It’s My Job: Makeeka Harris, Owner of Kidcreate Studio

It’s My Job: Makeeka Harris, Owner of Kidcreate Studio

Meet Makeeka Harris, Kidcreate Franchise Owner

Makeeka never dreamed she would be a business owner, but is over-joyed by her choice to make a passion into a career. A previous veteran, Harris served 10 years with the army before deciding to change her career goals. She felt as though her service in the military prepared her for skills in great customer service, emotional intelligence, and empathy; all essential abilities for a Kidcreate Studio owner.

Makeeka, a mother of three daughters and one stepson, believe Kidcreate is a great family-functioning business. She states:

“My favorite part about owning and operating a Kidcreate Studio is seeing the joy and excitement on my students’ faces! I enjoy getting messy with them and helping them create cool projects that they go home and brag to their parents about. I enjoy a job that really focuses on children, their ideas and their own creative development.”

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5 Reasons Why Art Is So Important for Early Childhood Development

5 Reasons Why Art Is So Important for Early Childhood Development

Art Education for Early Childhood Development

1. Motor Skills

When kids participate in creating arts and crafts, there are many movements involved. From holding a paintbrush to coloring with a crayon, a child’s fine motor skills progress through this hands-on approach to education. Other actions, such as using scissors, help develop the dexterity children need for writing.

2. Language Development

In addition to getting their hands physically dirty creating art, children have the opportunity to expand their vocabulary by learning words for colors, shapes and various actions. This helps children use descriptive words to discuss their creation, and will help them express what feelings are elicited from observing different types of art by the time they are in elementary school.

3. Decision-Making

Studies show art education strengthens both critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in young children. The process of creating art gives children choices and urges them to make decisions in the course of creating their art – a crucial skill that translates into other parts of life. For example, exploration through art will encourage children to try new ideas in other areas of life. Not only will this further spark creativity and imagination, but children can also use critical thinking to react to new experiences and problem-solve when necessary.

4. Cultural Awareness

Exposing children to a variety of interpretations on society is a great way to help them understand the nuances of their surroundings and embrace the differences they see around them in the diverse society we live in today.

5. Encourages Neural Connections

Because art employs any or all of the senses, such as sight, sound, taste and smell, the synapses in the brain of a small child fire away as they experience situations that immerse their senses and further encourage their creativity. In fact, a young brain makes billions of new connections with every bit of new knowledge it is exposed to. In young children, artistic activities lead to the formation of well-rounded personalities, good attachment, self-esteem and better mental health.

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Summer Camp Guide: Kidcreate Studio

Summer Camp Guide: Kidcreate Studio

2017 Summer Camp Guide

Summer is approaching quickly and it has a lot of parents wondering how they can keep their children occupied and learning throughout the summer months. Kidcreate Studio summer camp is not only a way to keep your children busy, it will also keep them engaged and learning through art education activities.

Kidcreate Studio offers three and four-day,half-day camps designed to inspire, educate, and entertain young artists. These programs are between $99 and $150 and are available to children as young as 3-years-old.

Check out the Kidcreate Studio locations in Woodbury and Eden Prairie for more information.

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Join Kidcreate Eden Prairie and Woodbury Location’s Mother’s Day Gift Making Classes

Join Kidcreate Eden Prairie and Woodbury Location’s Mother’s Day Gift Making Classes

Kidcreate Eden Prairie and Woodbury Location’s Host Mother’s Day Classes

Are you tired of getting the same old gifts for Mother’s Day year after year? This year, let dad know you want a hand-made gift from Kidcreate! Send the kids with dad, sign up to create right along with your child or drop the kids off and spend a relaxing date night with your husband. Either way, you will receive a one-of-a-kind gift hand-crafted by your child. What a wonderful keepsake!

If you can’t count on dad to get the kids signed up, we recommend you sign them up yourself! That way, you are sure to get the gift you want for Mother’s Day!

Play Date with Mom Workshop (18 months-6 years)
In honor of Mother’s Day, spend some creative time with your child. You and your child will create a beautiful handprint flower bouquet on a canvas board. What a great keepsake! Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Thursday 5/11, 9:30-10:30
Eden Prairie & Woodbury

Date Night- Mother’s Day Gift Making (3-9 years)

Do you have plans that don’t include your little ones? Do you want to see a movie that isn’t animated or enjoy a dinner that doesn’t include french fries? Sign your kids up for their own night out. They love you, hug you and make you brush your teeth! Show your mom how much you love her with a hand-made gift! She will absolutely love this one-of-a-kind painted picture frame you make her out of clay. What a great keepsake!
Saturday 5/13, 5:30-8:30
Eden Prairie & Woodbury

Signing up siblings? Sign up additional children for 50% off!

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Meet Lara Olson-Founder of Kidcreate Studio

Meet Lara Olson-Founder of Kidcreate Studio

Lara Olson: The Founder of Kidcreate Studio

Kidcreate Studio is a franchise concept focused on children’s art enrichment classes, camps and birthday parties available for children ages 18 months through 12 years that got started after Lara, the soon-tp-be-owner of Kidcreate Studio, being frustrated by the limited art exposure her child was receiving at school. Finding nothing that met her requirements, Lara began to envision an art studio designed for her child that would combine quality art education within a kid-friendly environment.

In 2008, Lara founded Kidcreate Studio. Soon after opening the studio, Lara launched Kidcreate’s On-The-Go Studio division which creates partnerships within the community that enables Kidcreate Studio to bring the great teachers and curriculum being used at the studio to other organizations such as; community education centers, parks and recreations programs, elementary schools, preschools and daycares.

As the leader in the underserved child art education industry and inspired by the success of both studios, Lara made the decision to “paint the states” with art and offer franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio. Lara identified franchising as a way to continue the Kidcreate mission to pick up where public education has become more limited and bridge the art education gap.

Where did the idea for Kidcreate Studio come from?

The idea for the first Kidcreate Studio originated after I became discouraged by the limited amount of art exposure and education my son, Jake, was receiving at school. Jake was experiencing a lot of frustrations in his other classes and found tremendous joy and solace in art.

How do you bring ideas to life?

There is a wonderful book written by David Allen titled “Getting Things Done”. In the book, the author describes a system that utilized project packets. I have taken that idea and modified it for my own use.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

Before leaving the office on Fridays, I always update my to-do list and plan out what I want to accomplish the following week.

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April 1st is National Love Our Children Day

April 1st is National Love Our Children Day

Celebrate National Love Our Children Day with Kidcreate Studio

The first annual National Love Our Children Day was held on April 3, 2004, and is now celebrated on the first Saturday in April.

What better way to show your children how much you love them than with the power of art?

Kidcreate Studio offers kid’s art classes, camps, birthday parties, and selling art-themed retail items for children ages 18 months to 12 years of age. It is an art studio where children create fridge-worth masterpieces while learning art concepts and techniques in an environment of fun.

Kidcreate teaches math, science, history and creativity through art education. The word “studio” is in our name for a reason! Kidcreate Studios fun bright facilities are a perfect canvas for a creative learning experience.

Simply said, Kidcreate Studio is “art education made fun!”

Get ready for creativity, giggles, grins, inspiration, mess-making, discovery, confidence, exploration and fun! Celebrate this year’s National Love Our Children Day at your local Kidcreate Studio!


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