Creating Safe Social Playgrounds Everywhere We Go
Modern Makers is pleased to introduce Taylor’s Gift, our newest Safe Social Playground collaboration with Santa Barbara Cottage Children’s Medical Center. Inspired by the personal experiences of my daughter Taylor and her frequent childhood visits to the hospital to treat cerebral palsy, the Taylor’s Gift outreach project was designed to minimize the fear and maximize the friendship associated with any pediatric hospitalization.
Specifically, Taylor’s Gift is a complimentary recreational experience available to all pediatric patients that uses Modern Makers art and craft supplies to create, connect, and build community. Upon admission to the hospital, each pediatric patient is gifted with a Taylor’s Gift welcome-kit. Its colorful packaging and cheerful contents include age-appropriate arts and craft supplies, reading materials, and fun-infused items. Children can choose to explore the welcome kit in the privacy of their own room, or perhaps bring it to the Hospital Resource Room, where they will find a safe social playground in which to interact and meet new friends.
Taylor’s Gift brings the tried-and-true simplicity and comfort of the age-old crafting circle to the hospital community. Whether explored individually, with siblings, parents, roommates or floormates, Taylor’s Gift hopes to offer a little piece of pleasure to patients and families as they brave the physical and emotional challenges of pediatric hospitalization.
“Modern Makers has become one of the most popular outside programs we’ve done, as it engages all ages and encourages each child’s creative outlet in whatever form they are capable of doing.
I so look forward to each week as the patients and families have an opportunity to immerse themselves in a world of art, whether in the playroom or at bedside. Modern Makers will always be welcome!”
Jaynie R. Woods MS, Child Life Specialist
Cottage Children’s Medical Center
Help us provide crafts for up to 1200 hospital guests and siblings this year.
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