Trails and Tales
Stories, imaginative activities and outdoor adventures for toddlers and pre-school children.
STORY TRAILS – our new adapted Trails and Tales session, taking place entirely outside, with a pack to use on a trail around the garden and a craft kit to complete at the park or at home. Choose an arrival time and then explore the trails at your own pace.
Each week we choose a different story as the starting point for our play and build our activities around the themes, characters and plot. We always go on an outdoor adventure around the gardens and parkland at Gatton and we make things linked to the story to take home.
- Outdoor learning
- Fresh air and exercise
- Discovering nature
- Space and freedom
- Wild adventure
- Craft activities
- Developing imagination and creativity
- Exploring different materials and skills
- Learning together
Example session – The Gruffalo
Discover the pages of the story
Make a mouse finger puppet and take him for a walkthrough the ‘deep, dark wood’ to discover the animals in the story
Enjoy an outdoor run-around game looking for the parts of the Gruffalo that have been hidden and stick them together to make a picture
Use your imagination to find natural objects that look like turned out toes, purple prickles and other ingredients that can be added to our ‘Gruffalo crumble’. Add soil and water and bake!
Make a Gruffalo puppet to take home
Enjoy some of our crumble which has been baked into chocolate cake!