Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Hunting Gruffalo

Whilst we were on holiday, we did our very best to hunt for Gruffalo. With the sky darkening at 4:30ish, we had plenty of night-time walks around the forest reciting the Donaldson classic and spotting for clues and hunting down the homes of the animals.

There was also lots and lots of snow, so we figured that it was quite possible that we may bump into the Gruffalo's child on our walk-abouts. It was all very much an adventure - truly exciting. I don't think any of us quite realised how familiar we were with the words of the book and searching for our own clues was far more fun than looking at pictures from a book.
Our first clue was the rocks. Obviously we were waiting to meet the Gruffalo and eat roasted fox, but sadly he didn't appear. Nor did the fox. We assumed he had run away to his underground house, so off we went to hunt down his home...


"Where are you meeting him?"
"Here by these rocks and his favourite food is roasted fox!"
So off we toddled, further and further into the deep, dark woods. We found a house, an underground house. We waited and shouted for fox, but no fox came. 
"Roasted Fox! I'm off!" Fox said.
"Goodbye, little mouse," and away he sped.
Still no Gruffalo, where could he be?! So Kidder and Daddy and Mummy thought really, really hard. Maybe, just maybe, the Gruffalo had gone to see Owl. Or maybe Owl would have some clues for us? So off we went, deeper and deeper into the deep, dark wood...

An owl saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.
"Where are you going to, little brown mouse?
Come and have tea in my treetop house."
"...I'm going to have tea with a Gruffalo.
I'm meeting him here by this stream and his favourite food is Owl Ice-Cream"
Owl flew away quicker than we could say twit-twoo. He was gone. So we had to keep plodding into the deep dark wood. But then we met snake, "Come for a feast in my logpile house..."
"That's terribly kind of you, Snake, but no -
I'm having a feast with a Gruffalo."

"Where are you meeting him?"
Here by this lake, and his favourite food is scrambled snake!"

We spent a long, long time hunting Gruffalo, but we didn't quite catch him. We'll definitely be going back to the deep dark woods next year to see if we can find him or maybe even his child. Have you seen him recently? Or do you prefer the more traditional, 'Bear Hunt'. I think I might try that one in the woods at home.

What kind of free fun do you like to have with the family, over winter?
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