We believe having access to creative opportunities is fundamental to living happy healthy lives.
Creativity is closely linked to positive mental well-being. It’s a powerful outlet for self-expression, helps process emotions and reduces stress. Creativity promotes a sense of accomplishment, fulfillment, and empowerment, contributing to a positive mindset and enabling folks to manage change and uncertainty due to increased resilience.
With this in mind and thanks to Healthier Together North East, we were able to commission artist Sofia Barton to design a few creative activities for families and young people in our Mortal Fools community.
Keep reading to find out more and download the activities.
Reasons to have a go at Sofia’s creative activities:
The series of activities are perfect for embedding creativity at home/community setting across a week like Children’s Mental Health Week, or for rainy day afternoons or at times when things feel a bit tricky.
The activities are designed to be self-led but with a parent, carer, youth worker, teacher supporting the activity. This is especially important with younger children.
Materials to have to hand that might be useful ahead of doing the activities:
Download the Take 5 Activity by clicking here.
Download the Paper Sculptures Activity by clicking here.
Download the Journey Activity by clicking here.
Download the Happy Accidents Activity by clicking here.
Watch the video tutorial here and do the activity along with artist Sofia.
Download the Draw Your Breath Activity by clicking here.
And that’s it – 5 creative activities from artist Sofia Barton!
You can find out more about Sofia’s work via their website. Sofia is a socially engaged British South Asian artist, who is best known for her unique fusion of Indian matchbox art, brightly coloured graphics, and Punjabi-inspired masterpieces.
Check out Sofia’s website by clicking here.
This activity series was supported by Healthier Together North East. Healthier Together is a website full of trusted NHS healthcare advice digital resources, advice and guidance for folks in the North East and North Cumbria.
On the site you’ll find information about things physical health, illness & mental health related, created with NHS clinicians, to ensure the best advice for parents, carers, young people, and health professionals.
Check out Healthier Together website by clicking here.