Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Colour Layers - Toddler Craft
After my initial venture to try out The Creation Station I was keen to take Oliver back again. He's nearing 3 years old and activities like this are a fabulous way to promote learning through play.
Through Facebook I found our local Creation Station page and saw that some new "pay as you go" sessions were being run in a play cafe not too far from me. Having two toddlers its sometimes hard to commit to a whole term of activities, so the pay as you go session was ideal for me.
Isabella stayed home with Daddy so that she could have her afternoon nap, and Oliver and I set off to the cafe.
We arrived a little early, but the cafe has a soft play area so Oliver was happy to bounce around in there beforehand. The cafe were offering a special price for their soft play of just £1.00 as I was attending the Creation Station session.
The play room for the Creation Station was downstairs, away from the main cafe area, and was decorated not dissimilar to a sensory room. It had slightly lower ceilings, soft lighting, a fish tank, mirrors along one wall and decorated with an "under the sea" theme. A lovely room and I imagine caters well for other activities such as rhyme times and sensory play.
The Creation Station session was well organised and followed the same set up as the pay per term sessions. This week the theme was layering colours.
Oliver was unfortunately quite tired and lost interest in exploring the paints, but the Creation Station organiser soon picked up on this and suggested he might like to try cutting pieces of fabric with the scissors (with mummy's help of course). This worked, Oliver seems to have a liking for using scissors and he happily cut up pieces of fabric for the next part of the session.
Once the paints were cleared out of the way we set about making "window clings". I'm not going to divulge how we made them, but with a combination of cling film, tissue paper, feathers, fabric, paint and glue, each child made a wonderful window cling picture.
I enjoy doing craft activities with my children, and come up with fun activities at home, but The Creation Station really does give the most amazing ideas for exploration through art.
Thank you Lisa for a wonderful session.
To find your local Creation Station sessions please visit their website.