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Stick Man stepping into activity trail
ANOTHER hugely popular character will be stepping out of the pages of a book and into the woods this half-term.
Following the overwhelming success of the Gruffalo trail Moors Valley Country Park is opening a new activity trail this half term, featuring another of Julia Donaldson’s popular children’s characters, Stick Man.
The new activity trail will run until January next year.
Families can have fun and learn about Stick Man’s forest home by following the special trail, with activities for children of all ages.
The trail winds through the park and into the forest with 10 activity boards to help children and adults make their own Stick Man to take home, identify tree patterns and shapes, build a twig tower and explore the sights and sounds around them.
Emma Reeks, education ranger at Moors Valley, said: “Stick Man is a delightful character and has a huge national following built around Julia Donaldson’s engaging story and the charming illustrations of Axel Scheffler.
“In the story, Stick Man goes for a jog only to find that the world is an eventful place for a stick.
“Along the way he encounters a dog that wants to play with him, a swan that makes him part of her nest and a boy that uses him as a snowman’s arm.
“We estimate that about 5,000 children followed Moors Valley’s Gruffalo Trail during the year it was open.
“I’m sure Stick Man will be just as popular and will inspire children to use the forest as their playground and create their own stories, while learning vital skills to help in their development.”
The Stick Man trail is open now and trail cards cost £2 each.
Free Stick Man activity sheets can be downloaded from the Forestry Commission website at www.forestry.gov.uk/stickman.
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