Give your kids an art attack!

Peter Chapman (3) with Sarah Ekins of Creation Station. ANL-150515-101903001
Peter Chapman (3) with Sarah Ekins of Creation Station. ANL-150515-101903001
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Children, especially toddlers, love painting. Fact.

Parents on the other hand –given all the mess it entails – perhaps not so much, writes KATE CHAPMAN.

But now mums and dads don’t have to worry thanks to new arts and crafts classes in Spalding and Pinchbeck.

Mum-of-one Sarah Ekins launched her Creation Station franchise in February and wants to spread the word about the fun sessions she is running weekly at The Umbrella, in Spalding, and Pinchbeck Library.

The classes split into age ranges – Baby Discover for youngsters aged five to 14 months, Little Explorer classes for 15 months to five years and Family Fun for one to 11 year olds in school holidays – and allow parents and children to work together letting their imaginations run wild and experiment with different techniques and crafts including painting, modelling and collage.

Sarah, of Spalding, says the idea is that young children get to have a go themselves and try new things as well as develop their own ideas.

“I’ve had quite a few people come along so far and enjoy the classes, but we’d always love to see more new faces,” she said.

“At the moment I’m just in Spalding and Pinchbeck, but my area also includes Bourne, Holbeach and Long Sutton, so there’s scope for me to add more classes.

“I’m also available for children’s arty birthday parties too and will be doing some one-off workshops including make a crown before the Sing-A-Long A Frozen event in Spalding next month.

“There’s nothing else like this around here and it’s great for parents who want to spend quality time with their children – and not worry about tidying the mess up afterwards!”

With her own four-year-old daughter Grace starting school in September, Sarah, who previously worked at Moulton Primary School for 15 years, took up the franchise as a way of obtaining flexible working hours.

She invited me and my three-year-old son Peter along to Pinchbeck to have a go. We are keen crafters, but like so many mums I’m not great at coming up with ideas and must confess the resulting mess often puts me off getting the glitter and glue out.

When we arrived all the tables were laid out with paints, paper and brushes, so after the introductions and a brief chat about some shapes we would be painting later it was time to get our aprons on.

Peter loved the chance to do some free painting, vigorously dabbing paint on his paper with a variety of brushes and dobbers, before getting down to his favourite activity of mixing all the paints together.

Sarah was extremely friendly and helpful, guiding us onto the main activity – painting some paper circles to create our own person or creature. Peter decided he wanted to make a dinosaur, so we painted lots of green before sticking on googly eyes, sequins, pipe cleaners and feathers.

He was thrilled with his finished piece and thoroughly enjoyed himself during the 50-minute session. And so did I – it was great to spend some one-on-one time with him working on our project, plus as Sarah points out I didn’t have to do the clearing up!

l The programme cost £5 a week and £2.50 for siblings, or if you drop-in the price is £6 and £3 for additional siblings. For more information plus session dates and times visit www.thecreationstation.co.uk/childrens-art-class-and-party-entertainer/lincolnshire-spalding