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December 31, 2018
Perhaps a ray of light!!!
We are currently talking to someone about possibly carrying Creation Station forward. Nothing is for sure yet other than all parties involved hope it can be worked out. We will add an email for Karen as soon as possible. Please contact her with your encouragement and oaths of loyalty! It's always tough to start or take over a business, so all your thoughts and prayers will be welcome. Thank you all once again for years of wondrousness! Frank

December 11, 2018

Time sure does fly. It is hard to believe the end has truly come. We will be ending the website no later than January 31st. Possibly even this month.

Hope the New Year will be everything you need it to be. We are looking forward to an exciting and sad year, as we will be saying good bye to all the wonderful people we have come to know over the years. The time has come for us to fully retire from Creation Station.

If you know of any one who would like to take over, don't hesitate to get in touch with us!!!!!

Please support anyone you run across who is doing anything similar.
TinkerTopia in Tacoma!! Seattle Recreative in the Greenwood/Greenlake area!!


We can't express how much we appreciate everyone's support and enthusiasm through the years. It has been an awesome and rewarding experience. Thank you.

Please keep doing what you do. The children need you.

Frank and Joy

Brain Food

Recipes for great play!

Home Made Sand: 4 cups dried, used coffee grounds, 2 cups cornmeal, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt.

Knox Gelatin Mold: The ratio is 3/4 cup water to 1 packet Knox. Take the number of cups of water your container holds and divide by .75. This is how many packets of Knox you need. In a saucepan, heat the water over low heat, add the packets of gelatin. After it dissolves pour it into your container. Let set overnight. **Be sure to spray your container with Pam first! The kids can use pipettes and eyedroppers to inject the mold with colored water.

Ooblick with Shaving Cream: To the batch of Ooblick you will add shaving cream. You may use lots of cream. It's up to you and how it feels.

Film Canister Pop: Fill a clear film canister about 2/3 full with water. Drop in an alka-seltzer tablet and quickly put on the lid. It will take about 18 seconds for the top to EXPLODE off and shoot into the air. Always use safety glasses when doing science experiments!

Bubbling Eruption: In a pitcher mix1/2 cup of dish soap, 1 cup of water, 3/4 cup of vinegar and a squirt of liquid watercolor. In a clear bottle put 1/2 cup of baking soda. Using a funnel, slowly pour the vinegar liquid into the baking soda bottle. Thick lava!

Bouncing Bubble Solution: 1 cup distilled water, 2 Tbs. Of blue Dawn, 1 Tbs. Of glycerin. The water is the most important ingredient. Good quality water doesn't contain high levels of iron or minerals. Glycerin gives the solution the extra strength. You may substitute Karo syrup for the more expensive glycerin. Use a glove on your hand and you can hold a bubble and make it bounce.

Rainbow Stew: Ingredients needed: 1 cup corn starch, 1/3 cup sugar, 4 cups water, red, yellow and blue coloring, medium saucepan, mixing spoon and ziplock baggies. Mix the cornstarch, water and sugar together and put over medium heat. Cook until thick, stirring constantly. Divide mixture into thirds and add color.

Exploding Colors: You will need a pie tin, evaporated milk at room temp, color, toothpicks, dish soap and a can opener. Pour the milk into the pie tin to cover the bottom. Add 3-4 drops pf different colors but don't let the colors touch each other. Dip the end of the toothpick into the soap. Touch the tip to the droplets of color and watch the reaction. The colors should explode right before your eyes.

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Seal Gum for Homemade Stickers: You will need 4 envelopes Knox gelatin, 2 cups of water, and 1 teas. Peppermint extract and a small saucepan. Mix the gelatin and water in the pan. Heat over medium heat until the gelatin is dissolved. Add the peppermint and let cool. Paint a thin layer on the back of any picture and let dry. Lick and stick!

Clean Mud: Grate 3-4 bars of Ivory soap. Tear up a roll of toilet paper into a large bowl. Add some warm water and start mixing. Slowly add more water if needed to form the consistency of mashed potatoes. Can be stored in an airtight container and be reconstituted with more water. It can be dried after sculpting.

Oil and Water Art: Place an inch of water in a shallow baking pan. Add some color, then using a squeeze bottle that has cooking oil in it, squeeze some oil in the pan of water. Give the children a coffee filter and 2 clothespins to clip on either side of the filter. Dip the filter into the water and slowly pull it out. Observe the filters as they dry.

Elephant Toothpaste: You will need 3-4 empty 20oz water bottles, 1&1/2 cups of hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, color, 2 tsp. of yeast, a dish pan and approx. 3 Tbls of warm water. Put the bottle in the dish pan. Pour the peroxide into the bottle and add a few drops of dish soap. Add color and put a funnel in the bottle. In a separate bowl dissolve the the yeast in the water. Pour this mixture in the bottle and watch the reaction.

