Opportunity for Conwy kids to pick up their tools and join Big Build event

Reporter:

James Wilde

Children will get the chance to use tools of the trade and build their own life-size buildings.

The Big Build at RSPB Conwy gives children aged 8-12 the use of hammers, screwdrivers, pallets and wood to create their own structure.

The event is organised by Community and Voluntary Support Conwy in partnership with RSPB.

Millie Boswell, principal play officer for CVSC said: “This is a first for Conwy. We got the idea from Scandinavia. There’s a movement towards allowing children to take more risks in play. Children in primary schools go to forest schools where they engage with nature and use tools, identifyi trees, light fires and build dens.

“Studies show play is vital to children developing. We live in a risk adverse culture, but there is evidence to show children can learn from managed risks.”

A briefing will be given before any tools are used explaining the safety precautions and demonstrating safe ways of using the equipment.

Five play workers experienced with running playschemes, will be present and supervise throughout the day and offer help, demonstration and support.

“The focus is on dens animals build and then looking at buildings adults make to watch animals.

“Once we give our instructions we will stand back, getting involved if the children ask, look like they are struggling or there is a risk to safety.”

The free event runs for four days from April 8 to 11 and no prior use of tools is necessary.

Fifty children a day can be accommodated. For tickets contact Playdevelopment@cvsc.org.uk or call 01492 523857.

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