Imagination has created child's play

Charles Margerison's "Imagineland" program trialled with children

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IMAGINE THAT: Charles Margerison launches his new program for preschoolers.

IMAGINE THAT: Charles Margerison launches his new program for preschoolers.

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A Gold Coast grandfather has created an online educational program aimed at preschoolers.

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A Gold Coast grandfather has created an online educational program aimed at preschoolers, which is currently being trialled in centres across the region.

Children from Little Scholars visited Odyssey Lifestyle Care Communities to enjoy Imagineland, an interactive web-based program designed to inspire creativity, foster an active imagination and develop an appreciation for music.

Resident and program creator Charles Margerison said he decided to give life to the series of fun and educational stories he had initially written for his grandchildren.

"Imagineland ignites curiosity in little learners and their families, and the songs, games and characters provide a fun experience while learning about key concepts," Dr Margerison said.

"The program has helped children and their families understand the importance of kindness, friendship, keeping healthy, respecting the environment and respecting each other."

The colourful and engaging program has been vetted by educators, ensuring key learning areas for children aged three to five years old have been met and the outcomes have been identified to support learning centres.

Odyssey Founder and CEO Phil Usher said the community always looked forward to welcoming back Little Scholars and seeing them get a kick out of the new educational program.

"It's always a good day when the Little Scholars visit, our residents get so excited, which makes it all the more wonderful that we can help launch a creative and unique program like Imagineland," Mr Usher said.

"What Dr Margerison has created is incredible, and we're excited to be able to offer our support in any way that we can."

Founder and managing director of Little Scholars Jae Fraser said initiatives such as this provided a positive experience for all ages.

"Children having interactions with people who are one or even two generations older than themselves can be extremely meaningful and provide a deeper understanding of the world around them," Mr Fraser said. "Not to mention seeing how impactful these interactions are on the older generation."

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