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Story Time: Days out inspired by kids' favourite characters

Kara Guppy

10 May 2017

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Did you know that it is National Share-A-Story Month (NSSM), which is an annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing?

With all the technology around these days, getting kids to enjoy reading can be an uphill struggle as they can get an instant buzz from watching something on a tablet, however, I have found that bringing their stories to life on days out can encourage a love of reading that will stay with them for life.

Starting reading with them when they are little is a key to a love of reading and we have a couple of favourite books which we use for days out.

Use the Gruffalo app to find your very own augmented reality Gruffalo!

The obvious one to use is the Gruffalo app. Recently launched by the Forestry Commission, the new Gruffalo Augmented Reality app combines with the self-led trails at 26 locations all over the UK.

The trail follows the story of the Gruffalo and is packed with fun facts about forest animals with fantastic activities to enjoy along the way, is completely free to do and you get to see Mouse and her friends come to life before your very eyes.

Turn your family walk in to a bear hunt, with this literary twist

Another of our favourites you can play anywhere and can really spur the kids on when they complain about tired legs. You will often find us chanting 'We are Going on a Bear Hunt, we're going to find a big one' on days out in the forest or at the beach.

All aboard the Hogwarts Express at Warner Bros Studio Tour London, for a day out inspired by Harry Potter

When the kids get a bit older, their tastes in books change. We found ourselves at the Tower of London after Isaac read the book Gangsta Granny and the Warner Bros Studio Tour is great for Harry Potter fans as you can practice your wand skills, walk Platform 93/4 and even learn to fly on a broomstick.

Living in Dorset we are very lucky to have the location for Enid Blyton's Famous Five stories on our doorstep. The tales of a group of four friends and their trusty hound who spent their school holidays solving mysteries is still relevant today and our favourite spots featured in her books are Corfe Castle, The Blue Pool and Furzebrook.

This beautiful beach was the inspiration for The Famous Five

Finally, keep an eye out for things to do on your travels. We visited Scotland recently and visited the former home of JM Barrie. The town had an amazing Neverland playground in remembrance of the author which was based on his Peter Pan books which the kids adored playing in.

Have you got any days out inspired by books near you? Leave us a comment below or let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Head to Neverland for a tribute to the popular Peter Pan books

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Kara Guppy

10 May 2017

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Kara is a mum of 6 children aged 3 to 23 and lives in Dorset. Kara and family live by the motto 'Collect Moments, Not Things' and are known as a thrill-seeking family.

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