It literally isn't Christmas without a Julia Donaldson, adaptation on the telly. This years offering was The Highway Rat, a beautifully animated film, filled with swashbuckling adventure of bandits and biscuits. As the children have gotten older we've not read some of Julia Donaldson's new material so this was a bit of a treat.
The Highway Rat tells the tale of a ravenous rat who craves buns, biscuits and all things sweet. Tearing along the highway, he searches for sugary treats to steal, until his sweet tooth leads him to a sticky end. This sweetly satisfying animation features the voice talents of an all star, home grown cast; David Tennant (AKA the best Dr Who); Rob Brydon (Gavin and Stacey); Frances De La Tour (Into The Woods); Tom Hollander (Pride & Prejudice); and Nina Sosanya (Love Actually). After the first “Stand and Deliver” Olive was hooked and The Highway Rat a firm favourite.
With exceptional timing not only did Olive receive a bag full of The Highway Rat goodies, celebrating the release of the DVD (5th February 2018) but it also marked the opening of The Highway Rat trail at Moors Valley. Olive set to work straight away decorating the canvas bag the goodies came in. I love how creative my girls are. She snuggled down to watch the DVD on repeat for a week and you know learn the script word for word!
The Highway Rat trail activity pack is £3, which contains activity sheets, stickers, string, pencil and a crayon, oh and of course a Highway Rat mask, Olive quickly hijacked that for herself. Don't be fooled by the lovely sunny photos it was freezing! The food stash rubbing activity was really sweet and the posters give the older ones something to read and learn. Megan particularly enjoyed the bird call poster which detailed bird calls “chiff chaff” had her laughing for ages. At Moors Valley the trail ended between part of the play trail providing even more fun and excitement. We started to attach things to the fishing rod but my fingers were just too cold to tie! But we have kept the start and Olive plans to add more and make a fairy wand.
The trail took about an hour the trail is 2km long, we didn't do all the on the spot activities as it was a tad chilly. But now we have the pack we will more than likely venture out again. Once we got home we cuddled up to defrost in front of the DVD which is available from all good retailers however it is currently £7 on Amazon
The Forestry Commission website details all the venues around the UK with The Highway Rat trail plus there are plenty of activity downloads too. With the DVD out in shops it makes for a lovely Half Term activity.
We were sent a goody bag of The Highway Rat merchandise including the soft toy and DVD. I paid the £3 for the play trail.