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Create & Learn PlayKits

Since June 2020, Battersea Arts Centre has partnered with creative organisations across the borough and with Wandsworth Council, working together to make and distribute over 6000 creative activity kits to 46 Primary Schools and 16 community groups/ summer schemes. The Create & Learn PlayKits won the national Hearts for the Arts Award for Best Arts Project for providing over 4000 children in Wandsworth with resources that was a “really heart-warming and simple example of what a big impact small targeted local initiative can achieve.”

Being creative can feel like magic.

We’ve been working with schools and Wandsworth Council for over a year to make sure that every family has access to practical and creative materials like scissors, glue, crayons etc during school closures, especially those being impacted by digital poverty.

The Create & Learn PlayKits contain a range of creative resources and activities designed by local artists for families with children aged 6-10 years old.

Building upon the success of the scheme and following consultation with headteachers, the consortium is looking to create a new kit to support children’s creativity and wellbeing – for a summer of creative play.

This kit will provide children with activities to encourage them to play, engage with nature and their local environment, support the development of a positive mental and emotional health, and materials to support them to be creative at home. The kit would include a quality sketchbook designed by an artist, featuring a range of creative activities and ideas, with plenty of blank pages for the children’s own artwork.

This summer, the consortium hopes to be able to provide 5000 6-10 year olds in most need with art materials and aims to make the sketchbook of activities available to every child in Wandsworth.

The consortium of partners includes Agora Arts Circle, Battersea Arts Centre, Creative Wandsworth, Nine Elms Arts Ministry, Roehampton R.O.C.K.S, Royal College of Art, SenTalk, Tara Arts, Wandsworth Council, 575 Wandsworth Road (National Trust).

You can still download a digital version of our first kit here.

Download your digital Create & Learn PlayKit

If you would like to find out more about the project and how to support it please email lydiap@bac.org.uk

If the organisation you work for would like to receive a sketchbook in the Summer please email Katherine.Hill@RichmondandWandsworth.gov.uk

HEARTS FOR THE ARTS AWARD | JUDGES COMMENTS:

“This is a simple idea, beautifully executed. Putting affordable creativity into the hands of children.”

Samuel West, actor and director

“A wonderful example of a community responding to specific need and bringing art and creativity into the homes and lives of the children involved…. really heart-warming and simple example of what a big impact small targeted local initiative can achieve.”

Mariella Frostrup, journalist and broadcaster

“The simplicity of the project is brilliant and enabling so many kids to access the joys of creativity is hugely worthwhile.”

Francesca Martinez, comedian, writer, actress

“Direct, impactful creativity delivered straight to the young minds who will have charge of our culture in the future.”

Adrian Lester, actor and director