Friday, March 14, 2014

Learning with The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo is a firm family favourite in our house, as I'm sure it is in many, probably yours right? We are always trying out different things to keep the kids interested and excited about learning, although I must say they love to learn so it's not been a problem yet - still, no harm in jazzing things up a bit eh? ;)

Last week I found some fab Gruffalo printable resources on and we had plenty to get us started on our Gruffalo themed activities.

We started with a Gruffalo breakfast! Toast, fruit & icing to make a a fun Gruffalo face, while they were eating we put the Gruffalo on the TV for them to watch and enjoy and to get in the spirit of the day.

After breakfast we sat and read The Gruffalo together, each acting & reading a character - The children love to act out their favourite stories, it's great for their imaginations as they grab props from around the room and play out their part. 

Later we cut out some Gruffalo themed letters, this was great for both The Little People as Little Miss is still getting to grips with putting letters in order (she can tell me the order no problem but isn't quite there with sorting the letters), Little Mr enjoyed helping his sister sing through the alphabet and put them in the right order, then they went round together matching uppercase with lowercase. To stick with the theme we used words and sentances from the book while looking for each letter.

F for Fox

Note the blob of blu-tack here? Little Mr was struggling to remember how to hold his pencil correctly so I put a simple band of tack around the pencil, toward the tip which reminded him where to grip the pencil and made it easier to position the pencil. I'm not sure how great this will be long term but it is really helping him get used to holding a pen/ pencil correctly which has helped with pen control and handwriting, as he gains confidence we will take the tack off and try different styles of handwriting pens.

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