THE CREATORS of the film Flushed Away have teamed up with the ICE to release a board game this week that encourages engineering skills in five to seven-year-olds.
Disney's Flushed Away is an animated movie starring the voices of Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet as two mice navigating London's sewer network as they attempt to escape the evil Toad (Ian McKellen).
The board game, launched by ICE and animators DreamWorks and Aardman - the makers of Wallace and Grommit - aims to develop players' numeracy and problem-solving skills as they help the film's characters Roddy and Rita move around the board.
The ICE president Quentin Leiper said: 'It's great to see a link between the Flushed Away game and the importance of civil engineering. To get youngsters thinking about problem solving at an early age is a good way of creating tomorrow's engineers.' The game has been developed as a resource for the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum. It will be distributed free of charge to 10,000 UK primary school teachers, thanks to it being half funded by the ICE and half by the Department for Education and Skills.
ICE education and careers senior executive Andrew Davidson worked with educational charity Guy Fox to develop the game. 'This game encourages skills associated with maths, design and technology and geography, ' said Davidson.
'As well as the problemsolving skills that go with moving round the board past obstacles, the design and technology aspect sees children having to cut out and put together their dice and counters before they get started.' Over 2,000 schools have already signed up to receive the Flushed Away Educational Resource, which can be ordered by primary school teachers by visiting www. ice. org. uk/ flushed_away.