A brand new story trail for kids will officially open tomorrow at Birkenhead Park.
Created by the National Literacy Trust, the Foundation Years Trust in partnership with the Wirral Council, Koala North West and local libraries, it is part of the Hungry Little Minds campaign and is aimed at families with children aged 2 to 5 .
A launch event will take place in the park tomorrow at 10 a.m., where families can pick up a storybook and begin their adventure by finding the Foundations Years Trust team at the main entrance to the park.
This immersive experience aims to help toddlers develop their language and literacy while following the history of the park.
The course is based on a bespoke troll story written by children’s author Rebecca Lewis-Oakes and illustrated by Aaron Cushley.
He will lead families around Birkenhead Park as they follow the adventures of Uncle Josh, Mia, Kai and their dog Scruffy.
Along the way, toddlers will find fairies and elves to guide their way – with invited toddlers keeping their eyes peeled for the baby troll!
Once the trail is complete, families will find additional activities, story time sessions, and also receive a free activity pack outside of the park’s visitor center. There will also be a special picnic area for families who want to pack lunch and make it a day.
For families who cannot make it to the launch, booklets will be available at Birkenhead Central Library, Wirral Children’s Centers and the Koala North West Hub. All parents and guardians of toddlers ages 2-5 are encouraged to pick up a booklet, enjoy the magical story journey, and develop their child’s love for reading stories along the way.
The Wirral launch is one of 12 story trails launched across the country as part of the Hungry Little Minds Campaign, funded by the Department of Education and supported by the National Literacy Trust.
This campaign offers families of children under five many simple and fun activities to easily integrate into their daily routine while developing their child’s speech and language skills at home.
Rebecca Lewis-Oakes, children’s author and writer of the Hungry Little Minds Story Trails, said: “It was a pleasure to discover so many beautiful parks across the country and to see them through the exuberant imaginations of children of age. preschool.
“I hope the Hungry Little Minds History Trail encourages families to explore and enjoy Birkenhead Park, with a gentle underlying prompt towards these key concepts of early childhood learning.
“I can’t wait to see the little one’s reactions as he makes his way down the magical trail!” ”
Anna-Louise Van Der Merwe, Director of the Foundation Years Trust, said: “We are very happy to be able to launch our history trail at Birkenhead Park this summer and invite families to play.
“Birkenhead Park is the perfect setting for our troll story – it will light up children’s imaginations and encourage children to practice new words, and there are plenty of opportunities for running and jumping!”
Councilor Wendy Clements, Chair of the Wirral Children, Youth and Education Committee, said: “It is fantastic to see our borough represented on this brilliant project and I hope to see many families benefit. of the trail this summer. ”
For more details on the launch of Story Trails, visit the Foundation Years Trust Facebook page.
For tips and simpler activities parents can do to support their children’s literacy at home, visit the Hungry Little Minds website or the National Literacy Trust’s Words for Life website.