A new partnership will deliver bags packed with creative activities and inspiring materials to 1000 vulnerable children and young people in Doncaster this Summer. IVE, the Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber, is working with Doncaster Cultural Education Partnership, of which Cast is a part of, and social services in Doncaster to deliver Bags of Creativity. The bags are designed to make sure all children and young people can be creative at home by providing everything they need in one place.
DCEP has recruited a team of 20 local creative practitioners and organisations to design activities for Bags of Creativity. Child development specialists, Dr Karen Dunn and Di Chilvers have given training and mentoring to the team to ensure that activities are both tailored to the contents of the bags and engaging for children in each age range. DCEP is working directly with social services to distribute the bags to vulnerable children via trusted adults including social workers and foster carers.
Bags of Creativity, containing 20 specially designed activity postcards, have been created for three separate age groups. For 2-6 year-olds, an orange bag contains vibrant chiffon scarves, a space blanket, and many other materials to enhance imaginative play. 7-11 year-olds will receive a bright green bag full of colouring pencils, pipe cleaners and further tactile materials for creative expression . 12-16 year-olds will receive a navy blue bag with contents including watercolour paints and modelling clay, giving them additional ways to explore their creativity. LazenbyBrown of York designed the Bags of Creativity free of charge.
Keep an eye on Cast's social media to follow the #BagsOfCreativity project! You can download all of the postcards to work through and play with your children at home, from our Kids Activities page here.
Here's a sneak peek below:
For ages 2-6
For ages 7-11
For ages 12-16