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How online creative sessions support a child's development

At Creation Station we have developed our award-winning classes to be provided on-line with crafts packs delivered to each child (or adult for our adult crafting sessions).

We are mindful of the amount of time children spend on screens and wanted to review how children were responding to the online creative classes and what parents and our franchise partners thought.  

In this webinar we discuss how The Creation Station online creative workshops have been received by children and adults alike. 

Here is an overveiw on the benefits based on feedback from children, parents and our franchise partners,  

1. Personalised crafts packs 

The children get really excited to receive their own personalised Fun Arty Box with the crafts they need for their ten-week programme. As the boxes are packed with a whole range of materials, there is plenty for the children to carry on getting creative after the session and during the week. Children often develop their activities inspired by the activities they have done in the session.

Creation Station craft packs

2. Screen time is minimal 

The screen acts purely as way of connecting and facilitating the activities for the children. Just like in our sessions, we provide journeys of exploration, discovery and development. The children don't have to watch the screen all the time and in fact, they rarely look up as they get so engrossed in their own creations - which is fabulous to see.   

3. Individual attention

These sessions feel very personal as we can see and comment on what each child is doing.   

"One parent has signed their child up because of the personal and close approach that they can get from being on Zoom with me -  with so much distancing going on around them this feels more like one to one interaction"
 

"There is a lot more 1 to1 interaction, as there is often an adult there with them doing the practical/ helping side of things so it doe shave a very friendly feel" Alix Purton Creation Station franchise, partner 

"After the initial introduction of the creative idea, children are really excited to involved in it - alone or with parental support. It’s not the same as watching an online tutorial as the session is helping to develop their own ideas not copy and worry theirs isn't as good as someone elses. We do feel like we are sitting across the table with them". Nicola Gillaspy Creation Station franchise, partner.

Kids classses Create club online review 

4. Building confidence  / Independent  learning /confidence

The sessions are a time for them to show and tell the things they've done at home throughout the week. This includes other models and art and crafts, often a development from the sessions but sometimes just lovely random things they are excited to share with us. 

In an email from one of our Create Club dads, he said

"I've been thrilled to see how my daughter has grown in confidence and independence whilst she’s been participating in the online club with me since Easter"

During the sessions the children join in with discussions and share ideas because no one is watching them in class. They have said they feel more relaxed and comfortable in their own home.

In one of our Create Clubs that moved from in school to online, one of the previously shyest club members is now one of the chattiest!

Online Create Club kids classes

5. Wellbeing

There is a strong sense of achievement and pride when the children develop their own ideas and produce their own creations. These are often displayed at home. One family has transformed their garage into their daugther art gallery from work hey have done with Creation Station.   

The sessions can be directly related to their own experience. For example, in one of our 'Inspired my me' sessions, we were created pet rocks. All the children had a pet and brought their pets to show each other onscreen introduction, which was lovely and made the children feel special too.

The children 'meet' other children if the session is open to children from any school.

Their creations often get finished long after the session ends because the children are engrossed in the activity. Photos arrive several days later with many comments from parents saying they’ve really enjoyed working on it. We reive a lot of feedback saying that their child has grown in confidence developed a new hobby getting creative!

Kids online classes with arts and crafts

6. Family

Some children feel more comfortable with the parent/ carer with them in the session, for not just practical support, but emotionally it is helpful for them.

The online classes provide this opportunity and enabled parents to see and get involved if they want to. 

We have quite a lot of Grandparents taking part too, as many look after the grandchildren after school. This gives them some structured session time that they can enjoy too. 

One parent has described it as 'family time' as both dad and mum are currently working at home, and both parents take part with 2 children.

From our experiences and insights, we see that the screen facilitate sessions, but opens up a wealth of other opportunities and benefits that wouldn't be possible otherwise. 

Find out where your local classes are - Children's classes near me 

If you would like to enjoy pre-recorded classes visit our anytime learning platform called ICR8. Explore anytime arts and crafts classes

What people say

Excellent 4.8/5

6903 reviews on Trustpilot

Deborah
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19th Oct

Have booked another session!

Professional, fun experience for both the babies and the adults! Guidelines re: COVID 19 were adhered to creating a safe environment for creativity!

Natalie
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19th Oct

Amazing memories made

I attended the creation station in Winterbourne in October 2020 with my 10 week old boy. We had an amazing time! We were fully supported, it was great value for money and we have a gorgeous keepsake. All covid restrictions were followed.

Kathryn
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19th Oct

Really enjoyed the classes

Really enjoyed the classes, my 2 year old was losing interest at times so I think he needs something a bit more fast paced personally. I think these classes would be best suited to 3year+ or for children that are happy sitting down :)

Samantha
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19th Oct

Tracy’s class was as brilliant as…

Tracy’s class was as brilliant as always! Everything has been well thought out and planned to make it covid safe but not compromised on any aspect of the class - my little boy loved it and I loved the finishing touches of having our own space to get stuck in the crafts Thank you ?

Laura
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19th Oct

Great sessions

The session was great fun, good value and we ended up with a really nice picture to take home. Thank you

Alysha
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19th Oct

Best holiday club

My son has never been one for arts and crafts at home but was very eager to see his old teacher and make things with her. He was so excited to show me all of his creations that he had made and is now asking if we can remake them all at home!!

Leanne
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18th Oct

We had the best time at the creation…

We had the best time at the creation station in hucknall. Kelly made it feel relaxed and informal so many different materials on offer. We will definitely be back again soon

Michelle
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17th Oct

Had a lovely evening creating my boho…

Had a lovely evening creating my boho pumpkin. Good variety of materials to choose from, and our host was very frieabd helpful.

Michelle
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16th Oct

Excellent class for all ages

Excellent class for all ages with covid 19 guidelines in place at all times. We love it!

Laura
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16th Oct

Lovely staff great activities

Lovely staff great activities