Story Time: Days out inspired by kids' favourite characters
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 think I’ve found a solution, by bringing their stories to life on days out you can encourage a love of reading that will stay with them for life. Starting reading with them when they are little is the key, and we have a couple of favourite books which we use for days out.
The Gruffalo, Julia DonaldsonThe obvious one to use is the Gruffalo app. Launched by the Forestry Commission, the 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. The app is completely free to use and you get to see Mouse and her friends come to life before your very eyes. (in some locations the Gruffalo trail has been replaced with The Highway Rat trail, so double check before visiting)
We are Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen and Helen OxenburyYou 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. It’s one of our favourites that you can play anywhere, and it can really spur the kids on when they complain about tired legs!
Gangsta Granny, David WalliamsWhen 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. The famous location where granny tries to steal the crown jewels.
The Famous Five, Enid BlytonLiving 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.
Harry Potter, JK RowlingThe Warner Bros Studio Tour is great for Harry Potter fans as you can practice your wand skills and even learn to fly on a broomstick.
Have you got any days out inspired by books near you?
If you’re still looking for fictional inspiration then check out our Lights, Camera, Action: 10 family films all kids have to see before the age of 10