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The Gruffalo’s Child



The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo's child disobeys her father's warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist . . . does he?



The Gruffalo's Child


Activity #1: The big, bad mouse

Draw an illustration of what the big, bad mouse looks like based on the Gruffalo’s description.





Activity #2: Learning about shadows

Click on the image on the left to watch a quick video about how shadows are made.


Then try making some shadows using a torch or a lamp. You can make some shadow animals by copying the images below.


Activity #3: Whose footprints are these?

Using the following images, can your child guess who or what made the footprints?





#1 Watch The Gruffalo’s Child

Watch the animated film below which is based on the best-selling children's picture book by author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. 


One wild and windy night, the Gruffalo's child ignores her father's warnings and bravely tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse. She meets Snake, Owl and Fox, but there is no sign of the fabled Mouse. He doesn't really exist... or does he? 


Click on the image to watch the movie


#2 Bake a Gruffalo crumble

Cooking together is a fun indoor activity to do together, and kids will love helping to make this Gruffalo Crumble. 


#3 Learn and make your own cave paintings

Cave paintings are paintings on cave walls and ceilings. Usually these paintings were made in prehistoric times. Most cave paintings date from 10,000 to 20,000 years ago. The oldest are from about 32,000 years ago, but scientists still disagree if this dating is correct.



Sesame Street - Cave Paintings

The Gruffalo’s child has decorated the cave with her animal drawings. With only a few household items, you can create this whimsical caveman craft with your kids. Be sure to allow them the freedom to tell their own story on the “cave” walls, but as you create, note to them how different it is to draw on a flat paper surface than the crumply and rocky cave face.



You will need: paper bag (or A4 brown/white paper), chalk, paint (red, brown, black, yellow and white), paintbrush, paper plate (optional).


Watch the video below to find out how to make your own cave painting. (Note: Don’t copy the painting on the video, except for the handprint. Your child can paint anything they want. They can even paint the animals from The Gruffalo’s Child story.)

Cave Art

Still image for this video