Creative Homes with Viridian Housing, Lambeth & Southwark. May 2015 – July 2015

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Making a space for play

  Lead Artist Helen Maier tells the story of how the Play Inspector helped bring a family together through play. “How shall we play today?” asks the Play Inspector “We could dance, build, create, read or role.” Amaya(5) looks at the five brightly coloured mats laid across the lino floor of her living room.”Create!” she says, […]

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Trust on the doorstep

  Knock, knock, knock. The door is opened by Adina, wearing a jumper, jeans and a simple headscarf. She smiles a wide smile, her high cheekbones raising higher. “Hi Adina, we’re delivering ‘make your own toilet roll bus’ kits”. Kaleb pokes his head around his mum’s legs, his big round eyes shining and his face serious. […]

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Follow us to find the treasure

“Follow us to find the treasure, follow us to find the treasure”, I sing as I skip through the Church Manor Estate car park in green dungarees and gingham headscarf. “Follow us to find the treasure, stop!” I whirl around. A group of about ten families stand behind me, laughing and trying to freeze on […]

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Small Steps to Big Changes

Hub Manager and Lead Artists Helen Maier tells the story of how small changes to the daily routine can make a big difference. I’m sitting on a sofa in a bare living room with peeling wallpaper, the curtains still shut. Nathan (4) and his sister Serena (5) stick coloured paper on the cardboard den we […]

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Inside Out

At Creative Homes many of the parents we work with are not native to England and have to adjust to living in a new place and culture at the same time as raising small children. Lead Artist and Hub Manager Helen Maier tells the story of one mother’s struggle to overcome isolation in a new […]

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Play near you this Summer

Good bye to all the families we’ve been working with at our Viridian hub, we’ve had a great time and hope you have to! Here are a few links to play near you this Summer. Mulberry Centre, Myatt’s Fields Park Mulberry Centre, 12a Calais Street, London, SE5 9LP For more information on the Mulberry Centre, click here. […]

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Make your own Farm House

What you will need: A matchbox A piece of red card with double-sided sticky tape on one side A black piece of card for roof, windows and door with double-sided sticky tape on one side  

Empty the mud/seed mixture into the box and smooth with the knife. Leave on the windowsill and water when the soil becomes dry. After a few days your cress will begin to sprout.

Make your own Cress Farm

What you will need: 1 Bag of soil and cress seed mix 1 Plastic tub A few twigs A ball of ‘Das’ modelling clay 1 Plastic knife Some water    

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