Host an Easter egg hunt

Easter egg huntEaster egg hunts are a springtime staple and are often the most fondly-remembered of all holiday activities. The thrill and excitement of getting out to find hidden-away chocolate eggs is only matched by the joy of getting to eat them afterwards.

Whilst today’s more modern world might mean that old-fashioned pursuits such as these are not so commonplace any more, this hasn’t quite extended to the humble Easter egg hunt. In fact, modern tech could well play a positive role in the activity – thereby giving it a whole new dimension that may otherwise have simply not been possible. Read More


Why the Duke of Edinburgh Award is more important than ever

The Duke of Edinburgh award is a long-established scheme to help build outdoors skills (and those running the award also qualify for a group discount on maps) and Helen Cross from Blacks fills us in on how they get involved.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) has long been a favourite with teenagers and young adults, aged 14 to 24, to increase confidence, develop outdoors skills and give them an edge in the race for university places. And today, the award is proving to be more important than ever.

Image courtesy of Blacks

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Ordnance Survey features on CBBC’s Blue Peter

A camera crew together with well-known TV presenter Helen Skelton recently visited Ordnance Survey to film a piece about the importance of maps for Blue Peter.

The team spent two days filming various areas which included the Flying Unit at East Midlands Airport, our Remote Sensing and Cartography departments, and a ground survey. Everything will be pieced together by Blue Peter to tell the story of how we capture the geographic information through to how it gets onto the map.

Helen Skelton filming for a Blue Peter piece on the importance of maps

Matthew Carlisle, from Remote Sensing at Ordnance Survey, said: “Having been brought up watching Blue Peter I was really happy to take part in the filming. It’s a well-respected TV programme, and it’s great that we got the opportunity to promote our work to a younger audience and show that there’s more to us than paper maps.

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Summer holiday activities for kids

With the summer holidays in full flow (and with apologies to the Scots who will be starting to think about going back to school soon) here are a few map related ideas for things to do with your kids to keep them entertained during the schools summer holidays.

As you would imagine, we would always recommend having a look at a map of your local area (or where you are on holiday) to work out what is around you and to identify outdoor spaces and attractions that you can explore.

However, for the more creative among you I would suggest:

Create your own ‘what I did in the school holidays’ map

Take a large sheet of paper and draw a picture of your home (or starting point). Get the kids to draw the route to other places that you go – their friend’s houses, school, swimming pool etc. Then take some photos of all the points of interest and attach them to the map. Then you can come up with your own symbols and draw them too. You could include leaflets of places you’ve been, ticket stubs and other information you might pick up along the way (and this also solves the problem of ‘show and tell’ when they get back to school).

Or on a similar theme….

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