Sometimes things just seem to fall into place don’t they? Today H had a teacher training day and I hadn’t made any specific plans for us, so when I heard that today was the first day of the new Gruffalo’s Child trails run by the Forestry Commission, it seemed like it was meant to be. So off we went to our wood: the Wyre Forest to have a go at the trail.
H actually seems to prefer The Gruffalo’s Child book to The Gruffalo. I think for a long time he found one of the pictures in The Gruffalo a bit scary! Anyway that all seems forgotten and The Gruffalo was his chosen bedtime book last night.
We visited the Wyre Forest for the Gruffalo trail and whilst it was fun, it wasn’t quite as involving for older children particularly. H had got a lot out of doing The Stick Man trail for instance and the Gruffalo one was just a bit less informative and there were less activities involved as you went round. The Gruffalo’s Child is much more interactive. You are encouraged to make an animal footprint (or even a gruffalo one if you dare). There’s a chance to make the gruffalo’s tea too from natural materials.
The statue of the gruffalo that was created for the previous trail is still there and he’s still very popular with children visiting the forest. The one in the Wyre Forest is lying down, which means that children can use him as a sort of climbing frame. H decided to lie down with the gruffalo and pretend to be the gruffalo’s child.
If trail will be running into February 2015, so there’s plenty of time left to have a go yourselves. You can find a trail near you on the map on the Forestry Commission’s website.