New Play-Doh Imagination Classes – the fun’s begun.

playdoh-girlThis week, we’re giving it away.

Yep, that’s right. Sign-up for the Play-Doh Imagination Classes, if you would you like:

 

New Play-Doh Imagination classes run from 17th to 28th October 2016, at 800 locations around the UK. Join in ‘The Great British Play-Doh Tea Party’ classes and inspire your child with their own unique ‘Cake-Off’ creations.

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Plus, you can enjoy ‘Squishy, Squashy, Spooky Halloween Fun’ classes – inspire your child with their own spooky monster creations.

To find your closest class all you need to do is leave a comment, email us, visit our website and put in your postcode, or call Creative Hub Head Office on 01395 239 700.

And remember – you could be a winner! Enter our Facebook competition to win yourself a Play-Doh Ice Cream Castle and some tubs of Play-Doh. Like our Facebook page and post a picture of your Play-Doh creation using the #PlayDohCreation – we can’t wait to see what your child creates!

Ten top benefits of how creative play can help your child’s development.

Play-Doh is great fun and maybe you’ve wondered about the other benefits of playing with Play-Doh? Well, wonder no more – we’ve identified 10 amazing benefits of getting stuck into Play-Doh.

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  1. Improves self-esteem

You can poke it, pat it, squash it and squeeze it. There is no right or wrong way to use Play-Doh. This helps to develop your child’s self-esteem, as they can’t ‘get it wrong’. Whatever your child produces is a positive achievement.

  1. Stimulates imagination

As Play-Doh is a sculpting material, your child has free rein over what their imagination creates. Your child can create whatever you want with Play-Doh – a sausage, a seal or a spider. Then, they can play with ‘toys’ they originated and made themselves.

  1.  Encourages experiments with pressure and texture

The tactile experience of playing with Play-Doh works on many levels with a child’s sense of touch. They can create and feel the textures they make, then explore applying varying amounts of pressure to create these textures. Play-Doh responds to even the lightest of touches.

As children increasingly use mobile devices and tablets, the ability to build their sense of pressure and perform screen gestures becomes more important as part of modern life.

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  1. Strengthens motor skills

Play-Doh strengthens both fine and gross motor skills and allows children to experiment with gentle and powerful touch. In our classes, we see lots of children strengthening their hands, through the range of textures and tools that are used. The Play-Doh sessions give children a great opportunity flex their creative muscles in many ways.

  1. Develops self-expression

Play-Doh is all about self-expression, so it can be really therapeutic for children who may not be able to express the range of feelings they’re experiencing, in words.

  1. Promotes stress relief

Rather like one of those squeezy stress balls, Play-Doh can be stress-relieving for children.

  1. Improves hand-eye co-ordination

Using tools like the extruder, cutters or scissors supports a child’s development of hand-eye co-ordination, which benefits them in all kinds of activities from sports to brushing their teeth.

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  1. Enriches your child’s education

A fun way to build on your child’s education is to experiment with mixing colours, making shapes, letters or numbers – the possibilities are limitless.

  1. Develops social and communication skills

Once your child is creating or has completed their project, discussing it with an adult or child, develops their social and communication skills.

We are very proud of our partnership with  Play-Doh and will be running ‘Play-Doh Imagination Classes’ to help  foster co-operative play, as children share colours or work together to build a creation, such as layering or decorating a cake.

  1. Encompasses a wide age range

Play-Doh also appeals to a wide age range of children and our classes cover ages 2-8 years old.

To enjoy all the amazing benefits of playing with Play-Doh, sign up to the Play-Doh Imagination Classes at a Creation Station near you and you’ll get:

  • free Play-Doh
  • to take home your child’s creation
  • a Play-Doh activity booklet
  • to enter our Play-Doh competition
  • to know that your child is experiencing these benefits

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During 17th to 28th October 2016, we will be running Play-Doh ‘Open A Tub Of Imagination’ classes for children, at 800 locations around the UK. Join in ‘The Great British Play-Doh Tea Party’ classes and inspire your child with their own unique ‘Cake-Off’ creations.

Plus, you can enjoy ‘Squishy, Squashy, Spooky Halloween Fun’ classes – inspire your child with their own spooky monster creations.

To find your closest class all you need to do is leave a comment, email us here, visit our website and put in your postcode, or call Creative Hub Head Office on 01395 239 700.

