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Sandwell Valley Country Park story trail has now been digitised!

08 Feb 2022


The Hungry Little Minds team in the Black Country are delighted to have a digitised version of the Sandwell Valley Country Park story trail, allowing more families, carers and early years settings across Birmingham to access the trail.

The story trail is aimed at children aged two to five and is based on a bespoke story about a wicked queen and her mermaid, written by children’s author Rebecca Lewis-Oakes and illustrated by Aaron Cushley.

The trail leads families around the park as they follow the adventures of Uncle Josh, Mia, Kai and their dog Scruffy. The trail is interactive and immersive for the little ones, aiding their language and literacy development as they follow the story around the park.

We are thrilled to now have a digitised version of the trail, meaning that all families, carers and early years settings can download the trail to a digital device, and carry out the activity whenever works best.

Visit our Hungry Little Minds Black Country page to download and learn how to use the digitised story trail.


Learn more about Hungry Little Minds

The story trail in the Black Country is one of 12 story trails across the country as part of the Hungry Little Minds campaign, funded by the Department for Education and delivered by the National Literacy Trust. The campaign provides families of children under five with lots of simple and fun activities to easily slot into their daily routines whilst building their child’s speech and language skills at home.

Volunteer opportunities

If you would like to get involved in the Hungry Little Minds campaign in the Black Country, we would love you to volunteer your time with us!

We’d like to hear from you if you’re interested in:

  • The literacy and language development of children aged 0 to 5
  • Chat, play and read activities for children aged 0 to 5 and spreading campaign resources
  • Supporting Hungry Little Minds events

If you would like to get involved, please contact us:

Activities for children aged 0 to 5

Our Words for Life website is an excellent website filled free and fun activities for you to carry out with your little ones. Alternatively, you can sign up to our fortnightly newsletter where you will get chat, play and read activities straight to your inbox.

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