A little colouring goes a long way…

At the Creation Station we love to celebrate colouring outside the lines and creating collages form all sorts of object. There are so many positive processes in creative activities and that’s why it’s so important to support children to explore and develop their imagination and creativity. We were interested to see this this article on how colouring in is very important to adults….

Did you know that adults are turning to colouring in in order to relieve stress after it was proven to alleviate tension.

>> Check out at this article in the Telegraph.

Why not have a go yourself with this seaside activity sheet and let the waves and the sandcastle distract you for 5 minutes.

seaside snip

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What’s your favourite children’s book?

As World Book Day comes round again on the 5th March, we got thinking at Creative Hub about our favourite children’s book, suggestions like the Hungry Caterpillar, In the Night Garden, Mr Men and many more came to mind.

What is yours and your child’s favourite book?

Books are a fantastic way to inspire the imagination of a child. Ask your child questions about the books they read or the ones you read together. What are their favourite bits of the story? How do they imagine the characters to look and act? How would they change the ending or the beginning? It is always great to hear their fantastic and imaginative – though be it sometimes totally obsurd- responses.

We have put together a short book review template to help you discover more about the books you and your child read.

book review

Download your Book Review Template here.

What Chinese Zodiac are you?

This week sees the celebrations of Chinese New Year. Each year celebrates a different animal, this year will be the Year of the Goat/Sheep (depending on translation).

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These animal signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It is calculated according to the Chinese lunar calendar.

Which symbol is representative of your birth year and your child’s? Is the description accurate?

chinese animals

Fancy making your own Chinese Dragon to celebrate the New Year?

Find instructions and templates for your Dragon here.

15 and a half Boredom Buster Ideas

Bordedom bueterDownload your FREE Boredom Buster Booklet today!

So Half Term has sneaked up quickly and you need to think of some activities to keep the little ones entertained. Don’t worry we have it sorted. We have put together some fun and easy activities why not try out some of the ones below. If you are looking for more simply download your Boredom Buster Booklet with 15 and a half ideas to make Half Term lots of fun.

Number 1

Number 4

Number 14

>> If you fancy a printed Boredom Buster Booklet plus 20 activity sheets and your very own special Creation Station folder for just £4.99 click here.

Create Handprint Hearts

Create a lovely handprint keepsake with your child with this easy activity.

 handprint worksheet

Download your Create a Valentines Handprint here with added bonus ideas to explore further in accordance with Early Years Foundation Scheme.

Explore the educational benefits of creative fun.

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The world’s cutest hearts

As Valentines Day is coming up we were thinking what exciting things can you make from hearts?

snail heart

When you look closely at different objects and animals you can see that they are made up of lots of different shapes. For example a face is made up from lots of shapes including different sized ovals and a triangle.

So we thought the challenge should be to see what we could create from a heart shape –  it turns out if you look close enough lots of things can be made from hearts. It may be that you don’t need the whole heart to build up all the features, for example half a heart makes a great ear or leg.

Here are some of our favourites. How many hearts can you find in each picture?

panda heart

frog heart

To make your own heart creatures you will need:

  • Coloured Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue

Can you make a Caterpillar or a Ladybird from hearts? What other things could you create from the heart shape? We would love to see your creations?

Post the picture of your heart creations on our Creation Station Facebook page for the chance to win a fantastic hamper full of creative goodies!

Design your own tartan

tartan

In celebration of Burns Night today have a go at creating your own tartan. You can use the templates below or see where your imagination takes you on a blank piece of paper. How many colours would you choose? Would your design be really simple or super complicated?

 

Design your own tartan

Download your Design your own tartan sheet here.

Design your own tartan2

Download your Design your own tartan 2 sheet here.

Now you have completed your design, can you count how many squares you can see or how many rectangles?