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Fun Palaces - Worry Dolls and Worry Warriors!

Often children find it difficult to understand and articulate their own worries, especially in these times. Their worries can manifest as a stomach ache or a teary tantrum and can make it difficult for them to sleep. The Ancient Mayans came up with a wonderful remedy to help children to express their worries and sleep soundly – they created Worry Dolls with their children. 

Worry Dolls are small hand-made dolls. According to tradition, children tell their worries to the Worry Dolls and then place them under their pillow when they go to bed at night. The Worry Dolls take on the responsibility of the problem, freeing up the worrier and allowing them to sleep peacefully. By morning the dolls are said to have gifted the child with the knowledge and wisdom needed to eliminate their worries. Perfect for ages 5-11.

Tutor: Emily Glen 

Emily is an experienced sculptor and craft maker and has been working in the New Milton area creating and delivering work for several years. Emily has experience working in a local care home programming and delivery art activities and specialises in model making. Emily brings a lot of creativity to her work and allows participants to 'make their mark' and express themselves in a fun and safe way. Emily is an integral part of the Forest Arts Centre programming as she delivers the majority of our holiday clubs, creative camps and summer schools as well as teaching weekly for our Creative Kids Club!

Each space booked is per family, please no more than four people per family or support bubble. 

What is Fun Palaces?    

Fun Palaces is an ongoing campaign for cultural democracy, with an annual weekend of action every October.

The campaign promotes culture at the heart of community and community at the heart of culture. The weekend of action uses the combination of arts, craft, science, tech, digital, heritage and sports activities, led by local people for local people, sharing their own passions and skills, as a catalyst for community-led transformation, with active participation for all ages.

Book onto the Fun Palaces - Worry Dolls and Worry Warriors! at Hampshire Cultural Trust's Forest Arts Centre, New Milton now!

To help keep everyone safe, we’ve made some changes at Forest Arts Centre. We have introduced a number of measures in line with government guidelines to help manage our visitor numbers and ensure we maintain social distancing to protect you, our staff and volunteers. You can find out what we are doing at Forest Arts Centre here. More information is available in our FAQs.

Please email forest.arts@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk if you have any enquiries. 

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