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Nov 30, 2009

Colour Me Wild

Colour-Me-Wild from Curraghs Wildlife Park  
Colour-Me-Wild: a day of fun and learning for reception classes 

This event was devised to encourage schools to visit the Curraghs Wildlife Park during the months of October and November – a time when, in the past, bookings had been very thin on the ground because of the weather. I decided to target Reception classes because the “Rainforest Magic” Activity Day (aimed at all primary age groups) held earlier in the year had attracted a disproportionate number from this age group, so the demand was there.

The activities are therefore specifically aimed at this age group, covering a wide area of the Foundation Year Curriculum. This makes it easier for teachers to obtain funding for their trip. The day takes place largely inside, so teachers can book with confidence, knowing that they won’t have to spend the day getting cold and wet. The theme is COLOUR AND CAMOUFLAGE. Children are made aware of the wide range of colour and pattern in the animal kingdom and are introduced to the concept of camouflage for survival.

Colour-Me-Wild is tightly structured, with children participating in ten activities throughout the day. The emphasis is on excitement and fun – the idea is that children will learn lots but won’t realise they’re learning. Usually this is their first school trip, so it is important to ensure that each child has a fantastic day.

Since its introduction in 2004, Colour-Me-Wild has regularly attracted over 20 school bookings, with over 500 children and helpers, in October and November. 

Developed by:  Curraghs Wildlife Park  

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