Pensthorpe nature reserve creates two summer nature trails in collaboration with Orchard Toys
Two Norfolk businesses, Pensthorpe and Orchard Toys, have joined forces to improve children’s nature knowledge through exploration and play.
The international toy manufacturer has created two trails, the Mammoth Maths Hunt and Creature Hunt, for the nature reserve’s summer event, Beasts and Beaks.
The trails encourage children to decode mystery words and discover facts about wildlife, with the organisations keen to extend the partnership in future.
Orchard Toys are a Wymondham-based international toy manufacturer and
through bespoke activity booklets, the Mammoth Maths Hunt and Creature Hunt encourages children to put their detective hats on to decode some mystery words and discover facts about wildlife, all whilst playing in WildRootz, the eco award-winning play area.
Natalie Douglas, head of marketing at Pensthorpe said: "At Pensthorpe, we love to encourage children’s natural sense of exploration and educate them about wildlife in a fun, gentle and informative way.
"Working with internationally recognised Orchard Toys and creating a unique partnership between two like-minded businesses who prioritise children’s learning, has been a fantastic milestone in our year so far."
As part of the collaboration, Orchard Toys is donating dozens of Woodland Bingo prizes, one for every day of the summer holidays, which visitors can win via the competition boxes upon completion of the trail, with the wildlife reserve’s shop stocking a wide range of products.
With more family-friendly events scheduled for the rest of the year including Halloween and Christmas, Pensthorpe and Orchard Toys hope to extend the partnership in future, bringing more opportunities to explorers and budding nature enthusiasts.
Natalie said: "One of the great things about working with Orchard Toys is the creativity of its team.
"We've thoroughly enjoyed the development process for the Mammoth Maths Hunt and Creature Hunt that helps instil nature and conservation knowledge in the younger generations through puzzles, literacy and numeracy."
Ali Brown, marketing manager at Orchard Toys said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Pensthorpe.
"It has an exciting activities programme for the summer, with so much on offer for families and young children.
"It’s great to be able to enhance that experience with our collaboration through the delivery of an Orchard Toys trail throughout the WildRootz area."