Prancing pack horses, mooing cows and even shovel-digging navvies play a starring role in a new digital interactive game, ‘Build a Canal’, launched by the Canal & River Trust on its Explorers education website. Sponsored by international total facilities management provider OCS, whose Fountains business provides environmental and vegetation management services for the Trust, the game invites children to get their virtual hands dirty and play at being a canal engineer.
Designed for children aged 7 -11, the animated storyline is packed full of interesting historical facts and figures, as well as colourful moving graphics featuring animals, people, boats and buildings. The game comes with comprehensive teacher notes suggesting ways the activity could be used for history, geography, music, English and maths lessons.
Canal & River Trust education manager Annette Simpson explained: “The brilliant Build a Canal game is part of the Trust’s wider education programme to encourage children to engage with their local waterways.”