Lava Lamp: You need a 16 oz. plastic soda bottle with cap, vegetable oil, cheap is good! Food coloring an alka-seltzer tablet and water. Fill the bottle 3/4 full of oil and fill the rest of the way with water. Add about 10 drops of coloring. Be sure to make the water dark. Divide the tablet into 8 pieces. Drop 1 piece into the bottle. Watch what happens. When the bubbling stops add another piece. It's a lava lamp!

Recycled Markers: Don't throw away those dried up markers. Instead, use them as paint pens! The kids can dip them in water and "paint" on the paper.

Ivory Soap Science: You need a bar of Ivory soap, paper towels and a microwave oven. Place the bar of soap in the middle of a piece of paper towel in the center of the microwave. Cook the bar of soap on high for no longer than 2 minutes; Don't take your eyes off the action! The soap will begin to expand and erupt into puffy clouds. Be careful not to overcook it. Allow the soap to cool for a minute before touching it. Pipette liquid watercolor over the "mountain" and see what happens. Udate: start small--use 1/4 bar and nuke for 30 seconds.

Lip Balm: 2 Tbls. Shortening, 1 Tbls. Non-sweetened kool-aide. Melt shortening in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir in the kool-aide. Melt for 30 more seconds. Poor into small container. Put in fridge until cool and hard.

Lava Lights: You will need a plastic cup for each child, bowls of salt, water, oil and color. Fill the cups 1/3 of the way up with water. Add about 1 inch of the oil. Slowly drip 3-5 drops of color on the top. Next pour a little salt into the mixture and watch the show!

Whip It Up: Grate 5-10 bars of Ivory soap into a tub. Add water to just cover the grated soap. Using an egg beater just whip it up!


Have fun with this mysterious substance at home!
What happens to Flubber when...
it is stretched?
it is rolled into a ball and bounced?
it is stretched over the opening of a jar?
an object (golf ball, etc.) is rolled on it?
Put into a collander?
What else can you do with flubber?
...make it and find out!

What you need:

3 cups Warm Water
2 cups Elmer's White Glue (we prefer Elmers Glue-All)
Liquid Water Color (food coloring stains)
20 Mule Team Borax, available in the grocery store laundry section.
Glitter (optional)
White Vinegar (for cleaning)

What to do:
In a large container combine and mix:

1&1/2 cups very warm water
2 cups Elmers Glue-All
A few drops of water color and glitter (if used)
Make sure this combination is completely mixed.

In a small container combine and mix:
1 1/3 cups very warm water
2 level tsp 20 Mule Team Borax.
Make sure the Borax is completely dissolved.

Combine the glue and borax mixtures. Mix well using your hands until all the liquid is absorbed. You may need to squish, mix, and break up the flubber to get it fully combined. Store the flubber in a plastic, air-tight container at room temperature.
For best results, measure precisely and mix well as noted above.


SAFETY for BORAX: Basically, it's soap. Adults, please keep the box of powdered borax out of the reach of children. There are no extreme hazards but avoid prolonged exposure to skin. Avoid creating and breathing dust. In case of contact with eyes, rinse thoroughly for five minutes and consult a physician.

If kept in an airtight container, the Flubber will keep for a very long time. Vinegar dissolves Flubber from carpet, hair, furniture, clothes, and pets.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Albert Einstein

Six Essentials Children need to be creative:

TIME-----long periods of uninterrupted free time, with few transitions during the day-----move at their pace

OPPORTUNITY-------invitations for learning

SPACE---lots of outdoor time. Think of the outdoors as an extra classroom. Children grow from the neck down and the trunk out. They must move.

FREEDOM-------to explore with few restrictions

EXPERIENCES------that are real, using real materials

THE MATERIALS-----think real and fun.

Adults are the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage. We are facilitators, not keepers of the stuff. Always asking what can I get for you?

Always ask a child if she wants her name on the picture. If they do, ask where? If they want to write it, let them! If they don't want it, Don't! And don't sneak back to write it later!

Resist the urge to say "what is it?" or try to guess. You don't have to say anything. If they come running and say Look, Look, Look, do just that! They did not say look and comment.

If they ask if you like it, turn it around and ask them the same thing. Turn the paper and ask it they like it this way.

What process art isn't!
* not having pumpkins all look the same but saying they could put the eyes anywhere they wanted
* no more dittos or precut shapes
* looking like something
* making models
* always in the art area
* making kids do art
* small paper or gobs of glue, too much is sometimes not enough
* spending more time preparing the project then it takes the kids to do it!
* A finished product

We must be able to articulate what is happening when children play. Link "learning" words to the activities and projects. Talk about what children are doing.

Absorption Friction Weight
Force Magnetic Questioning
Patterning Vibration Reaction
Propulsion Measurements Suspension
Balance Inflate Temperature
Buoyant Experimenting Vibration
Evaporation Investigating Action

Children "show" us what they want and need to know. We then enhance their environment by using that information and our knowledge about how vital play is to a child.