The Sunflower Play Initiative

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.

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 1-844-544-7171 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 in early November, with a morning of free workshops for parents, after-school administrators, teachers and play advocates, followed by an All Delray Community Playful Big Build Event in the afternoon.

 

Up Coming Sunflower Pop-Up Playful Builds


Saturday, Aug. 11, 9:00- 1:00

Catherine Strong Park, Back to School Bash

For all ages


Saturday, October 13 9:30- 12:00

Carver Middle School Sustainability Event with Wise Tribe

TBD

Learn more about The Sunflower Play Initiative


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

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 844-544-7171 to donate to support The Sunflower Play


 


Text the code “PLAYBOXES” to 844-544-7171 to donate to support The Sunflower Play


 


Text the code “PLAYBOXES” to 844-544-7171 to donate to support The Sunflower Play


 

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