Gruffalo Sensory Small World

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I decided it was time to bring a little of the Gruffalo to our world for Squirrel to explore; he loves sensory play, and we get a huge amount from it. We have been having a Gruffalo themed ‘sub’ unit to our Autumn Unit – round up to follow, and couldn’t resist this on a rainy afternoon in the West Country after watching it on TV.

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From word practice, character, object and colour recognition, fine motor, hand control, lots relating to imaginative play and dozens of other developmental ‘clicks’, small world sensory brings a new dimension of exploration to a subject.

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I collected some of our treasures, and found the beautiful orchestral soundtrack to the Gruffalo to ring through the kitchen as we swept ourselves away into the Gruffalos forest.

We used:
Stones
Sanitised feathers
Pine cones
Sycamore seeds
Beech leaves
Curls of birch bark
Acorns
Sticks
Chopped twine
Dyed rice in brown, orange, red and green
Laminated printed characters from twinkl

I arranged his shelves, a tray and a few tools beside the set up (i used an unused drawer perched on his water table) and enjoyed arranging a starting position for him to discover.

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Then let him loose!

He found all the creatures, picked them out, told me their names and a few of their sounds (“hissss!”, “ruff!”, “eek!”, “raaaah!”) then replaced them again.

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Stones are very important to Squirrel. He evacuated all of the stones. Then put them back in again. And again. And again.

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Then we made a nest for the fox (and the mouse, for some reason Squirrel was terribly insistent that they stick together!)

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And a ‘cave’ for the Gruffalo!

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Owl spent a lot of time being kindly given feathers… and then having stones piled on top of him.

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Then the rice. Oh my, sweepy sweepy poury poury!

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Glorious rice!

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The fox was fed lots of lovely red rice! “Red rice for fox!” is the most delicious thing to say, by the way. Give it a try. Very satisfying. Red rice for fox… red rice for fox… heh!

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It all went down rather well, and kept him going for a good half an hour.

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This post is part of Gruffalo Fortnight, an extension to Unit 2. Autumn and Harvest.

Glorious!

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