Over the last nine months there’s been sprinkling of magic happening every Tuesday in Broomgrove Community Centre. The Play Magic Parent and Toddler Group has been a grand experiment! It involves a life-size wooden ‘Zebicorn’, a pinch of play, arts and community development work and a good scoop of partnership working. Parents have added to the mix by capturing the magic in photographs that show learning moments. 

Play Hastings/Hastings Borough Council, Radiator Arts and Real Strategies wanted to create a lively learning setting. Professional artists, play workers and community staff changed activities and props in response to parent and child ideas and children’s learning needs. Together they created an under-the-sea installation, large and small free canvas work, personalised storytelling. Of course, there was also some: trike-riding, dinosaur play, and regular singing sessions around a home-made duck pond! All part of the magical potion.

This Tuesday the children’s creative works, and parent and child photographs, were exhibited at a ‘Share the Magic’ Exhibition. The work was also celebrated by bringing the beach to Broomgrove for a Magic Seaside Party.

Andy Batsford, lead councillor for community engagement, commented: ‘‘What I love about this project is the creativity and bringing new ideas to the children and parents. All have obviously gained much from attending, and their enjoyment, creativity and learning comes through in the exhibition.”

The project was supported by the above-mentioned partners and with funding from: Lottery, Big Local, and Optivo and Orbit South Housing Associations. They hope that the future will bring more magic. Partners are looking for funds to build on this work. 

For more information on the project, please contact Sue Lelliott on 07753962659.

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