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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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Fantastic experience

Fantastic experience and service from Lisa at creation station. Lisa worked with our business to help deliver lots of fun for corporate family day. The workshops and activities were excellent and the kids had a wonderful time and experience. Even wih a large outdoor adventure park available the kids were drawn and immersed in all the fun creative activities. Highly recommend for any event.

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Marvelous mess!

Alison is great. We always have a good time at creation station with crafts, mess and toys. Professional and friendly. Highly recommended

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outstanding class birthday party for my seven year old daughter

I attended a creation station birthday party a year ago and was so impressed I decided I would like a similar party for my daughter. Yat was brilliant from my first contact with her months in advance of the date. She gave me thorough information, advice on venue hire, and a variety of craft formats to choose from. My daughter and her friends had an amazing time, including the boys from her class who were a bit dubious in advance but went home afterwards buzzing. Yat and her energetic, warm colleagues were marvellous ... they played fun music throughout, and engaged all the children in high quality novel crafts. Yat guided me as a first time party host expertly. The party ran like clockwork. Yat developed a fantastic rapport with my daughter and was wonderful with all the children. A highlight was a fun musical party game after the party food, which the children loved. It was a joy to watch. My daughter will never forget her first proper birthday party, she is still talking about it and we have beautiful photographs, crafts and memories to keep. Thanks to Yat and her team, it was magical for our daughter and for us, an experience and memory we will always treasure.

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22nd Jul

So much to do!

So much to do!! My daughter and I had a wonderful time making pirate things and can't beleieve how many pieces of art work we came home with! Lovely immersive experience and Alexandra is wonderful with kids. They all were absorbed in her story telling and the interactive treasure chest activity at the end. Thoroughly recommend this!

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Working with The Creation Station and more specifically Sandra Steele was a joy and a pleasure. From the very first enquiries through the briefing process and on to the final event, nothing was too much trouble. Real thought and consideration was given to the size of the group, the different age range Sandra would need to work with and her complete flexibility meant switching days at the very last minute and extending the time she was on site. It is with absolute pleasure we provide a 5 star rating to Sandra and The Creation station and would highly recommend her.

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21st Jul

My son loves it

We've been to creation station for almost a year now, my son still loves it. He gets to be creative and I don't have to clean up the mess, which is a bonus. Emma is great with all the children. Highly recommend this activity from a young age, learn about textures, colours, shapes etc.

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We have been utterly delighted with the huge contribution that this has made to our after school provision. Expertly planned and fabulously run, I’d recommend them to anyone.

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Nicki (creation station Bath) was brilliant. Highly recommend the slime making activity.... kept 10 8 year old girls very entertained and happy!

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Absolutely loved it!

Absolutely loved it!

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Flamingo story and craft

The session started on time and felt like there was a structure to it. My only thing was that the room felt like small for the age range of the children. The group leader explained she’d be doing baby only sessions in the future but currently 6 months to 5 years. This puts me off booking future sessions, for now.