YOUNGSTERS got up close and friendly with a selection of animals during a school holiday activity session.
The Summer Rhyme Challenge session, which was hosted by Rossmere Children’s Centre, in Rossmere Way, involved children and their parents interacting with animals
Story teller Martyn Pinto took his prized owl and blue-tongued lizard to meet the youngsters, who were all aged under five.
It was part of a series of activities being held this summer at Rossmere Children’s Centre, Rift House Children’s Centre, in Masefield Road, and at Kingsley Children’s Centre, in Taybrooke Avenue.
Gillian Slimmings, the council’s integration support manager, said: “We want the Summer Rhyme Challenge to be fun and involve parents in their child’s learning.
“The session used animals and insects to engage the children and their parents in new experiences.
“One child was surprised that owls stayed awake during the day and another was fascinated with the blue-tongued lizard. Using the animals we talked and imitated the sounds the animals make.
“Parents love to join in too. Before a child learns to read and write they learn to talk and listen.
“Using the animal sounds in a fun way helped them in that learning.
“There are lots of other fun sessions throughout the summer for families with children under five in all children’s centres.
“Please just come along.”
For more information about future events, call (01429) 283300 or (01429) 284610.