And remember – you could be a winner! Enter our Facebook competition to win yourself a Play-Doh Ice Cream Castle and some tubs of Play-Doh. Like our Facebook page and post a picture of your Play-Doh creation using the #PlayDohCreation – we’re looking forward to seeing what your child creates!

 

 

Day #44 Stretchy Stargazing

by Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at sara le rouxThe Creation Station Penistone and District

Boo loves Play Doh, Clay, Plasticine, and any sort of material that really encourages him to use his imagination and create something totally unique from a lump of nothingness.

I had been looking for a homemade dough-type of material that wasn’t just coloured or scented but still added a little something different to our creative explorations.  I found the following idea on Pinterest and knew that Boo would be totally hooked when he saw it…

What You’ll Need

  • Water – 1 cup
  • Black liquid watercolour – we didn’t have any in so I used some black Crayola washable paint instead
  • Flour – 1 cup
  • Cream of Tartar – 2 teaspoons
  • Gelatine – one small sheet
  • Salt – 1/3 cup
  • Vegetable Oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Glitter – LOTS!!
  • Decoration – optional but lovely!

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I measured out the water just short of 1 cup so that I still had room to add the black paint into it to get a nice dark night sky colour.  I think that maybe I should’ve used even more black paint as the colour turned out a more dusky sky than a midnight one….. 🙂

Pour the watery mixture into a pan and add the gelatine sheet.  Warm over a low heat, stirring all the time until the gelatine has dissolved.

Next add the remaining ingredients – except the glitter and decoration – and warm until the mixture starts stiffening into a dough-like consistency and begins sticking to the mixing spoon.

At this point scoop the mixture out onto a heatproof surface – I used a chopping board – and once cooled, you can add the glitter and knead it into a soft, stretchy, sparkly dough.

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Hand the ‘lump’ over to your ‘Little Explorer’…..

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Boo was very excited!

‘Twinklin’ Mummy!’

I had set him up with a rolling pin, plastic pizza cutter and some decorative glass pebbles, some of which were shaped like moons and stars.  He got to work moulding and working the dough into different shapes, adding some pebbles and then starting over again.

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‘Eyes Mummy! (huh?)

‘Nose Mummy! (double huh?)

There is no real ‘make’ for this activity as it is all about the material and allowing your little one to explore and create whatever develops from their imaginations.  This kept Boo occupied for ages, and he enjoyed it that much that I popped the dough into an airtight tub in the fridge and we’ll probably play with it again another day 🙂

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Activity Time: 20 minutes

Day #44 DONE! 56 to go!

Sara x

Day #36 Homemade Clay

sara le rouxby Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District

I’ve never actually made homemade play doh or clay before, but I recently spotted a recipe on a website called ‘Imagination Tree’ that looked like it might be a winner for us.  Not only was it super simple, if I didn’t feel like baking it, the ‘clay’ could also be air-dried over a couple of days – FAB!

What You’ll Need 

  • Corn Flour – ½ Cup
  • Bicarbonate of Soda – 1 Cup
  • Warm Water – ¾ Cup
  • Glitter – we used silver
  • Decoration – beads etc – and string to hang if required

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Mix together the corn flour and bicarb in a pan and slowly add the warm water.  Cook over a low heat for a few minutes until the mixture begins to form a dough –like consistency.  When the edges start to come away from the sides of the pan you can turn it out onto the worktop and leave it to cool for a few minutes.  When it is cool enough to work with, you just knead it until it becomes a lovely soft dough and then add the glitter, squishing it all together to make a lovely sparkly mixture.

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Over to Boo for the creative part!

Have you ever had one of those moments when you’ve had great ideas of what you could make but when it actually comes down to it your little one just simply doesn’t want to ‘play ball’?

I was thinking Christmas ornaments, presents…..but no…

‘Go Away Mummy……mine!’

I tried to encourage him to divide the dough and make some presents…..but no…

‘Mummy Mine! Away!’

He was adamant that he knew what he was going to make and I was not going to be helping him 😦

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So……15 minutes later and we had a wonderful, creative…..SPLAT!

Sorry….beaded splat 🙂

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He was so proud of it I didn’t have to heart to try and get him to change it.

Maybe next time for the present making eh? 🙂

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Day #36 DONE! 64 to go!

Sara x