We were recently gifted a family fun craft session by Creation Station Thame. We had a fantastic time and we were gifted two of their toddler sessions for Smallest Child as well. Currently Creation Station in Thame are offering online craft sessions but they will resume face-to-face as soon as they’re able to.
The Little Explorers class that we tried is suitable for ages 15 months – 5 years. There are also family fun sessions 2-11 years (you can read my review here), baby discovery sessions 6-15 months and birthday parties. You can find all of the different Creation Station Aylesbury & Thame classes and session on their website.
The resources box
Before the online sessions you’re sent a box of craft resources that you’ll need for the session. There are a couple of things that you have to provide as well, things like a bowl of water and some items that float etc but all of the actual craft resources are in the box. The session that we did was called vroom vroom so we had foam clay, paint, paper, glue, a cork and some collage items.
Obviously for the normal face to face sessions everything would be provided for you in the toddler craft sessions.
To start there was a little welcome song. This section was a little bit different during the virtual class vs the normal face to face ones and Smallest Child didn’t know the words but she tried to sing along.
First up it was a little science lesson. Emma talked a little bit about what we were going to do and how different things float and sink in water. We then all tried to put some of the things from our boxes into the water. This could have very easily been difficult via zoom but all of the kids were happy to show off what they were testing and talk about their predictions.
The Creation Station crafts
There were two crafts that we did during our online class. First up was a collage picture. We painted the sea (including mountains according to Smallest Child), then made a collage boat from her footprint and some other materials. It was good to sneak in things like scissors skills and mark making as well as creativity.
Even though it was an online craft class there was still good interaction from all of the kids. They didn’t necessarily interact with the other kids on screen but they were interacting really well with Emma.
The second craft was to make a sailor using the cork and clay foam. Now Picasso said every child is an artist – clearly Smallest Child is going down the abstract route!! The most important thing is that she had great fun doing the craft! She was also really good at watching what Emma was doing and following the instructions. Honestly, if you think that an online craft class for toddlers wouldn’t work then think again. She really enjoyed doing the class and she’s asked if she can do it again.
Classes are £6.50 each if you book them as a block (a half term at a time). Normally you can do PAYG for £7 but that’s currently on hold because of social distancing. There are classes in Stone, Thame, Chinnor and others. You can find all of the details of the classes on their website.
Our Creation Station toddler craft session review
I think a lot of people assume that online toddler classes just aren’t going to be as good as face-to-face ones, so what’s the point? Just like we discovered with the online dance classes from Tot Bop and the family fun online craft sessions from Creation Station it is possible with the right person running it. Emma is brilliant at engaging the kids, of all ages, through the camera. We all know zoom calls can be a bit awkward but it really didn’t feel like that. If someone can really engage a group of toddlers via a laptop – how amazing do you think those sessions would be face to face??
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