Spending time outside is important, so we added a colourful and fun play park to encourage outdoor activity and playing for little visitors to Fort Kinnaird. Munchy the Caterpillar has also recently set up residence at the play park –a great place to spend sunny days.
Furthermore, in May of this year, more than 200 schoolchildren of varying ages visited the site as part of the Young Readers Programme. Starting with a tour of the journey from lorry to shelf at WHSmith, and then to Waterstones to hear a story reading. In addition to this, the children had a chance to get creative with Hobbycraft’s arts and crafts corner – they made their own bookmarks to use when reading their new books, free of charge. A drink and a snack was then given to each student as a reward for all their hard work and excellent behaviour.
Organised as part of the Young Readers Programme, the event evolved from the relationship between Fort Kinnaird and the National Literacy Trust, and designed to inspire children under the age of 11 to read in their spare time, and to see reading as a fun and creative activity. This program stems from a study that showed that reading outside of the classroom instigates higher reading levels within the classroom.
We hope to host more events for Fort Kinnaird’s smallest visitors in the coming months.