Play time!

Arts and activities

“All the toys and distractions make the waiting so much more bearable.”

A tired mum

We fund an extensive Arts Programme, providing fun, creativity and distraction by delivering a wide variety of arts activities for children throughout the hospital.

(Please note that before 1 May 2017, the Charity was known as The Sick Kids Friends Foundation)

Through 2016/17 we will deliver a wide variety of art collaborations, a small selection of which include:

  • Artist in residence programmes - work with children who are kept in isolation.
  • Dancebase teachers - work with the physiotherapy department to keep children active, even while they are bed bound.
  • Art and music therapists - encourage children who have cancer to express themselves through art or patients in the high dependency unit who will respond to music.
  • The Wee Replicators team - work with the occupational therapists and use 3D printing pens to build sculptures with children who need help with fine motor skills.

“The Charity provides so much fun that I often have a job on my hands trying to get Emily home when she is better!".”

What an effect we're having!

Not only does ECHC provide an exciting, varied and ongoing programme of fun activities for children of all ages, but we're also proud to be contributing over £3 million for the Art and Therapeutic Design Programme at the new hospital at Little France.


The Colouringness Book is a colouring in book with mindfulness techniques which young people who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have created. We hope you will use it as a fun and helpful tool. Click the above link to download it.

The colouring-in pictures are from sessions undertaken by young people with ADHD at the National Museum of Scotland, with support from Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity. You will see the inspirational art work by the young people and a photograph of the actual object from the Museum, as well as the pictures to be coloured in. You will also find a scattering of Mindfulness techniques to help you along the way. Listen as Grant Stott guides you through the book.

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