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We're going on a Gruffalo Hunt...- Purple Mash 2Do Activity

We're Going on a Gruffalo Hunt....


Can you go on a hunt for a Gruffalo? 

In Nursery we enjoy going on a Gruffalo hunt!  We encourage the children to join in with the repeating verse from 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' (changing Bear for Gruffalo) using the children's own ideas for the obstacles and their associated noises.


Travel around your house, or garden, or the local park, imagining different weathers and obstacles to get past.  Encourage your child to join in as you say the verse, 'We're going on a Gruffalo hunt! We're going to catch a big one! What a beautiful day! We're not scared!

Then choose one of your obstacles, for example if you imagine you have found a pebble beach you might say:

'Oh no! A pebbly beach!  We can't jump over it, we can't go around it, we'll have to walk on it!!  

Ask your child how it might feel to walk on pebbles then use those words or sounds:

'Ouch! Wobble! Ouch! Wobble'.... Whilst pretending to walk over the pebbles.


The positional language you will use - in, on, under, around, through - should be accompanied by large hand and arm gestures to support your child's understanding of the vocabulary.


Here is Michael Rosen's lovely book 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' if you are not familiar with it...

We're Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

WOW! What an exciting adventure you've had and well done for finding the Gruffalo!


Now it's time to log into your Purple Mash account and access your 'The Gruffalo' 2Do . We would like you to draw a picture of the Gruffalo you found. There are lots of different colours and paint textures to use and remember to change the size of the brush you are drawing with using the slider in the bottom left corner. Happy Gruffalo painting! 

Parents ... this 2Do activity might be easier for your child to complete using a touchscreen device or alternatively if using a computer mouse it might be necessary for you to place your hand over your child's when they are holding the mouse. This will help develop their cursor control and mouse skills.


Learning the correct mouse hold is important for helping children to be able to use a mouse quickly and effectively. It is important to learn this early on because developing an unsuitable hold can become a habit that is hard to break later.

To hold the mouse correctly, you should:

  • Place your palm on the base of the mouse.
  • Put your thumb on the side of the mouse closest to the computer.
  • Put your index finger on the left button.
  • Put your middle finger on the right button.
  • Put your remaining fingers on the far side of the mouse.
  • Your wrist should be straight, following the angle of your arm and not twisted to either side or higher or lower.

Here are some pictures to help demonstrate correct mouse hold: