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9 Top Tips To Inspire Your Child!

Founder of the award-winning national arts and craft franchise The Creation Station and bestselling author and speaker, Sarah Cressall writes a regular article in the 'Crafts Business' magazine and is a judge for their illustrious Crafts business awards. Here Sarah shares nine tips to inspire your child.

Inspiring imaginations with Sarah Cressall of The Creation Station

Turn your darker evenings and shorter days into a positive creative experience for kids and you!

It takes a bit of adjusting to the shorter days and change of seasons, but I do love the silhouette of winter trees, warm woolly socks and the smell of bonfires. This is a great time of year to do more activities indoors, and this can lead to developing new hobbies and giving our kids opportunities to be creative.

Top tips for creative fun at home with your child

Over the past seventeen years of running Creation Station 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 120 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 round 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 where, 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.

Share Awesome Time Together

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Sarah Cressall writes a regular article for Craft Business magazine

For details of local classes, parties and event visit www.thecreationstation.co.uk

If you would love to find out about running your own flexible and rewarding Creation Station franchise, with full training and award winning support, download a free information pack at www.thecreationstation.co.uk/craftsbusiness it could be the perfect successful crafts business that you are looking for.

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Amanda
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25th Nov

Absolutely fantastic 5*

Me and my children (age 5, and 1) both absolutely love creation station! It’s such a fun, relaxed environment where they can play, explore and get super messy whilst creating beautiful keepsakes to treasure forever! Mandy Stone who runs out local venue is amazing! She’s brilliant with the children and is always creating new and exciting creations for the children to make!

Chris
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24th Nov

Definitely recommend.

Great materials. Really friendly support and tuition. My daughter loves it.

Kirsty
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18th Nov

Excellent

Excellent. Our pack was dropped off and then collected from us. And our finished product was delivered back to us. Very pleased with our creation. Will definitely do again.

Laura
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14th Nov

Well organised and covid safe Christmas…

Well organised and covid safe Christmas crafting event! Everything you needed to make something special was provided and Avne was on hand to help as needed!

Naomi
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12th Nov

Fun, colourful, messy

I've only had 2 classes so far and me and my son love it! So many different sensory activities and lovely keepsakes to take home

Nadine
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11th Nov

I would highly recommend Alix at The…

I would highly recommend Alix at The Creation Station. My daughter enjoys every week and learns something new each time.

Olivia
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11th Nov

Xmas craft session

This was our first mother and baby session since my little boy Archie was born at the end of June. With this rubbish Covid stopping so many if not all baby sessions that I was hopping to be able to take my little boy to whilst off on mat leave has stopped us. Creation station was lots of fun to socialise with other baby mother and also make memorable gifts for us to keep for his 1st Xmas. Alexis was very welcoming and helpful the whole time, we also enjoyed a cuppa tea and some cake in with the price which is brilliant. Hope to be able to attend lots more with my little boy soon. A big thank you !

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9th Nov

Crafty

Competition win and absolutely fantastic. The order was matched to the craft intention and was delivered quick. The quality of products is great and look forward to joining a class when lockdown is over

Karen
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5th Nov

Lovely online creative session

Lovely online creative session making a keepsake frame. Relaxed and a friendly teacher

Paola
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5th Nov

Always fun and exciting activities for…

Always fun and exciting activities for the kids!