Children from Swindon, taking part in this year’s national Summer Reading Challenge, will be enchanted when they discover they can read their books inside a creepy haunted house.
The large cardboard playhouse has been designed by packaging design expert Steve Mann of GWP Packaging in Wiltshire, and has been decorated by pupils at a local primary School.
Steve’s wife Sarah Mann is Artist in Residence at Lainesmead Primary School so when he heard about how the school wanted to create a haunted house to bring this year’s reading challenge, Creepy House, to life he jumped at the chance of helping the school. Steve said, “I really enjoy being creative and working on projects that are a bit out of the ordinary so this was a fun challenge. At GWP we design packaging and point of sale units for retail environments and this project was very similar to that. Creating such an angular structure and joining the two halves was an enjoyable challenge. The completed house looks great the children have done a superb job in decorating it”.
The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual challenge, now in its 15th year, which prompts children aged four to 11 to read six or more books over the summer to win prizes.
Pupils from years five and six have worked hard decorating the house over the last few weeks. Sarah Mann said, “the children love art and this was a great way to encourage them to focus on a project. They were really amazed when they saw the cardboard house, GWP have done a great job, the children were overwhelmed when they realised they could go inside it too!”
The finished play house will be in use at Swindon Central throughout the school holidays.