BUILD­ING SKILLS PUT TO THE TEST

KIDS GET BUSY BUILD­ING WITH PLANKS

Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Laura Briggs

Cre­ativ­ity was flow­ing through Shep­par­ton’s Maude St Mall on Thurs­day.

Young and old gath­ered in the cen­tre of the mall where they were en­cour­aged to put their build­ing skills to the test at the Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil ac­tiv­ity Planks.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in the Park as­sis­tant Kim Mansell said the unique ac­tiv­ity had a great turn out and strong in­ter­est shown.

‘‘The planks are small pieces of tim­ber — 10 cm by about 2 cm — there’s thou­sands of them and they al­low kids to de­sign and cre­ate all sorts of things,’’ Ms Mansell said. ‘‘The way the kids are de­sign­ing their own things are in­cred­i­ble.

‘‘It’s blown me away what they’ve ac­tu­ally come up with.’’

Ms Mansell said the ac­tiv­ity had proven pop­u­lar with chil­dren and adults.

‘‘And we’ve had some adults ac­tu­ally play­ing more than the chil­dren — they’ve been lov­ing get­ting in­volved,’’ she said. ● The Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil’s Ac­tiv­i­ties in the Park ini­tia­tive runs from Septem­ber to April. For more in­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, down­load the Get Moov­ing Greater Shep­par­ton app.

Pic­tures: Me­gan Fisher

Above and below: Shep­par­ton’s Mitchel Blight, 8, and Ver­ity Joy-Wat­son, 4.

Left: Emma McNa­mara age 7 from Moama.

Right: Joshua McNa­mara, 10, stopped off in the Maude St Mall with his fam­ily on a visit from Moama.

In­tri­cate: Shep­par­ton’s Char­lie War­ren, 12, care­fully places the planks on his grow­ing tower.

Big smile: Shep­par­ton’s Felix Steer, 5, ready to be cre­ative.

Hav­ing fun: Isaac Steer, 2, from Shep­par­ton.

Rar­ing to go: Lachie Steer, 7, from Shep­par­ton gets started on his con­struc­tion.

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