Painting, glueing and making things are great for children, they promote confidence, problem solving abilities and creativity – the cleaning up part alas is not quite so well received. If you want your Arts and Crafts to be relaxed, enjoyable, well planned and thought out and even in line with pre-birth to three and Curriculum for excellence guidelines then you don`t need to look any further.
Claudia Watt, 27, a local mum to three has launched The Creation Station in East Dunbartonshire. “I am thrilled to be part of a constantly growing franchisee network providing Arts and Crafts to now well over 40.00 children all across the UK. I have already met so many lovely, creative kids and the sessions we hold at Cairns Church are great fun. It is amazing to see the little ones progress and evolve in even a short amount of time, and the smiles on their faces when the magic box comes out… priceless!”
Baby Discovery, being one of the main products, has only recently been launched across the UK and already the feedback from mums and dads is fantastic. The sessions for 3-18month olds help to promote bonding as well as they give parents a valuable break in their daily routine and let them treasure the experience of Baby`s first “work of art” in a relaxed, hassle free environment.
“When you have to deal with tons of laundry, bottles and nappies you don`t want to clean up anything you could have avoided! That`s where we come in handy. We provide parents and carers with the opportunity to do and try things they wouldn`t usually at home. And afterwards we clean it all up again and they will even have something nice they have made together to take home”.
Claudia continues “At the beginning of every session we talk about things that Baby has learned or done during the week and it is just lovely to be around like-minded people. Even though there is some work involved for me, I absolutely love these classes and it is brilliant to get to know all the kids and sometimes I even get a hug or a great, gloopy, gluey high five.”
Another main factor are the Little Explorer classes for 1-5year olds. With the “texture term” currently under way the kids are encouraged to experience rough, smooth, gloopy, bumpy and scrunchy things.
Every week stands under a different topic and brings something new and exciting to get involved in. How about 10 under 5`s trying out what sandpaper feels like when used to fingerpaint on or, a week later, jumping up and down on a huge sheet of bubble wrap?!
The atmosphere is relaxed and the general idea “there is no right or wrong” seems to work brilliantly with the children and gives them lots of freedom to develop their own ideas.
Birthday Parties (“Arty Party”) and Event Entertainment are another strong point in the organisations port folio and Claudia will be taking part at the “Bright Futures” event held at Kelvingrove Art Galleries at the 23rd of September where The Creation Station will have a dedicated Arts and Crafts room, providing everyone with some free activities.
The event features Taster sessions of a wide range of developmentally beneficial activities provided by businesses in Scotland that are focused on supporting families and helping child development; from caring and feeding through to learning. “I am really looking forward to taking part and introducing our concept to even more people. The fact that we have been allocated our own dedicated room is just stunning. I hope to be doing more events in future so this is the best start I could hope for.”
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