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9 Top Tips To Inspire Your Child!

Founder of the award-winning and most recommended arts and craft franchise The Creation Station and bestselling author and speaker, Sarah Cressall writes regular articles for Crafts Business', Creative Steps and Elite Franchise. 

Sarah shares nine tips to inspire your child.

Sarah Cressall

In a recent survey by the Sutton Trust over 56% of parents are worried about the impact on their child’s overall development or wellbeing.

Here are nine simple and easy ways to help your child develop and grow with a healthy and positive mindset.

Top tips for creative fun at home with your child

Since 2002 The Creation Station has provided weekly classes, clubs, parties and events for all ages, I’ve found that there is a process and activity for everyone. As Bananarama sang in their song ‘It ain’t what you do but the way that you do it and that’s what gets results’

This is so true with nurturing creativity.

Plus, creating handmade gifts is a fab way to save money and have fun too!

Beautiful handmade creations from The Creation Station

But where to start?

The great news is you don’t have to be an artist to help nurture children’s creativity. This is because the less we ‘interfere’ with our kids’ creations the more empowered they feel. When we take over, they naturally presume that we know what’s best and that their idea wasn’t good enough. Let’s face it, we can all feel like this at times and before we know it, we don’t make suggestions anymore as we feel our ideas are probably going to be ‘wrong’ or ‘not good enough’.

Our team of over 70 Creation Station franchise owners come from a wide range of backgrounds including managers, teachers, bankers, stay at home mums and crafters too. Together we inspired over a million children and adults and we have a really effective way to help inspire imaginations.

The amazing Creation Station family!

I’m delighted to share with you 9 Top tips to help you inspire your child’s imagination and nurture their creativity and potential:

  1. Creativity is often nurtured by challenges. Dr Seuss’s book ‘Green eggs and ham’ was developed as result of a challenge to create a book with less than 100 unique words. He went further and created this classic book with less than 50 unique words. By giving your child a challenge, you will get their creative juices flowing. It could be ‘make Auntie a Christmas present they will love using materials from round the house’ or ‘Create a design to use on our handmade Christmas cards’.Creative Christmas cards with The Creation Station
  2. Create the opportunity for them to make decisions. After your child has completed their first creative challenge, they could explore a range of other challenges. Other ways to develop their decision-making include doing part of an activity together. For example, collect some items from around the house together and ask, “What do you think you could do with these?” Children appreciate when their opinion is asked for and valued. See what ideas they come up with, then help them make it happen.
  3. Creative activities provide fun opportunities for different ages to enjoy together – As a mum to three boys I was always looking at things they could enjoy together. Giving them opportunities to collaborate on an idea and a plan, then let me know what their ideas were, proved to be a great way to get them chatting and helping each other. (Now my boys say their best friends are each other, so group collaborative projects can make a long-lasting impact). The Creation Station family fun workshops are a great example of this, often workshops will sell out within 24 hours of being released.Sharing creative experiences together with The Creation Station
  4. Don't ask ‘What is it?’ Tell me about ….’The answers you receive are a great insight into what they are thinking about and can generate some interesting conversations. What may look like a scribble or sea monster to you, could be a drawing of what you did at the weekend with lots of extra details that you may never know your child was thinking about.
  5. Allow them to fail. It is so easy to step in and take over. Yet we really do learn by making ‘mistakes. I believe to ‘FAIL’ is our First Attempt in Learning.  Allow them to own their successes and praise the process of how they overcame hurdles.
  6. Ask them what they think. Encourage their ideas rather than solving the question yourself. This can be very hard to do, especially if you are rushed!
  7. Turn off your phone and make the time matter. As busy parents it’s easy to think ‘they are busy now I’ll just...’ but by stopping and focusing on your time together you both grow and learn.Sharing quality time together
  8. Make eye contact. This might sound strange but your facial expressions, body language and smiles, all make your child feel loved, special and valued.
  9. Remember it is the journey not the destination that can really help your child grow through creative activities. This means giving your child the opportunity to experiment, explore, discover, play, think, problem solve, try, fail, learn and grow in self-esteem that is important, so don’t worry about the end result. Celebrate and praise all the positive things you have just shared together. 

Your child is unique, and they need to know that you value and love them for who they are.  Your contribution is not what you help your child make - but how you make them feel. You are giving your child so much more when you give them opportunities to be creative.

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Creation station was fantastic. Due to the pandemic I havnt been able to take my little boy to any classes. He absolutely loved today, he was happy playing and interacting with other children, something he hasn’t been able to do because of lockdown. Can’t wait for next weeks class

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14th Jun

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What a great day we have had playing with paints pens stickers . Had a great plate and a canvas for farthers day present ? . The host aliex was great she helped us and gave us all the tools we needed to do our creative work . She even gave us ideas Can not recommend this enough my boy loved it can not wait for the next one ?

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We had a fantastic time so much fun and…

We had a fantastic time so much fun and love all of our little keepsakes Thankyou so much for all your help we will definitely be returning xx

Hope
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11th Jun

Fantastic session as always

Fantastic session as always! I am always amazed by the variety of resources and different experiences for the children! The time and effort that goes in to each and every session is incredible and we love it every week!!

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Love my Adult creation classes with Emma. It gets me a at for one night a month to do something that appeals to my creative flair. She’s absolutely lovely too and very helpful over zoom! It’s so nice to do something you enjoy from the comfort of your own home ❤️

Emma
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10th Jun

Great session and my baby loved it

Great session and my baby loved it. Will definitely be back