What We Do

Pop-Up Build and Plays

Our Pop-Ups offer fun, direct, hands-on experiences to children, families, caregivers and educators through good old-fashioned play. Each Build and Play invites children of all ages to create, invent, and build anything using their imagination and a huge pile of recyclable loose parts such as large and small cardboard boxes, lots of tape, fabric, paper tubes, art supplies, etc.

Since June 2018, our Pop-Up Build and Play events were held at the Delray Beach Library, Catherine Strong Park, the Delray Beach Children’s Garden, and the Farm Workers Council in Lake Worth, and other child-friendly locations in South Florida. And stay tuned for more…

Have an idea on where to host the next Pop-Up Build and Play? Contact us.  We want to hear your ideas.

“Play” talks and Workshops for Educators and Parents

We are a resource for play.  Susan Caruso, Founding Director of the Play Initiative and Sunflower Creative Arts offers presentations and workshops for educators and parents.


  • Play is Powerful
  • Introduction to Play Learning
  • Becoming a Playful Teacher
  • Teaching Social and Emotional Skills through Play
  • Acquiring 21st Century Skills through Play
  • Environments and Invitations: Tools for Nourishing Creativity and Curiosity in Early Childhood


  • Play Empowers Children
  • Becoming a Playful Parent
  • Building Connections through Play

Play Coaching

Need some help with play?  One-on-one coaching is available to educators and organizations.  We help schools set up sustainable play spaces , plan nature play scapes, incorporate child-directed play into curriculum…

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