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Story Time: Days out inspired by kids' favourite characters

Kara Guppy

10 May 2017

Time to Read

3 minutes

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.

  1. The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson

    The 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)

    a young boy spots the Gruffalo with the Gruffalo Spotters app

  2. We are Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

    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. 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!

    A you girl sings we're going on a bear hunt at the beach

  3. Gangsta Granny, David Walliams

    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. The famous location where granny tries to steal the crown jewels.

    The Tower of London on a sunny day

  4. The Famous Five, Enid Blyton

    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.

    The Guppy family sits at the very beach where the famous five went on their adventures

  5. Harry Potter, JK Rowling 

    The 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.

    Three kids taste butterbeer at the Warner Bros Studio Tour at Leavesden

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



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. Kara is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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