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10 Benefits of Attending a Weekly Children's Class

Creation Station | Arts and Craft Activities for Kids | Crafts | Events | Activities for Kids | Seasonal Activities for Kids | Parenting

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Last week, a lady got in contact with us and said, ‘Oh, I don’t like booking programmes of classes.  Little Freddie and I prefer to choose our activities as we go each week.  It’s okay to just drop in, I assume….?

As leading experts in child development, imagination and growth we know just how important it is to help your little one in any way you know how, and creativity is one of those areas where sometimes you just don't know how, or maybe just don't want the mess of an arts and crafts session. And sometimes you just don't have the time, we get it. But there are some benefits to joining a weekly class, for you and your little one, and here they are;

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  • Repetition – there is a reason why children’s classes often include rhymes, songs, dances and other mechanics that feature weekly in the sessions.  Learning by rote or repetition is an important step in your child’s development, whether it be ‘Row, row, the boat’ or the 8 times table!  The sense of achievement that can be seen on a child’s face when they master the ‘magic words’ is a special moment!  This happens surprisingly quickly when your child attends the classes on a weekly basis
  • Development of skills and learning – our classes, like many others, have a central theme each term.  Whether it’s exploring the colours of the rainbow or learning new shapes.  The term is designed to build upon the knowledge acquired as your child moves through each week, meaning that skipping weeks can leave a gap in their exploration.  Similarly, using the special tools used in class can aid your child in the acquisition of new skills, like cutting or mark making, which can be difficult to replicate at home.
  • Socialisation and forging friendships – nothing makes a class leader happier than hearing that class member, who met through their sessions, are meeting up for a playdate or a birthday party!  Meeting new people and being in a social environment can be a tough ask for some children, yet is such an important part of growing up.  Being in class on a weekly basis allows your child to interact with, work together with and form friendships with other children and their carers.  We encourage them to learn to share!!

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  • Peer support and advice – it’s not just the little ones that benefit from building friendships over the weeks, the adults are also able to find ‘like minds’ to share experiences, advice and maybe even the odd cuppa or glass of wine!
  • Creating hobbies and interests -  introducing your child to different weekly classes and allowing them time to ‘taste’ different activities can create the interest in hobbies and pastimes that will stay with them to adulthood.  Whether it is art, music, rugby or gymnastics, pursuing a hobby is great for mental wellbeing, for avoiding boredom and for creating future opportunities in life.
  • Routine – in a world that is fast-paced and can sometimes feel chaotic, having a sense of routine is a security blanket for many children and just as many adults!  In those early years of parenthood, committing to a weekly class, it gives you a reason to be out of the house at a certain time and a way to plan your day or week around that.  Indeed, it is said that 1 in 10 women suffer from Post Natal Depression after the birth of their child, a symptom of which is anxiety regarding leaving the home and avoidance of social situations.  Whilst it is a tough step, joining a supportive weekly class can help greatly in coping with these fears. Hannah, who has been bringing her daughter to classes since she was 5 months old, recently explained “I recommend you to any new mum I see, getting out of the house and doing Creation Station has helped me with PND and building the bond with Emma. Thank you so much…. Forcing myself to get out of the house and do stuff with my little girl was a big step but made 100% easier by you.”

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  • A set time for you both – as Hannah touched on above with her comment, bonding with your child is another benefit of doing activities together.  Whether they are your only child, or the younger/older sibling, having a special time set aside for doing things together is a powerful boost to your relationship.  And if it is set in the schedule, or marked on the calendar, there is always less chance of it being ‘postponed’!
  • Let someone else do the hard work! – let’s face it, no matter what our intentions or how busy our Pinterest boards look, it is always going to be easier to let someone else devise, prep and run an activity than to try and do it around your kitchen table!
  • Create journeys of exploration, discovery and development.  Unleash the wonder within your child.  As your child develops their skills, they are able to practice and further develop in a wide range of ares. The Creation Station classes are underpinned with the early years government education guidelines. These give your child a solid foundation for their further learning goals. Creative experiences develop a wide range of essential life skills that equip your child with a  solid platform for their next journey into school. The best way to develop these skills is by booking for the whole programme. 

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Marie
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Had a lovely time would definitely book…

Had a lovely time would definitely book again thank you

Nataliia
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Great class for children

Great class for children. They can play, make a lot of mess,but you don't need to clean after. My little boy really like it .

Jenna
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We had a great time and it was lovely…

We had a great time and it was lovely to have the opportunity to make some fab ‘First Christmas’ pieces with my little one.

Paula
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19th Nov

Really great atmosphere and evening

Really great atmosphere and evening. jen was amazing and the crafts superb. Many thanks, will hope to make the next one!

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19th Nov

Brilliant party!!!!!the children and…

Brilliant party!!!!!the children and adults really enjoyed my daughter’s birthday party!!!!!My daughter told me”I had the best party ever!!!” I highly recommend ????????

Tracey
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19th Nov

Lovely experience

Was a lovely afternoon. Nice and relaxing and amazing value for what we had (hot drink and cake included). Kelly was super friendly as well. Only thing I would say was that the venue was on the chilly side. When I was getting my little ones toes out for the footprints I found that he got cold quickly, ending up with a lot if snot appearing.

Victoria
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18th Nov

I would highly recommend this class

I would highly recommend this class. Gurjot is such a great teacher and made an immediate connection with my 1.5 year old daughter in the first class. My daughter didn’t like to get her hands and feet in the paint to start with, but by the third class, was enjoying it. The craft ideas are wonderful and the teaching was supportive and gentle. It’s also great to know that the materials are safe for kids. We really love the way Gurjot teaches and the effort she puts into making the classes and special craft making sessions a great fun learning experience for all. Thank you.

Ruth
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18th Nov

Had an enjoyable evening making xmas decorations thankyou.

Had an enjoyable evening making xmas decorations

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18th Nov

My little one had the best party - thank you!

My little one had the best party! Nakita was truly amazing. She kept the children engaged throughout, making it fun and inclusive for everyone and they all got to take home their lovely artwork. So many parents commented on what a fabulous party it was and how much they enjoyed it as well as the children. Would definitely recommend to anyone!

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Brilliant party

Brilliant party, enjoyed by all. Interactive, easy for parents, no mess and great crafts to take home. Would highly recommend