On their 25th anniversary, Sunflower Creative Arts launched the Sunflower Play Initiative (SPI), a community outreach program that strives to give all children access to child-initiated, creative play while raising awareness of the many profound benefits of unstructured free play in childhood to communities and educators. Sunflower Play Initiative serves the communities of South Palm … Continue reading Sunflower Creative Arts presents Sunflower Play Initiative
Sunflower Creative Arts launched Sunflower Play Initiative in June 2018. Check out our top 10 highlights from June 2019-July 2020.
In May 2020, SPI launched Build and Play at Home, an initiative to bring play materials to children of economically-challenged families in Delray Beach and Lake Worth during this pandemic. Two hundred Sunflower Play Packs were made and distributed for the children at our partnered sites and in the community. Play packs are plastic shoe … Continue reading July 2020 Update – Build & Play at Home
Sunflower Play Initiative had the pleasure of hosting 34 Build & Play sessions at Farmworker's After School Program from July 2018 - March 2020. Sessions lasted 60 - 120 minutes. Build & Play sessions took place under the carport with an abundance of “loose parts”: open-ended materials such as cardboard, tape, fabric, recyclables, science and … Continue reading Students Shine Bright at Farmworkers
In October 2019, SPI received funding from Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach to launch Build & Play After School, an enrichment program that encourages children to create, build, and PLAY with loose parts (open-ended materials). The hallmark of our program is giving children the freedom, space and time to engage in child-initiated creative play. The … Continue reading SPI launches Build & Play @ Home Initiative
In November 2019, SPI launched their Build & Play After School program at Pine Grove Elementary, Milagro Center, and Farmworkers Coordinating Council of Palm Beach. On a weekly basis, the program supplies loose parts materials and play counselors who supervise the children’s play, set up and clean up while each school/after school center provides an … Continue reading SPI brings their Pop-Up Build & Plays to local after school groups
Sunflower Play Initiative uses loose parts as tools to encourage child-directed play. Child-directed play is the type of play that happens when children freely choose what to play and create and follow their own rules for how to play. Loose parts are open-ended materials (natural or synthetic) that can by easily moved, taken apart, put … Continue reading What are Loose Parts? Why do we need them to play?
It has been 13 months since we launched Sunflower Play Initiative. What started as a small project of hosting Pop-Up Build and Plays in Delray Beach grew into an entire community outreach program serving children, parents, educators and communities in Palm Beach County. Since the beginning, in June 2018, SPI had the opportunity to … Continue reading Our 1st Year in Review – Highlights of the year