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A Stroll Through the Deep Dark Wood

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.
A fox saw the mouse, and the mouse looked good.

“Where are you going to, little brown mouse?
Come and have lunch in my underground house.”

“It’s terribly kind of you, Fox, but no –
I’m going to have lunch with a gruffalo.”

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Last week we went for a walk in the local woods with our Home Education Group.  It gave us the perfect opportunity to test out the Gruffalo’s Bug Catching Net, Woodland Magnifier and Woodland Creature Cabin which were among the many wonderful prizes we won at the Welly Walk.

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We set off for our stroll into the wood, not so deep and dark on a perfect Autumnal day, cold but bright and sunny.

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We searched under logs for bugs who might like to live in our creature cabin for a little while.

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Tiddler tried to catch flies with the net, while the big boys did a bit of weight-lifting.

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Tiddler also examined lots of things with the magnifier, and loved wearing it round his neck.

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I enjoyed the peace and quiet and the beauty of the woods while the children were busy playing and exploring with their friends.

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We saw a log pile house and wondered if there was a snake living there.  The children played in a fantastic den, and found some more residents for their creature cabin, while I collected sweet chestnuts.

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All the children had a good time, but I think the most joyful moment was when Tiddler discovered the perfect muddy puddle for jumping in.

I’m joining in with Country Kids again, and I’m doing my best to do so every week.  As Autumn turns to Winter, and the cold weather settles in, I need the motivation to get outdoors with the children so I will be reading the other posts for ideas.  Country Kids never fails to inspire me!

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Gruffalo Story Sack

We have made story sacks before, but not for a long time and I’ve been meaning to do some more, so I was really pleased when I found this excellent resource pack while browsing on twinkl.  We love the Gruffalo, and have read it hundreds of times over the years.  It has stood the test of time, as it still appeals to all the children now, so I knew it would be a good one to get them all involved in.  Since Monkey has decided that Friday should be book day, we have set aside time on the last couple of Friday afternoons to make and play with our Gruffalo story sack.

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One day I might get round to making a beautiful drawstring bag for our story sack, but for now we are using a pillowcase!  I do, however, have a nice little bag for some of the smaller pieces – I can’t claim the credit as it was made by a friend and given to us years ago when Owl was very small.

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In our story sack, we have two copies of The Gruffalo, a board book and a much-loved, dog-eared paperback.  We also have a copy of The Gruffalo’s Child.  I have added some non-fiction books about owls and mice.  I thought we had one about snakes but I can’t find it, so maybe I was too ruthless in my clear-out in the summer holidays – on the other hand, it might turn up.  We have a lot of books in this house which is wonderful, but it can make it hard to find the one you want sometimes!

We also have some conkers in the picture, which is a bit random but they were on the table at the time and we thought they were quite appropriate for a woodland story and fun to play with.  We might keep a few in our story sack, and maybe add some acorns and nuts.

We have cut out and laminated the word mat and describing words, story scenes and characters, and also the animal masks, though we haven’t added elastic yet.  Owl made and laminated the names of the characters, and gave them to Rabbit and Monkey to match with the animals.

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Owl and Monkey played with the story scenes, and Monkey made a tree to add to one of them.  It’s a really lovely way of retelling and talking about the story, and I need to do it with Tiddler as well when he is in the mood, as he loves telling stories!

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The big three children then drew pictures and labelled them using the word mat.  This was obviously easy for the boys, but Rabbit really made use of it, working out how to write “owl ice-cream” and “mouse on bread” without any help, so it was perfect for her.

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We had also printed out the colouring pages, and the big three did one each.  Tiddler coloured in two (the mouse and the snake) and I was really pleased with his concentration and effort – he took it very seriously, especially the mouse’s tail for some reason!

We have really enjoyed making our story sack, and it has sparked off lots of creative ideas so I’m sure we’ll be adding to it.  Monkey made a brilliant model of a tree which somehow didn’t make it to the photos, so we might continue that and make some 3D story scenes.  It has also reminded Monkey that he really really wants a Gruffalo cuddly toy for Christmas.  He’s asked for one several times before, and now that we have made our story sack I think we might be getting one!

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