What We Do

Pop-Up Build and Plays

Our Pop-Ups offer fun, direct, hands-on experiences to children, families, caregivers and educators through good old-fashioned play. Each Build and Play invites children of all ages to create, invent, and build anything using their imagination and a huge pile of recyclable loose parts such as large and small cardboard boxes, lots of tape, fabric, paper tubes, art supplies, etc.

Since June 2018, our Pop-Up Build and Play events were held at the Delray Beach Library, Catherine Strong Park, the Delray Beach Children’s Garden, and the Farm Workers Council in Lake Worth, and other child-friendly locations in South Florida. And stay tuned for more…

Have an idea on where to host the next Pop-Up Build and Play? Contact us.  We want to hear your ideas.

“Play” talks and Workshops for Educators and Parents

We are a resource for play.  Susan Caruso, Founding Director of the Play Initiative and Sunflower Creative Arts offers presentations and workshops for educators and parents.


  • Play is Powerful
  • Introduction to Play Learning
  • Becoming a Playful Teacher
  • Teaching Social and Emotional Skills through Play
  • Acquiring 21st Century Skills through Play
  • Environments and Invitations: Tools for Nourishing Creativity and Curiosity in Early Childhood


  • Play Empowers Children
  • Becoming a Playful Parent
  • Building Connections through Play

Play Coaching

Need some help with play?  One-on-one coaching is available to educators and organizations.  We help schools set up sustainable play spaces , plan nature play scapes, incorporate child-directed play into curriculum…

Build & Play is a community program of Sunflower Creative Arts, a Delray Beach based 501c3 nonprofit empowering children to be confident, creative and compassionate through Play, Nature and the Arts. We are funded by donors, grants, Sunflower Creative Arts and Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County.