The toy library worked with Children’s Scrapstore along with support from Comic Relief Local Communities to bring an exciting range of scrap play items available from URC. Toy library member’s children are able to choose from a variety of interesting and tactile scrap items to take home with them for a donation of just 50p per box.
Offering children hours of creative play, so far one toy library member’s son had great fun creating a robot from his scrap items, while in our house a boat has been made to use in the bath, plus some of the items come out of the box on a daily basis to be used in a shop or as part of a doctor’s kit.
The idea behind the scrap play boxes is to encourage free creative play, for children to experiment and to learn by trial and error, all under the supervision of an adult (who are actively encouraged to join in and have fun making things from the scrap items!).
With hedgehogs and flowers made out of books at Marksbury Road Library and hosted by Scrapstore and South Bristol Toy Library, our second event in collaboration with Scrapstore was a match made in heaven.
A huge amount of fun was had by children and parents alike as a couple of hours on a miserable and rainy Saturday morning in October was spent sticking wobbly eyes and felt noses on to hedgehogs made from the folded pages of used books. The Marksbury Road Library setting was perfect: surrounded by books, children got busy colouring in, while their parents, carers and Rachel from Scrapstore helped fold pages and cut out paper flowers.
We had well over 50 children and their grown-ups turn up to our first event that took place on Saturday 3rd September at URC. In collaboration with the wonderful Children’s Scrapstore it was a Scrapstore Cardboard Cities Event with two hours spent making buildings and dens out of large and small cardboard boxes, younger kids crawling into them, finding hiding places and having an amazing amount of fun (the grown-ups did too).
There was also a mini-worlds area set up where all kinds of weird and fabulously creative hats were made from scrap items including feathers, pom-poms, stickers and pipe-cleaners.
Our thanks go to Rachel from the Scrapstore along with her daughter, Ada, who not only helped out on the day but made us this lovely card.