Entertain Your Child With This Fun Summer Craft Activity For Kids


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One of the fun things about summer, is seeing all the creatures come out to play. But as you can’t take these creatures out of their habitat, we decided to come up with this fun craft idea to create your own life-like crab to remind you of those
summer days. All low cost with hours of fun. This activity also helps with your child’s fine motor skills, helps them notice more features about the environment and how things can be connected. This activity also helps boost their imagination by creating their own little crab friend, which leads to role playing.

Enjoy the step by step video, showing you how we created our crabs. At the end, get your children to name them. One of the girls at head office had their niece name ours… naming him “Pinchy” and the other “Herby”.

 

Fun Facts:

  • Crabs live in a greater range of places than any other sea animal. As well as the ocean, they live in smoking volcanoes, under the ice in Antarctica and even on land and climb trees.
  • Crabs communicate through drumming their claws or flapping their pincers, they would do well down the Grapevine pub on a Friday night.
  • Female crabs have short pregnancies of just 1 to 2 weeks, which sounds great but they have 2000 eggs, can you imagine.
  • There are over 4,500 different species of crab.

Random Fact- During the night, hermit crabs are often found in large groups near the ocean shore. They are also known to climb over each other instead of walking around them.

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Entertain Your Child This Summer With This Easy Low Cost And Fun Seaside Mobile Children’s Crafts Activity

Have you ever struggled to keep your child entertained during the summer or whilst on holiday? Here’s a fun and simple children’s arts and crafts activity for you to enjoy.  Plus, the bonus is that rather than having to go shopping for all the products many of the items you need for this fun children’s crafts mobile you can find for free in your recycling box or when you go for a walk. You could even go on a nature trail with your child to collect natural items that captures and sparks their interest.fish

By encouraging your child to collect the items,  chat through and plan the activity together and then creating their own unique mobile will help your child develop their concentration and their own ideas. Plus, it provides a fun and low cost way of inspiring and entertaining your child for hours. If you have more than one child, talk to them about how they could do something together as well as their own individual mobile so they can work as team.

Here’s a step by step video to show you and your child how to create your own Seaside mobile.

Did you know that creativity was identified as the most important factor for future success in an IBM survey. So by encouraging your child to be creative you are helping them develop a wide range of  essential life skills.

 

Fun Facts About Seaside Animals

Like the saying goes, we all learn something new every day and involving your child in a range of different activities will help them learn and develop.

Here are some fun facts you may not have known…

  • Sea Turtles lay their eggs in sand.
  • Seahorses are the only fish that swim upwards.
  • Most fish cannot swim backwards!

Fishy Jokes

  • Two goldfish are in a tank. One says to the other, “Do you know how to drive this thing?
  • What do you call a fish without an I – fsh!

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Here’s to inspiring futures.

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If we can help with an enquiry you have, please drop us an email: team@thecreationstation.co.uk

Fun Father’s Day Gift

Happy Father’s Day

Here at Inspiration House, home to The Creation Station Creative hub team we were privileged to have two special guests join us. Jess and Sophie came in and got creative and made their Daddy some very special personalized crafts in our creative zone.

Lots of glitter, glue and other fun materials later, the zone was buzzing with fun fathers day crafts activities.

DSC_0329All the team were really delighted to also receive our own very personalized special creative gift too.

Check out their creative creations.

Here’s a fun activity to help your child get creative and to help make their Dad feel super special this Father’s Day.

Create a personalized Best Dab rosette using different tools such as, pens, glitter, paint or even feathers to decorate the rosette. It’s fun, its creative and unique, just like their Dad!

Simply click on the image below and download.

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Create your own Easter decoration

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Create your own Easter rocking chick!

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Download your Rocking Chick Activity Sheet here.

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The Irish sparkle

St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner so why not download this lucky shamrock colouring sheet.

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Download your St Patricks shamrock activity sheet.

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How To Make Your Own Monster

We were delighted to team up with Sony to help promote the release of Hotel Transylvania 2 on DVD and blu ray. We ran monster making workshops and helped to run the monster make competition with #MonsterMeHotelT2 across the UK and the results were truly monstrous!

Here’s some of the wonderful creations.

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There were spot prizes every day and we were delighted that Max who is one of the Little Explorers in Kegworth, Leicestershire won! Well done Max aged 5 for your awesome creation!

We had so much fun making them we decided to let you join in on the experience so you can make your own monsters at home. So here is a little video we made for you to enjoy

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Day 25- Creation Station Christmas Countdown

Have a fantastic Christmas with lots of family fun!

