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Search for Snowdogs – have fun while you learn

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Artist Natalie Guy created Disco Dog, the mirrored sculpture in Duke Street.

Artist Natalie Guy created Disco Dog, the mirrored sculpture in Duke Street.

Spotting Snowdogs is a new sport in Brighton and Hove.

It’s like Pokemon Go in real life with something to touch and enjoy, writes Sarah Booker Lewis.

For children of all ages it is a wonderful learning experience with added excitement when you come across a giant colourful dog in an unexpected place.

When they grow up, they may well remember a time in their childhood when the city seemed filled with brightly-coloured puppies.

What can our children learn?

Babies love the colour and texture of the 40 individual designs.

Talk to them about the different shapes the patterns form.

Let them feel the flocked and fluffy dogs or see their reflection in the shiny mirrored ones.

Toddlers can name the shapes and colours. Follow the lines the patterns make on some of our visiting canines.

How many can they count?

Forty-five is such a huge number for little people, but it’s worth a try. There are also 20 puppies.

Preschoolers can take it a step further.

Exploring the trail is a great way to learn about the world around them and how we find our way.

Arttist Ruth Cooper created Snowbrador. He's touchy feely on Medina Terrace. Image by  Simon Carey and licensed by Creative Commons Licence

Artist Ruth Cooper created Snowbrador. He’s touchy feely on Medina Terrace.
Image by Simon Carey and licensed by Creative Commons

The Snowdogs By The Sea website lists all the dogs and their locations.

Read about each one on the website and plan a walking route to find them.

We can reinforce colour, shape, pattern and develop counting with older children.

Now they can see how we find our way and plan a route on a map.

Think about directions, left and right, north and south.

Then, once you’ve arrived, if you have a smart phone with the trail app, you can scan the dog and collect it.

If you’re too far away the artwork won’t register. So no cheating.

We all need more exercise and children need to burn off energy, so taking groups of Snowdogs into a walking route.

When you come back home, draw some pictures of your adventure.

Snowdogs By The Sea is in Brighton and Hove until November 27.

See yourself in a new shape with Gizmo on The Level.  Arttist Ruth Cooper created Snowbrador. He's touchy feely on Medina Terrace. Image by  Simon Carey and licensed by Creative Commons

See yourself in a new shape with Gizmo on The Level.
Arttist Ruth Cooper created Snowbrador. He’s touchy feely on Medina Terrace.
Image by Simon Carey and licensed by Creative Commons

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