Activity for ages 3 to 6.
Do you love The Gruffalo too? This fun follow up to the classic children’s story is a great way to practice number recognition while developing kids’ fine motor skills at the same time. Who will be the first to roll a gruffalo?
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The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson is a classic children’s story about a small mouse who, trying to spook his predators, invents a story about a terribly scary gruffalo. When his imaginary tale turns out to be true, the mouse must quickly find a way to convince the real gruffalo that he shouldn’t make the mouse his next meal.
Roll a Gruffalo
To set up our game, I drew my best attempt of a gruffalo face on the left side of a blank piece of paper and created a simple table matching the numbers 1-6 to a different body part like this:
I invited my 3 year old to join me. We looked at each side of the die and counted the dots. Then I explained that we were going to roll the die and see what number landed on top. Depending on what it was, we would trace a different body part.
Roll #1 was a two. My son counted the dots and I helped him find the matching number on our chart. “An eye!” he said. We moved the tracing paper on top of the gruffalo and he began tracing an eye.
He continued rolling and tracing.
When he’d already drawn both eyes and rolled a two again, he simply picked up the die and rolled again. Seeing the numbers over and over again helped him begin memorizing what they look like.
Roll a Gruffalo was a big hit in our house. I hope your kids love it too!!
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