Create and Learn PlayKits: Summer 2021

Inspired by local National Trust house 575 Wandsworth Road, the Create and Learn PlayKits encourage children to engage with nature and their environment whilst supporting the development of positive mental and emotional wellbeing. This new summer kit includes a quality sketchbook designed by artist and RCA graduate Hannah Coulson, with contribution from local artist Raksha Patel, and features a range of creative activities, with plenty of blank pages for their own artwork and ideas. 

You can download a digital version of our latest kit here:

Watch our video for tips on how to use your summer sketchbook

Being creative can feel like magic.

Since June 2020, Wandsworth Council has partnered with Battersea Arts Centre, and creative organisations across the borough to make and distribute over 6000 creative activity kits to 46 Primary Schools and 16 community groups/ summer schemes.

After the first version of the kits being made last summer and again in a Christmas iteration during the second lockdown, The Create & Learn PlayKits have since won the national Hearts for the Arts Award for Best Arts Project for providing over 4000 children in Wandsworth with resources in a “really heart-warming and simple example of what a big impact small targeted local initiative can achieve.”

Building upon the success of the scheme and following consultation with headteachers, the consortium have created a new kit in 2021 to support children’s creativity and wellbeing – for a summer of outdoor creative play.

This summer, 4000 6-10 year olds recieved kits through Wandsworth schools, and the sketchbook is now available to download, so every child can get creative this summer!

The partners include: Agora Arts Circle, Battersea Arts Centre, Creative Wandsworth, Nine Elms Arts Ministry, Roehampton R.O.C.K.S, Royal College of Art, Wandsworth Council and 575 Wandsworth Road (National Trust).

The project is generously supported by Arena, Battersea Power Station Foundation, Battersea United Charities, Big Local SW11, Big Yellow Storage, ISG, National Education Union Wandsworth, Sale, SenTalk, Southside Shopping Centre, Thomas Foundation and Wandsworth Council.