Canal game engages children with waterways

Date Posted: 17/12/2014

A new interactive game from the Canal River Trust aims to encourage teachers and pupils to go on a field trip to a local waterway.

Prancing pack horses, mooing cows and even shovel-digging navvies play a starring role in a new digital interactive game, ‘Build a Canal’.

Launched by the Canal & River Trust on its Explorers education website, the game invites children to get their virtual hands dirty and play at being a canal engineer.

Designed for Key Stage 2 children, the animated storyline is packed full of interesting historical facts and figures, as well as colourful moving graphics featuring animals, people, boats and buildings.

Canal & River Trust education manager Annette Simpson explained: “The game is part of the Trust’s wider education programme to encourage children to engage with their local waterways.

“To help school and youth groups get the most from a field trip to their local canal or river, we can sometimes even offer a free visit from a Trust education coordinator or volunteer to help guide the visit.”

To play the free game go to and follow the link from the home page.

For free downloadable resources for teachers or to book a school visit, go to

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