Children take to great outdoors with Lancashire Wildlife Trust
6:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
Buy this photo » Annabelle Wood, aged 20 months, in the willow arch. Pictures by RICHARD HOLTON
GREEN-FINGERED children have been learning about the great outdoors at the Lancashire Wildlife Trust in Bolton.
‘Nature Tots’ is an activity group for children and parents held every Friday at The Hive in Moss Bank Park and every Wednesday at the Wildlife Trust in Bury Road, Breightmet.
The aim is to encourage children to love the outdoors through interactive and nature themed activities for children aged 15 months to five years.
Activities include storytelling, environmental art, mini bug hunts, food tasting and outdoor games which are linked to the early years curriculum and the seven stages of child development.
The Bury Road Nature Tots group has been running for a year and as it has proved so successful that the wildlife trust decided to hold an extra group at the The Hive in Moss Bank Park.
Senior project officer at The Hive, Charlie Barlow, aged 39, feels passionately about the project.
She said: “Children are natural investigators and if you can enhance that and put the effort in at a young age children and parents will reap the benefits.
“Children will never be bored if you can capture their imaginations and engage them with nature.
“They also learn how to manage risk, something which they do not get if they are indoors all of the time.”
She added: “It’s very important for future generations and for the environment.”
The sessions cost £4 per child and run from 10am on Fridays at The Hive and from 9.30am on Wednesdays at the Bury Road venue.
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