Bags of Creativity – DCEP in action!
During the first lockdown IVE, the Bridge Organisation for Yorkshire and the Humber, worked with us at Doncaster Cultural Education Partnership and Children’s Services in Doncaster to deliver the Bags of Creativity project. Over 1000 bags were packed with creative activities and inspiring materials to be delivered to children and young people in Doncaster. 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 recruited a team of local artists and creative organisations to design activities for Bags of Creativity which have been printed onto double sided postcards. Child development specialists, Dr Karen Dunn and Di Chilvers provided 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.
Bags of Creativity, containing the 20 specially designed activity postcards, were created for three separate age groups. For 2-6-year-olds, an orange bag contained vibrant chiffon scarves, a space blanket, and many other materials to enhance imaginative play. 7-11-year-olds received a bright green bag full of colouring pencils, pipe cleaners and further tactile materials for creative expression. 12-16-year-olds received 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.
Many thanks to everyone involved in making this wonderful project happen. A special mention to the DCEP members who packed up the bags with the postcards and resources.
The postcards can be downloaded from the Kids Activities page of Cast’s website here.
Here’s are a few examples:
For ages 2-6
For ages 7-11
For ages 12-16