Remember how you played?

Children need to direct their own play. Give them:

Time

Their own time every day

Space

To spread out & get messy inside & outside in nature

Freedom

To choose what, how & who to play with, without adult agendas

Loose Parts

Like cardboard, sand, water, nature and art materials

All children should have the opportunity for this type of play every day

Let them lead, children are experts in their own play.

The Sunflower Play Initiative


To celebrate Sunflower’s 25th Anniversary, we’ve launched The Sunflower Play Initiative to raise awareness of the many benefits of child-directed play.

Come play with us in November! We are excited to announce our Fall event, the Delray Big Build and Workshops, on Nov 4 from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm at Old School Square on the West Lawn, facing Swinton Ave.

FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES Good, old-fashioned ‘Loose Parts’ play with many large and small boxes- cardboard, fabric, yarn, recycling bits and lots of tape. Freedom to build creations of your imagination…

FOR ADULTS Free Mini-Workshops – The Power of Play: Nurturing Happier, Healthier Children and Communities in the Ocean Breeze room, 10:30, 12:00 and 1:00. Morgan Leichter-Saxby of Pop-Up Adventure Play will lead the 20-minute workshops.

Thank you, Old School Square, for partnering with us to promote Play!

Why?

Research shows that child-directed play is a crucial element in the healthy development of social-emotional skills, physical skills and mental wellbeing. Play is a building block of academic success and a joyful childhood. All children should have the opportunity for this type of play every day.


 

Text the code “PLAYBOXES” to 44321 to donate to support The Sunflower Play Initiative.

Sunflower Creative Arts is a Delray Beach based 501c3 nonprofit empowering children to be confident, creative and compassionate through Play, Nature and the Arts.

Beginning June 2018, Sunflower will present free, community Pop-Up Playful Builds offering fun, direct, hands-on experiences to children, families, caregivers and educators.

Throughout the summer, Playful Builds will pop up at the Delray Beach Library, Catherine Strong Park, the Delray Beach Children’s Garden, the Arts Garage, and the Farm Workers Council in Lake Worth, as well as some surprise locations.

The builds will feature good, old-fashioned summer fun with a huge pile of large and small boxes, cardboard, lots of tape and loose parts like fabric, yarn and recycling bits, that children can use to create anything that comes to their imaginations.

Why? Research shows that child-directed play is a crucial element in the healthy development of social-emotional skills, physical skills and mental wellbeing. Play is a building block of academic success and a joyful childhood. All children should have the opportunity for this type of play every day.

This inaugural year of The Sunflower Play Initiative will culminate on Sunday, November 4th at Old School Square with free workshops for parents, after-school administrators, teachers and play advocates, and an All Delray Community Playful Big Build Event from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

 

Up Coming Sunflower Pop-Up Playful Builds


Delray Big Build and Workshops

Sunday, Nov. 4th 10:00 – 2:00

Old School Square On the West Lawn, facing Swinton Ave.

FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES Good, old-fashioned ‘Loose Parts’ play with many large and small boxes- cardboard, fabric, yarn, recycling bits and lots of tape. Freedom to build creations of your imagination…

FOR ADULTS Free Mini-Workshops – The Power of Play: Nurturing Happier, Healthier Children and Communities in the Ocean Breeze room, 10:30, 12:00 and 1:00. Morgan Leichter-Saxby of Pop-Up Adventure Play will lead the 20-minute workshops.


Delray Beach Children’s Garden

November 10, 11:30 am- 1:00 pm

Delray Beach Children’s Garden
March 30, 11:30 am- 1:00 pm

Thank you to our 25th Anniversary Silver Sponsors
Neil Bourdelaise, Branch Sales Manager with First Home Mortgage

and our Activity Sponsors Old School Square, SmartZone, Resource Depot.

Learn more about The Sunflower Play Initiative


Tales of Creativity and Play TED Talk by Tim Brown


At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play — with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn’t).


Collected Play Resources

The Amazing Benefits of Child-Directed Play from Pop-Up Adventure Play

Facts on Play from KaBOOM!

Growth and Development: Child-Directed Play from Seattle Children’s Hospital

The Adult Role in Child-Led Play from Nature Play

Taking Play Seriously The New York Times article, Jan. 29, 2018

Loose Parts Play from Inspiring Scotland

Handbooks from Playground Ideas

Evidence from Playground Ideas

Different ways to contact Sunflower

Office Hours: M-F 8:00am3:00pm

Phone: 561 501-6615

Email:[email protected]

Address: 227 N Dixie Blvd, Delray Beach, FL 33444


Text the code “PLAYBOXES” to 44321 to donate to support The Sunflower Play


 


Text the code “PLAYBOXES” to 44321 to donate to support The Sunflower Play


 


Text the code “PLAYBOXES” to 44321 to donate to support The Sunflower Play


 

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