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Week Beginning 22.02.2021

This week we are sharing the story The Gruffalo.

The Gruffalo

When you listen to the story together, encourage your child to join in with some repeated words e.g. "There's no such thing as a Gruffalo." This is called a 'repeated refrain'.

Now that it is getting warmer outside, you could go for a Gruffalo Walk. There are lots of different things that you can look for:

- Animals

- Footprints (you could try and make your own footprints outside in sand or mud)

- Signs of Spring (can you see any plants or flowers?)

Gruffalo Playdough


Below is a simple playdough recipe, you can use brown paint or food colouring to make the play dough brown.

  • 8 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp table salt
  • 60ml warm water
  • 1 tbsp brown paint/food colouring
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil 


  •  Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.
  •  Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and mix together with a spoon.
  •  Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, stretchy dough. If you want a stronger colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.
  •  Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh. 


Can you make a Gruffalo using your brown playdough and bits and bobs you might find around your house? 

The Gruffalo Song


Here's a video of the author of The Gruffalo; Julia Donaldson, singing The Gruffalo song. 

See if you can join in with any of the actions.

The Gruffalo Song in Makaton

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