Meet Nikki Buckland founder of Meet Make Create. Nikki is a mother of three and is passionate about creativity for children. Meet Make Create was evolved when Nikki was looking for an after-school activity for her youngest daughter, one that that both encouraged creativity and combined art and craft. When she couldn’t find a class that ticked the boxes, Meet Make Create was born and has quickly grown to offering the community a myriad of workshops for pre-school (mini makers) and school-aged kids as well as birthday parties, events and collaborations with like-minded businesses.
To witness young children fizzing with ideas eager to use their imagination, to explore and experiment is so inspiring, they are bursting at the seams with fresh thinking new ideas.
Meet Make Create (MMC) creative workshops provide a nurturing space where children develop essential learning skills, create a world of wonder and make new friends. We believe that within every child is an unabashedly creative being who sees the world through a limitless imagination. To witness a child absorbed in the creative process, committed totally to self-expression and exploration is awe-inspiring. But let’s face it, as schedules become increasingly busy and school’s budgets continually shrink, it is our children’s creative expression that takes the cut. This is where workshops like Meet Make Create fill the gap.
“Meet Make Create is a fun space where kids can tap into their inner-artists, they are working side-by-side with other children, making friends and learning along the way,” says founder and mother-of-three Nikki Buckland. “I love seeing their sense of pride and accomplishment when mum or dad comes to pick them up. It’s like they’ve grown a little each time they exercise their creative independence, taking small steps to problem-solve within the creative process. It really boosts their confidence.”
But it doesn’t stop there; respected Speech Pathologist and Occupational Therapist Samantha Daley said children who participated in creative workshops like Meet Make Create were more likely to perform everyday tasks with ease. She said, “Engaging in fine motor activities with a visual perceptual component such as art classes are crucial for a child’s brain development as this ensures daily tasks such as tying your shoelaces, brushing your teeth and using a knife and fork are performed with little effort and exertion. Painting pictures and manipulating art and craft materials increase sensory feedback through the use of different textures and colours, which are crucial for a child’s brain development.”
WEEKLY CLASSES + TERM BASED CLASSES
Each week, Meet Makes Create offers both a primary school class and a pre-school class. MMC’s term-based program incorporates a variety of art techniques including painting, drawing, crafting, sculpture and textiles. Designed to suit all levels and ages, each class stimulates a child’s imagination in a playful, colourful and completely hands-on way. Parents of pre-schoolers are encouraged to join their child for a 1 hour session of creative fun. While primary school aged children participate in 90-minute sessions, all of which are conveniently sibling-friendly. Our teachers are trained to recognise and work with children with special needs, as children of all abilities are welcome at Meet Make Create.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMS
We work with Australia’s leading creatives and educators to provide your children fun and interactive school holiday programs and workshops. Our classes are renowned for their hands on interactive learning and FUN! Our school holiday programs are currently running each NSW and QLD school holidays in the Byron Bay Studio and a variety of local and Queensland shopping centres.
EVENTS + BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Meet Make Create currently offer an event based program to keep the littlies entertained while the big kids are having fun. If you would like our hire our services for your event please contact our event specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet Make Create is currently popping up at Lunch Lady Magazine launch, Mullumbimby Music Festival, Splendour in the Grass, local shopping centres, markets and school fetes/fairs.