Castle Howard Explorer: New children’s illustrated trail

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Castle Howard were one of my first ever clients, and remain one of my favourites. It’s a magical place, and the team always have lovely, creative ideas and a real sense of fun.

I normally design a new activity for Castle Howard’s children’s trail offering every year or two. This year it was a new page of nature activities based on the Walled Garden. I’m really keen on activities which encourage children to appreciate the natural world, so this was a lovely project.

All the various activities have been combined into a new ‘Castle Howard Explorer’ booklet with a new front cover.

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Therapeutic Flashcards: Using animals to help children talk about their feelings

Illustration of a swan with its signets safely on its back, represents a feeling of safety

I recently enjoyed working on this series of illustrations depicting different emotions using animals. They are for a set of therapeutic ‘feelings cards’ to be used to help children talk about their thoughts and feelings in a fun and non-threatening way.

A Therapeutic Treasure Deck of Sentence Completion and Feelings Cards (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

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The cards are designed to complement a book by the same author, Dr Karen Treisman.

A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma