On Saturday we made the decision to brave the weather and take a trip up to Moors Valley.
Well there's no such thing as bad weather just inappropriate clothing … and to be honest my kids have rubbish wet weather clothing BUT I do have a “who cares it will wash” attitude so we ventured out! The children were wrapped in at least 5 layers of clothing each – to save a few pennies on parking I persuaded Kara (ChelseaMamma) to walk from Potterne Park to Moors Valley. This normally takes us about 20/30mins and there is lots to do on route – climbing bridges, looking for fish, playing pooh sticks, log seats and some great information points about local wildlife and even a tree/leaf rubbing area.
Part way through our walk the sun came out and the children began to remove their layers. On arrival at the information centre a big black cloud loomed we decided lunch was the best option and BOY did it rain! But as quickly as it came the sun started to shine. I suggested we maybe walk back to Potterne in case another downfall came but I was out voted by 5 excited children, a fox baby and Kara. AND I'm so glad they didn't listen to me as we had a great time and it was so WARM!
The Gruffalo Child's Trail is a great addition to Moors Valley. The activity pack is £2 which includes colouring sheet, activity sheet, pencil and stickers (the lovely lady gave us extra stickers too). The trail begins near the Gruffalo wooden statue which is stunning and takes you through 10 pit stops with activities to do. From building dens to matching animals with food to looking at shadow shapes.
The trail lends itself well to lots of imaginative play and following on activities we hunted for the Gruffalo and tried to find any tracks or animal poo.
There are also Gruffalo Child coloured circles hiding in the trees with letters on! They can be hard to spot at the exit we realised we missed one but luckily so did another group so we shared the missed letters! And then had to attempt to help 3 children age 6&7 decipher the word (they had some odd answers!)
The walk back from Moors to Potterne was long and tiring with the 3 yrs old legs giving up and 5 children arguing over my 2 hands! But eventually we made it back and the little monkey's suddenly had a burst of energy and we went to the park!!
On arrival at home – we stripped, bathed and ate pizza watching Jurassic Park! Well except Olive who fell asleep and didn't wake up until morning!
Still excited by the Gruffalo Trail Olive did some colouring in there are some great activities on Twinkl including some masks which would make a great party activity/party bag filler – poor M&M had homework to do ;)