Institute of Imagination

The iOi Imagination Box

Covid has magnified the vulnerability of all children, especially those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The Institute of Imagination’s iOi Imagination Box supports the needs of SEND families from home with our award-winning creative programmes, rebuilding resilience and wellbeing.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 June 2021 to 12:00 PM, 22 June 2021


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1109276)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)


United Kingdom

  • Ticking my list and away we go with my very first Lava Lamp experiment. Amazing clear instructions with picture references so that I knew what to do with very little help from my assistant Mummy. Thank you!

    — Parent/Child - 2021

  • “I only regret not discovering iOi before! It gives children confidence to explore new things, and lots of ideas on how to use materials they find at home.”

    — Parent - 2019

  • "It has been an absolute blessing for us, the children have come back every week so inspired and excited about the project they have been doing. You are amazing!"

    — Parent - 2020

  • "Great opportunity to build something from scratch and see the end result which makes them so proud!"

    — Teacher - 2020


The pandemic has caused a unique disruption to learning for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The need for specialist care, structure, equipment, and adapted learning environments means that they will emerge from this year of isolation with greater barriers to their development and wellbeing. 15% of children in England have SEND.


Nurturing creativity is essential to supporting the wellbeing and development of SEND learners. The iOi Imagination Box brings our engaging, award-winning programmes into the home of SEND families across London. With multi-sensory activities, specialist materials and illustrated “recipe” cards, families will learn through play together, supporting their child’s development and wellbeing from home in a playful and meaningful way.