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Designing with Children: A creative approach to re-imagining cities and communities Toolkit

Author(s): Play Africa

Play Africa has developed an African contribution to freely-available global placemaking resources. We have created an open-source toolkit, which supports local adaptation and implementation of Play Africa’s “Designing with Children” workshop.

We developed this toolkit to build the capacity of placemakers, educators and others to lead a participatory workshop to positively influence the development of more child-friendly, safe and playful urban environments, with a focus on African cities and towns. This toolkit can be used by everyone to create a playful learning experience for children while empowering them to imagine an improved community.

Workshop Sections
Introduction: The introduction includes an overview of the format of the toolkit, and a brief exploration of the key concepts of placemaking and design thinking.
The documents here will help you plan and conduct the adaptable Play Africa workshop “Designing with Children”. We recommend utilising all four parts when implementing your adaptation of the workshop.
Part 1: These documents will assist you in planning the workshop “Designing With Children”. Read this section to prepare your space, group, and materials.
Part 2: This is the workshop curriculum “Designing with Children”. Here you will find suggested activities, timelines and suggested scripts.
Part 3: We have created materials to aid in the implementation of the workshop. Materials include visual aids, a certificate and observation forms. Please adapt the materials to your needs.
Part 4: Here you will find an adaptable child safety policy, as well as other safety documents such as consent forms, a risk mitigation template and a photo/media release form. Use these documents to maintain child-safeguarding standards.

Learning Material
Part 5: Play Africa collected thought leadership pieces from urban actors across the globe to continue the conversations around meaningful inclusion of children in placemaking. City planners, architects, researchers and child advocates contributed their thoughts to this discourse.
Part 6: Play Africa has a history of empowering children through placemaking and participatory programming. These Play Africa programmes urged children, and the adults, to re-think and reclaim public spaces for children’s play, creativity, exploration and connection. Learn more about these programmes, and how Play Africa encourages all children to find their voice, so that they can participate actively in their own society.

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