Bags of Creativity are arts and crafts resources available to organisations who work with disadvantaged children and young people in the city.
The bags are free and contain postcards designed by local artists to enable children and young people to do age appropriate creative activities at home, providing everything they need in one place.
There are three different kinds of bags:
- For 2-6 year-olds, an orange bag contains vibrant chiffon scarves, a space blanket, and many other materials to enhance imaginative play.
- 7-11 year-olds receive a bright green bag full of colouring pencils, pipe cleaners and further tactile materials for creative expression.
- 12-16 year-olds get a navy blue bag with contents including watercolour paints and modelling clay, giving them additional ways to explore their creativity.
There are compelling reasons for ensuring that all children and young people, wherever they start in life, benefit from rich and rewarding creative and arts experiences. Evidence suggests that the skills required for success at school, at work and in life are those at the heart of creativity.
The City of York Council are distributing these bags as part of a wider partnership across the region. Local creative agency LazenbyBrown designed the Bags of Creativity free of charge.
The bags are currently at York Explore between 9am and 10am each weekday from Tuesday to Friday. Or email Tim Waudby if you can’t make those times.