Our Story

I’m passionate about bringing kids back to the kitchen table and empowering them with the tools to imagine, craft! Oglee Poglee was born when I discovered the joy of spending time creating with my own children.

I’m Claire Gillespie, Founder of Oglee Poglee, mum of two boys, and champion for unleashing kids’ creativity. I’m passionate about bringing kids back to the kitchen table and empowering them with the tools to imagine, craft! Oglee Poglee was born when I discovered the joy of spending time creating with my own children. I soon became fascinated by the way they would look at the simplest resources – finding fun ways to play, explore, and bring everyday objects alive!

Old tubs, carboard boxes, tubes, rice, dried pasta, tape… With my boys, everyday items suddenly become the basis for endless fun imaginings. Together we would chat and stick, paint and build, laugh and tell stories with our masterpieces – making memories we all cherish. Oglee Poglee was launched to help other families have the same fun! To help parents unleash their kids’ creativity and experience the delight of making things together.

To help parents unleash their kids’ creativity and experience the delight of making things together.

In modern family life, too often creative expression gets lost in favour of school curriculum and after school activities. I wanted to make it easier for families to embrace the joy of creative freedom and having fun with crafts. Now, Oglee Poglee does just that – offering a range of imaginative children’s craft parties, workshops and creative party bags! We know what huge benefits children gain from being allowed to get their hands messy, use their imagination, and create. It’s the perfect environment to be themselves and gain confidence.

We are passionate about nurturing their imagination, allowing them the tools to explore, experiment and create – on their terms. Where school prescribes ‘artistic process’ – our focus is on allowing children to explore and express their own ideas and techniques. With no instructions or pictures to follow, they’ll always find their own way to do things – and the results are astounding.

All Oglee Poglee’s parties and craft kits are inspired by the children

All Oglee Poglee’s parties and craft kits are inspired by the children I’ve worked with. Created to bring quality materials to your young creative geniuses so they can enjoy the thrill of bringing their imagination to life.

I’m supported by a team of DBS-checked, arty adventurers who are just as passionate about seeing kids and parents experience the magic of craft. With us it’s never just about the product your children make – it’s about the creative journey and the hours of fun spent playing with their creations after.

We’re believers in less screen time, more fun!

The Team

Claire

Claire is the Founder of Oglee Poglee. A former glass-blower, with a 3D Design Degree, 8 years’ experience managing arts events, crafting is in her blood. Her two boys encouraged her to bring her passions together – motherhood and creativity – and Oglee Poglee was born.

It’s hard to choose one!  I loved paper mache as a kid, all that squishy goo stuck to your fingers and the endless hours waiting for your creation to dry before you could paint it. Play dough is also awesome. You can make it in about 5 minutes and then spend hours making all sorts of crazy stuff with the kids.

Superheroes is always a real giggle with the kids. Whether it’s girls or boys they get into the theme almost instantly, and I love how they describe their superhero selves.

Being able to turn a child’s dreams into a reality.  Every party we do is different and the fun bit is including those little extra details that make it unique to the Birthday child.

A tough question as each one is unique.  The extra girly ones with unicorns and rainbows are super cool and very on trend right now.  I am not normally into super girly things but these are very cute.  Oh the things you could make…

Bizi

Bizi has worked with children for over 15 years, in inclusive theatre and in an arts and crafts capacity. She joined the Oglee Poglee party team with a creative talent and boundless energy that the children adore

Origami. I love the beautiful papers and find the whole thing very relaxing. I even made 1000 origami cranes for my wedding day, a Japanese tradition called Senbazuru. I have to admit, that nearly put me off ever folding again!

It’s got to be the Magic School. Who could resist making spells with worms, giant’s belly button fluff and all manner of other disgusting things!

Each party is built around a story and I love seeing how the children become immersed in the theme. Once you have captured their imaginations the children invent all sorts of magical stories and ideas.

My daughter loves the little gnomes that comes in the woodland party bags​

Jo

Jo is an early years teacher and has worked with children for over 20 years. Jo loves to see children get messy and use their imagination to create.

I love to do art at home with my own children, creating alongside them. Our favourites are observational drawings with watercolours and making things from clay. We also like to go into the woods and make pictures from loose parts like sticks and pine cones.

I love the make believe element of the fairy parties, the children really embrace it

I enjoy the process, watching a childs idea develop into a piece of art unique to them. The children are always very proud of their creations and love taking them home.

Under the sea is full of colour and works really well for a mixed party of boys and girls. Sharks, mermaids and pretty shells it’s a really inviting little craft kit.

“Claire created the most amazing bugs and butterfly party for my daughter’s 5th birthday. There were so many different crafts: making snails and butterflies, jumping frogs, bug hunts, painting a garden scene, searching for ladybirds, making garden crowns and so much more. Everything was so well organised, and Claire involved the birthday girl in setting up things which made her feel very special! I would 100% recommend Oglee Poglee.”

Hannah mum to Isla, Seer Green