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Gruffalo Hunting – Thorndon Country Park

At 18 months old Ethan discovered The Gruffalo. It started with the book, which led to even more books, toys, games, and even a chocolate Gruffalo. The Gruffalo was Ethan’s first obsession. At its height, we could easily read this book to him all day if we allowed it. My new party trick was to recite this book word for word. With all of Ethan’s obsessions, we do indulge them as its nice to have something to enjoy and connect with him. Last year I noticed that some of my Facebook friends were posting pictures of themselves with a Gruffalo. With the realisation my Dad knew where the Gruffalo was, we set off to find him. It was our turn to go Gruffalo Hunting at Thorndon Country Park.

Gruffalo Hunting Thorndon Country Park

Gruffalo Hunting In 2012

Armed with the map provided we started our search and easily found the mouse.

mouse gruffalo hunting thorndon country park
ethan touching mouse gruffalo hunting thorndon country park

Next, it was time to find the main man himself, The Gruffalo. Ethan recognised him right away and ran around him in circles. As Ethan looked at the Gruffalo I recited the words from the book.

He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.

gruffalos terrible tusks ethan jane gruffalo hunting thorndon country park

He has knobbly knees, and turned-out toes,
and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. 
His eyes are orange, his tongue is black, he has purple prickles all over his back.

gruffalo back purple prickles jane ethan gruffalo hunting thorndon country park
jane ethan counting gruffalo prickles gruffalo hunting thorndon country park

Oh help! Oh no! It’s a gruffalo!

gruffalo ethan jane looking surprised gruffalo hunting thorndon country park

Finally, we set off to find the Gruffalo’s child. He was harder to find but we found him in the end…

ethan jane gruffalos child gruffalo hunting thorndon country park
jane ethan gruffalos child gruffalo hunting thorndon country park

We had a lovely afternoon in the park and as Darren was at work the day we visited he promised he would take us again. 

Visiting The Gruffalo In 2013

Fast forward to this year and I had noticed, again from Facebook, that more of the characters had been added to the Gruffalo trail. It was time for us to visit again, this time with daddy.

This year the map cost 50p. They must have been printing so many for the visitors that want to go Gruffalo hunting.

As with last year, the mouse was the first character to find. Ethan had just woken up from being asleep. He wasn’t very happy to be Gruffalo hunting and wanted to go back to the car!

ethan mouse gruffalo hunting thorndon country park
mouse ethan gruffalo hunting thorndon country park

With the mouse found and Ethan happier we set off to find the fox. He was very good at hiding and it took us some time but we finally found his hiding spot.

fox gruffalo hunting thorndon country park
ethan darren fox gruffalo hunting thorndon country park

With the fox checked off of the list we then had to find the owl. Thankfully he was easy to spot.

owl gruffalo hunting thorndon country park

The snake was next and we spent most of our time with him as Ethan really interacted with him.

snake gruffalo hunting thorndon country park
ethan sitting snake gruffalo hunting thorndon country park
ethan snake
ethan looking at snake
ethan looking up at snake

After Ethan had enough time with the snake it was time to find the Gruffalo’s child. He had been moved to a spot that was easier to find. 

ethan gruffalos child

Lastly it was time to say hello to the main man himself…

ethan holding gruffalos black tounge

…I love that Ethan is holding his hand in this photo, I didn’t even realise until I looked back through the photos.

ethan holding gruffalos hand

We had another lovely morning Gruffalo hunting. We visited the park early as it was a weekend, my advice to anyone wishing to visit at the weekend would be to go early as there are lots of people Gruffalo hunting.

Our recent to visit the Gruffalo at Thorndon Country Park was in the summer of 2018. This was part of a school project for Little E.

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