We 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!’
Next we found a feather on the floor, which could have been from the owl.
We also found a hole burrowed into the ground which we thought could be the Fox’s den.
We found a pile of logs, for the snakes log pile house.
And lastly, we found a small opening at the bottom of a tree for the mouse to live.
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!