Home Schooling Week Plan | The Gruffalo

23 March 2020

Gruffalo resources for home schooling

Last week it was announced that all schools would close on Friday 20th March to try and help tackle the spread of Corona Virus. It is very scary times in the world right now but to help keep some sort of routine and normality I will be Home Schooling. Home Schooling is something I have never considered before but I know this is something I need to do to help little J through these crazy times. I have created Home Schooling week plans and this week our theme is The Gruffalo.

I have browsed online for ideas for activities based on The Gruffalo and there is a wide range of ideas on sites such as Twinkl and The Gruffalo.

Depending on the age of the child you can adapt these activities to suit. Little J is KS1 so these activities would be most suitable for ages 5-7.

Gruffalo resources for home schooling
Read The Gruffalo
This can either be read to your child or your child can read it to you.

Gruffalo resources for home schooling
Book Review
Once you have read The Gruffalo let your child think about the story and then review the book.

What is the setting?
Who was the main character?
What happened at the beginning?
What happened in the middle?
What happened at the end?

Book reviews help a child's reading comprehension and it's a nice way for your child to express any thoughts they had.

Gruffalo resources for home schooling
Describing Characters
Describing characters in your own words helps a child think about the character in detail and write down their thoughts. If you need to use prompts you could ask your child to write down...

The name of the character.
Is the character big or small?
What does the character do in the story?
Is the character good or naughty?
Does the character have friends?
Where does the character live?

Gruffalo resources for home schooling
Design Your Own Terrible Creature
 Your child can use their imagination to create their own terrible creature and then describe the terrible creature so we can learn more about them.

Gruffalo resources for home schooling
Talking About Thoughts
This activity is for your child to describe the thoughts of the character. Your child will have to really think about the character and what they are thinking about in the story.

Counting Worksheet
A basic counting sheet that you can then adapt to create a maths activity. We will use this as a base sheet to do maths activities creating addition, subtraction and multiply problems.

Gruffalo resources for home schooling
Pencil Control Sheets
Some children only use pens and pencils during school hours so it is important to keep up their pencil control otherwise their fingers and hands can become weak. Pencil control activities can help a child to maintain focus as they follow lines or dots on a sheet to form letters, words or even sentences.

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Learning Through Play
Learning through playing makes it more fun and the kids don't think of it as work. We have lots of Gruffalo themed activities such as Animal Yoga, Word searches, Colouring Sheets, Pairs, Activity Sheets, Jigsaws and a Gruffalo Match and Memory Game.

We also have a Gruffalo themed treasure hunt planned. I have cut up all the squares from the 'pairs' game and I will hide one half of all the pairs and little J can try and find them around the house so we can then play the game.

We will also be doing baking activities making Gruffalo Cakes and Gruffalo Crumble.

Hopefully these activities will keep little ones busy. I will be mixing these in throughout the day with normal fun activities, chill time and outside time in between.

This is a huge transition for our children so I will be just taking it one day at a time.



  1. Reading and practicing on Gruffalo is such a fun way to learn, especially that the academic activities are combined with play. This activity set is very useful for homeschooling children.

  2. Thanks for this which I will send to my son who has the grandchildren to somehow keep occupied.

  3. I love The Gruffalo so does my grandson

  4. Love the idea of a book review, I hadn’t thought of doing this with my son. I will give it a go this week

  5. It must be so tough at the moment knowing exactly how to act with everything going on, but to keep any sort of normality for the kids must be so important, and who doesn't love the gruffalo? x

  6. Thanks for this i will be using this for my nephew.

  7. Who doesn't love the Gruffalo thanks for this

  8. I saw this on Twitter and loved the idea of taking the classic tale and making a range of activities to go along side it

  9. We have a little munchkin who is obsessed with the gruffalo in this house . This is fantastic. Thank you for sharing

  10. Aww this looks like a fun lesson. My sons school posts daily work from him on their class dojo so saves me the trouble of finding things to teach him luckily! I am just glad he isn't older otherwise I wouldn't be able to keep up with him haha

  11. Both my kids still love the Gruffalo even though they are bigger now and these activities would be fantastic for little ones to do

  12. This looks great. Will have to get one for my nephews. Gruffulo is so popular in my sisters household too. Good luck with home schooling. Challenging times but with so many companies helping out we can get through this

  13. This is such a fantastic idea. I'm tempted to try and theme weeks as I'm currently winging it and exhausted.

  14. We have been doing a few hours of work each day but mainly relaxing and trying to keep everything calm for the kids.

  15. I love this idea. Was trying to help Sebby with his English tuis week but this would really help him understand what he has to do


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