We thoroughly enjoyed doing the Stick Man trail last year, run by the Forestry Commission, so when I spotted that there’s currently a Gruffalo Trail on, I knew it was an adventure for us. As I imagine most household’s with preschoolers are, we are big Julia Donaldson fans here, and The Gruffalo is a book we probably know off by heart now. So it was with excitement that we embarked on our journey, kids armed with their magnifying glasses for the hunt!
So snake found, we knew there was only one more character to look for, so we headed onwards, ready and eager to spy the Gruffalo!
Boo admired him…
And Little Man? Well, you may just see him there, trying to climb his prickly back instead of standing next to him for a photo!
We had lots of fun with this. The children loved running from marker to marker and completing the various tasks, such as tip-toeing like the mouse, or stomping like the Gruffalo. We explored the forest and it was fun trying to find each of the characters. The kids love being outside, roaming and exploring anything at all, but it was great to have this extra element to our outing and I loved seeing their excitement each time they found an animal.
Have you been on the trail? Ours was at Birches Valley, Cannock Chase, but there are plenty about!