Despite rumbles of thunder and a torrential downpour of rain, we still had great fun and enjoyed all the activities, including (naturally!) some forest crafts.
We made a few Gruffalo things, including a lovely log birthday badge, but our favourite activity of the day was making a clay Gruffalo using a mixture of craft and forest materials.
You can make one at home if you have some air drying clay, salt dough or similar!
1. Roll a large ball of clay for the Gruffalo's body, and a small one for his head. Secure together with a stick if necessary
2. Add two googley eyes (ideally orange, like in the book) and a tiny green pom pom for the poisonous wart on the end of his nose!
3. Cut a purple pipe cleaner into small pieces, bend in half, and press into the back of your clay figure, for those "purple prickles all over his back"
4. Use two pieces of pine cone or bark to make his ears
5. Find some sticks with bumpy bits to give him legs with "knobbly knees", and some more sticks for his arms
6. Find some small pieces of twig, bark, leaves or other forest objects to give him his terrible teeth, and his black tongue!
7. If using air drying clay, leave overnight and it should be hard by the following day
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