Gruffalo Hunt

Gruffalo huntWe love getting out and about in the great outdoors, so on holiday, we love nothing more than to go on a forest walk. I like to give the children something to focus on, so this time I decided we should do a Gruffalo hunt.

We were to look for all the creatures featured in the Gruffalo story, the owl, the mouse, the snake, the fox and of course, the Gruffalo.

The first thing we came across were several ‘dens’ that had previously been made by other kids (or could have been made by adults, as they were rather good). They were made out of sticks and foliage against a tree. We suggested to the children that these could be the Gruffalo’s den. Then we found ‘scratch’ marks on the trees (actually, just sprayed, marked trees, presumably marked by the forestry commission, as trees to be cut down). These, we thought were the Gruffalo’s scratch marks to tell everyone to ‘keep out!’

grufalo hunt gruffalos den

Next we found a feather on the floor, which could have been from the owl.

gruffalo hunt owl feather

We also found a hole burrowed into the ground which we thought could be the Fox’s den.

gruffalo hunt fox den

We found a pile of logs, for the snakes log pile house.

gruffalo hunt log pile house

And lastly, we found a small opening at the bottom of a tree for the mouse to live.

gruffalo hunt mouse house

This was one of the best walks we have done, the children enjoyed it so much. It brought the Gruffalo story to life, increased their imagination and allowed them to use their memory skills to recall the story. All at the same time as getting out and about as a family in the fresh air with nature. You really can’t beat that!

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42 Responses to Gruffalo Hunt

  1. Kim Carberry says:

    Looks like great fun!! x

  2. Great idea! We are always on a bear hunt! One day you just may find the gruffalo!

  3. This looks so wonderful, and so simple! We must do this – thank you :-)

  4. Jaime Oliver says:

    this looks like lots of fun :-) xx

  5. What a great idea, as you say it was a perfect way to re-tell the story in a creative and imaginative setting. Thanks for sharing your outdoor fun with Country Kids.

  6. jenny paulin says:

    we have done our own gruffallo hunt before it is such fun and infact whenever we visit any woods the boys always say they are the deep dsrk Gruffalo woods! love thier imaginations.
    wonderful post and photos – and it looks so much fun! x

    • karen bell says:

      Thank you. Kids love using their imaginations, so I like to utilise this when we go out for walks x

      • pinkoddy says:

        This is a great Gruffalo hunt and I love all the dens that had been built, but the first time I ever heard of it was Jenny’s post – you really should go check it out – they found the Gruffalo too!

  7. Mama Owl says:

    What a lovely day you had, great photos

  8. Mummy Morkus says:

    What a brilliant way to bring the story to life! I would love to do this with L when she gets bigger or my Reception class when I am back at work. Also what a great way to make a walk more interesting, getting short legs to go far can be hard work I imagine.

  9. Jaime Oliver says:

    love this post, thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

  10. Gosh now this is a wonderful idea, thank you, I think I will try this with my children x

  11. hee! hee! We have a Gruffalo wood near us. It’s such a fun story to bring to life in a woods. My older children don’t play along so much now, but youngest still humours me!

  12. How lovely! Our children adore the story of the Gruffalo too. I might have to take them searching when they are a little bit older.
    #magicmoments

  13. lauracymft says:

    Looks like a lot of fun!

  14. AtoZ Mummy says:

    That looks like fantastic fun and what a great idea!

  15. redrosemummy says:

    Ah, how much fun? It’s great to bring stories to life in this way,isn’t it?

  16. Mummy Tries says:

    I’ve heard only good things about these Gruffalo hunts, must check it out! Looks like you all had a great day xx

  17. Looks like so much fun! We actually have a Gruffalo Wood near us that has Gruffalo sculptures hidden all around it and the kids love it (Thorndon Country Park) but we’ve never had a hunt thinking about where all the characters might actually hide and imagining it all… might have to give that a try too :)

  18. We love The Gruffalo, what a great idea for a forest walk! #PlugYourPost x

  19. Debra says:

    Looks like you guys had fun. I always think there’s something really magical about a woodland environment. How exciting to think the Gruffalo might be there :)

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