Young children will soon be able to take part in an immersive storytelling journey through a Cornish park coming this month.
An all-new National Literacy Trust and Early Years Alliance storytelling journey will launch at Tehidy Country Park in July.
The story trail, part of the Department of Education funded Hungry Little Minds campaign, officially opens the week starting Monday, July 5 at Tehidy Country Park in Camborne.
All families, nurseries, preschools and childminders in Cornwall are invited throughout the month to take children aged 2 to 5 on the magical trail.
The trail will lead families around the park as they follow the adventures of Uncle Josh, Mia, Kai and their dog Scruffy, the main characters in Cornwall’s Tehidy Country Park bespoke story about the area written by l children’s author Rebecca Lewis-Oakes and illustrated by Aaron Cushley.
This all-new immersive experience will promote children’s language and literacy development as they complete their booklets while following the story around the park.
All families and all early childhood backgrounds can pick up the free bespoke booklets to begin their journey at the Tehidy Country Park CafÃ© at the trailhead.
In accordance with Covid-19 government guidelines, we are asking all families to pre-book their story route slot through the Early Years Alliance South West Facebook page.
After the launch week, the Story Trail booklets will be available for everyone to pick up at the cafe. Cornwall families with children ages 2-5 are encouraged to pick up a booklet, enjoy the Stories Trail, and help develop children’s literacy and learning skills along the way!
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The Cornwall launch is one of 12 history trails being launched across the country as part of the Hungry Little Minds Campaign, funded by the Department of Education and delivered by the National Literacy Trust.
The campaign offers families of children under five many simple and fun activities to easily integrate into their daily routines 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: âI am absolutely delighted to be working with the National Literacy Trust and local partners in Cornwall on this project.
âIt was a pleasure to discover so many beautiful parks across the country and see them through the exuberant imaginations of preschoolers.
âI hope this Hungry Little Minds History Trail encourages families to explore and enjoy Tehidy Country 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 path!” ”
Juliette Moran, Early Years Alliance South West and South East Business Director, said: âCornwall has so many beautiful trails it was so difficult to pick just one place to define the trails of history.
âIt has been a privilege for my colleague Emma to walk the trail of history and provide the author and artist with vivid images and images to reinvent in history.
“I just wish my kids were still young enough to dive into it!” ”
For more details on the Story Trail campaign, visit the National Literacy Trust or for more information on the launch of Story Trails, visit: www.facebook.com/EYAlliancesouthwest