I want to do more gluing today! – Miss J, 2
Last year, while on set filming an online chat show, I met a lovely fellow guest, Sarah from The Creation Station and was immediately taken with her company’s very enlightened approach to kid’s crafts:
We love having fun with different materials – paint, glue and, of course, a bit of glitter – but we also believe that being creative is about experimenting, playing and just seeing what happens.
Giving expression to your own imagination in a group setting provides lots of benefits. It helps young children learn to make choices, share, listen, observe, pretend, problem solve, as well as play and interact with others.
Makes sense, right? So what Creation Station actually does is run creative classes for kids, except you don’t drop them off and come back an hour later. Your role as a caregiver is to stay with them and as they play, and learn how to nurture (rather than steer) that creativity. It’s 50 minutes of unfettered, messy fun.
Last week, I opened the day’s post to find a huge box of goodies from Sarah – pens, paints, pipe cleaners, pads, overalls – and so we tipped them all out on the table and played…and played.
The kids were still playing and crafting and sticking and gluing 1.5 hours later. It was loads of fun and you could see how they benefited from just being allowed to do what they felt like and let their imagination take them where it may.
I’m going to look up my local class and start attending – at £5 a session I think it’ll be great fun.
Disclosure: as stated, Creation Station send us some craft bits to play with.