“At the start of the project, we visited some groups to gather inspiration for our cast of characters, and on one occasion a volunteer had her cocker spaniel dashing around the hall,” says Kevin Yeates, Scouts head of creative. “Seeing everyone interact with him gave Geth the idea of including a dog (Buddy) to complete our diverse cast of characters.” Buddy has been used to demonstrate some of the more out-there activities, and is seen pretending to be a wizard flying on a magic carpet and creating a dance routine in a full Mardi Gras costume. “Buddy has given us lots of scope to add some chaotic fun,” says Yeates.
Young Studio’s typically geometric and shape-based style comes from Vaughan’s background as a graphic designer and for this project especially the team wanted to keep everything as bold and graphic as possible. Vaughan explains: “This gives the style flexibility to be as expressive as it need to be, with full blown out character scenes and lavish backdrops – but distinctive enough so that we can pull everything back, showcase the characters in their minimalist form and still be recognisable as more instructional material.”
Yeates adds, “We’re thrilled that everyone in the UK will get the chance to discover these activities for themselves and hope that they go some way in helping families of all shapes and sizes out.”
With activities like making animal collages out of fallen leaves, crafting a monster bookmark and writing a postcard to your future self, we think there’s some absolute gold for self-isolating adults too.