts party?

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“The children have all been to themed parties and disco parties previously, which have worked well in the past.  But at 8-years old we wanted Maya to have something that would involve her and her friends more directly. She was also keen on having an ‘animal’ theme which was a bit beyond us! Something different, something arty, something that would work for 8-year olds who go to lots of parties and have already ‘seen it all!‘”

What were the key factors for you to consider when choosing and booking a party entertainer?

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“We really wanted something different, something arty and something that would work for 8-year olds who go to lots of parties and have already ‘seen it all!’.”

What was the highlight of the party for your child? And for you?

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“It was all superb but the highlight was probably the pleasure the children took in creating their own arts and crafts items…they were really proud of what they had done.”

Why did you choose a Creation Station party?

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“The range of options to choose from and the possibility of a tailor-made party – my granddaughter wanted an animal theme and that’s exactly what she got! We also needed something that would work in a small house with 12 children and The Creation station were really flexible and helped us plan the best way to set up the party.” 

 

 

How did the Creation Station Party stand out from other party entertainers that you have booked?

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“It wasn’t just entertainment; the kids were really involved (one decided to stay and finish her clay animal rather than going to eat!) and engaged in the activities.”

 

 

Thank you, Ruth for choosing The Creation Station to be a part of your granddaughters special day 🙂

To find your local birthday party entertainer click here or email us here at Creative Hub, with your postcode and we will put you in touch with your nearest Creation Station leader, email hello@thecreationstation.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you and being part of your child’s special day 🙂

Fun And Creative Birthday Party Entertainment

 

Since 2002 parents have trusted The Creation Station to provide professional, high quality and fun party entertainment for the special day in their life’s – their child’s birthday, and we have felt privileged to share the special celebration.

Our Arty Birthday Parties have been voted ‘5 star’ and ‘Excellent’ by parents on TrustPilot. You can read the reviews here.

My 6 year old son had a Creation Station party, and it was very well organised from start to finish. All of the children loved it and a number of the parents commented on how well run it was and what a great idea it was for a birthday party! The children were completely absorbed in the activities and were thrilled to take home their creations at the end of it. Would highly recommend!-deb-eview

 

What’s Included In An Arty Birthday Party

The party starts with the children discovering the secrets of the magic ideas box. Each child goes on a creative adventure to design at least two or three unique creative masterpieces, using a wide range of materials and tools provided. Every child returns proudly home with their amazing artworks in their own personalized party bag.

**SPECIAL NOVEMBER OFFER**

  • Paint and collage your own wooden treasure box and create your own clay sparkly creations
  • Free Party bags packed with each child’s own unique creations
  • Free Party invitations
  • Your child is free
  • Plus your child will receive a Free fab box or craft pack worth £20
  • To make the creative fun last longer, you also receive two free class vouchers for your child and friend worth over £10.
  • Plus you have the option to receive a third activity, create a mini canvas masterpiece usually £60 for just £30.

To redeem this offer please book your party with a £50 deposit and use the code “superparty” by the end of November and the party can take place within 12 months. Please note we do get booked up very quickly for parties so this offer is subject to availability. We look forward to being part of the special day.

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Colour & Create Your Own Cool Queen’s Corgi

For most of us a birthday comes once a year, but like Paddington bear our monarch Queen Elizabeth has 2 birthdays and this year is celebrating her 90th year with 8 official days of fun entertainment, from street parties to concerts.

So here’s a few fun facts that you might not know about our #Queenat90 –

  1. Her Majesty is well known for her love of corgis, having received her first one as an 18th birthday present named Susan.
  2. The Queen once invented a new breed of dog called the ‘dorgi’ after she mated her pet corgi with one of Princess Margaret’s dachshunds. The dorgi was named chipper, however, he was killed after The Queen Mother’s dog attacked him.
  3. On the topic of dogs, Her Majesty once demoted a royal footman after it was discovered he had been getting the corgis drunk by mixing whisky and gin to their food and water.

As a respect of her love of the Corgi we have created this fun activity download for your child to enjoy.

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Follow our blog for more exciting activity ideas to do at home to help inspire your child.

We would love to see your creations so please upload them with #creationstation to our Facebook or Twitter for your chance to win the monthly goodies.

Book A Fun Filled Arty Birthday Party.

Do you have a child’s birthday coming soon?  Since 2002 parents have trusted The Creation Station to provide professional, high quality and fun party entertainment for most special day in their life’s – their child’s birthday, and we have felt privileged to share the special celebration.

Arty Birthday Parties have been voted ‘5 star’ and ‘Excellent’ by parents on TrustPilot. You can read the reviews here.

The girls had a fantastic time as did their 16 friends all enjoyed the glitter and jewels canvas’s and it was great to be able to take home a personalized treat. Lisa was brilliant, well equipped with every little girls favourite glitter, jewels, beads and more. She was incredibly patient ensuring they all achieved the “look” they were after. I would thoroughly recommend for a party.- stars.JPG

What’s Included In An Arty Birthday Party  

The party starts with the children discovering the secrets of the magic ideas box. Each child goes on a creative adventure to design at least two or three unique creative masterpieces, using a wide range of materials and tools provided. Every child returns proudly home with their amazing artworks in their own personalised party bag.

Each party includes the following;

  • Hands on creative quality art & craft activities.
  • At least 2 unique masterpieces for each child to take home.
  • Invitations included.
  • Personalised party bags done for you.
  • Different packages available to suit your budget.
  • Suitable for girls and boys and mixed ages too.You can rest assured of a professional service because we are passionate about making your child’s day really special for them plus your party leader is trained, DBS checked and holds a first aid qualification.561270_406271929401370_600405825_n

1384271_712122922149601_1662684897_n**SPECIAL APRIL OFFER**

  • Book your party before 30th April 2016 and receive a free personalised canvas for your child. PLUS you will be entered into our monthly draw to win £50.00’s worth of Creation Station craft goodies.
  • Please note the date of your actual party can be within the next 12 months. Parties do get booked up quickly so please contact us earlier rather than later to avoid disappointment.
  • To find your local birthday party entertainer  click here  or email us here at Creative Hub, with your postcode and we will put you in touch with your nearest Creation Station leader, email hello@thecreationstation.co.uk
  • Follow and like our Facebook page. and Twitter Page We hope you find this helpful.

Release the celebration magic

Celebrate this festive season in style with your very own super balloon powered party popper. Guess what….. it is so much better than normal party poppers as you can use it again and again and make it personalised!! party popper

Download your Party Popper Activity sheet here.

We love to see photos of all your amazing creations! Please share them with us on The Creation Station Ltd Facebook.

Free £30 worth of craft goodies when you book a Creation Station birthday party

Free £30 worth of craft goodies when you book a Creation Station birthday party for your child before October.

Does your child have a birthday coming up? Want to make their big day extra special?

Ask your local Creation Station about their special craft give away when you book a brilliant 2 hour birthday party. Limited availability to the first 10 to book at each local Creation Station – These are going fast so do enquire today! T&C’s apply.

 

Our Arty Party entertainment is the perfect hassle-free, affordable solution for special celebrations.

Give your child a fun, creative experience to enjoy with their friends. More than just a simple event, our craft-making parties entertain and inspire too. Our parties are tailored around your child and great fun for you too, giving you less to do. Your arty party entertainer will also provide the invitations and party bags. Perfect!

All the children are inspired to create at least two original art pieces to take home and our art parties all include painting, modelling, making, sculpting, and crafting. Of course, music, dancing and games are provided too!

>>Read what happy mums and dads have said about our parties.

Contact your local Creation Station to find out more details and book your child’s fantastic arty party today.