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Day 24- Creation Station Christmas Countdown

Salt Dough Christmas Decorations

Make some Christmas decorations which will last for years, using a simple salt dough recipe you can make some really exciting decorations for your tree.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of flour
  • Pastry cutters
  • Rolling pin
  • Paint
  • Ribbon or string to hang the decorations

Step One

Put the salt and flour into a bowl, then add the water slowly. Use your hands to bring the mixture together. After about ten minutes of kneading, it should form a soft ball. If it’s slightly too sticky, add more flour and if it’s slightly too dry, add more water. You can colour the dough at this stage if you don’t want to paint them later. Add some paint to the dough mixture and fold it in until it is all the same colour. This stage can get very messy so make sure you have prepared your surfaces and are wearing the appropriate clothes.

Step Two

Roll out the dough with a rolling pin and use your pastry cutters to create a range of shapes. Don’t forget to make a small hole in each one so that you can hang it on the tree later.

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You can also add some texture or patterns to your decorations at this stage. Try making a pattern with a cocktail stick or seeing what pattern is left behind when you roll some lace or paper doily on top of your dough.

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Step Three

The decorations will harden if just left out in the air but this can take about 48 hours. Alternatively bake them in the oven at 100C for  3-4 hours. You may need to turn then and check that the hole for the ribbon doesn’t close over.

Step Four

Leave them to cool and then decorate. Use paint and glitter to make them as colourful as you want. You can paint them with a layer of PVA to varnish once finished. This will make them last that little bit longer.

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Day 13- Creation Station Christmas Countdown

Silhouette Christmas Cards

Throughout Advent, we will be suggesting various simple arts and crafts activities which quick  and easy to prepare and make. Why not enjoy some festive time together and get the whole family involved.

These cards allow even the smallest of children to get involved making the ‘background’. Using chalks on their sides can produce a new patterns for young children, whilst older children can learn to blend and merge the colours in more detail.

You will need:

  • Various card stock (including black or dark-coloured card)
  • Paper (sugar paper works well)
  • Chalks
  • Optional sequins or embellishments

Step One:

Take a piece of paper and using chalks, encourage the children to fill the paper with colour. This is a great opportunity to use chalks in different ways – use the long side for mark-making instead of the end, use different colours for stripes or patterns, blend colours into each other, use the ‘dust’ on your fingertips to ‘smooth’ the colours. Older children could also use pastels if you have them.

The chalked paper will become the background for the card.

Step Two:

Using the black or dark card stock, you now need to make a frame and silhouette for your card. You will need to decide on a theme for the card. It is probably easier to go for a simple shape and if it is symmetrical (like a Christmas tree, heart or even snowman), you can fold the card in half and only have to cut half the shape.

Step Three: 

Glue the frame and silhouette onto the chalk background. Then mount onto a piece of card folded in half to make a Christmas card.

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You can add some glue and glitter to the black frame and silhouette to make it slightly shiny and sparkly.

This activity isn’t restricted to Christmas cards – the concept would lend itself to any type of card, but if your children enjoy the chalking, why not encourage them to make a chalk silhouette picture, using black silhouettes of houses, trees or other shapes in the foreground on top of a beautiful chalk background? Can they create the colours of a sunset or the sea?

Thank you to The Creation Station Bath for this fab activity.

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Day 12- Creation Station Christmas Countdown

Become a Christmas Elf 

Pssst… Santa needs his elves to help him get ready for Christmas, but where have they gone? Maybe they are hiding, they are a bit cheeky!

Maybe we could make Elves hats and pretend we are his Elves until he finds them!

For this we will need:

  • 4 Pieces of card ( 2 green, 1 red and 1 other desired colour for the ears)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Double sided sticky tape (or glue)

Step One:

With your red card cut 2 long strips (approximately 3 cm wide) to make a head band. Stick the 2 ends of the strips together to create the head band the right size for your head. Place to one side.

Step Two:

Draw a large triangle on a piece of green card and cut out. It doesn’t matter if you can’t fit the top of the triangle on the card as you will add some decoration to the top of the hat.

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Step Three:

Now with your double sided sticky tape put a strip on the band and tape the triangle to it.

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Step Four:

With your remaining red card, along one of the long sides cut a zig zag pattern.

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Step Five:

Now stick this on the front the green triangle. Then cut out a small red circle from the spare card from your head band and attach to the top of your hat.

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Now for the final touch!

With the other piece of card, cut out 2 elf ears and stick them on the side!

You are now a elf!

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