On Saturday we headed up to Dalby forest in North Yorkshire for a lovely family walk with a twist, as it was also a chance to try out the latest App from The Forestery commission “Gruffalo Spotters“!
Whilst the sun was shining and we were looking forward to a lovely walk, the fact we were taking the ipad out just felt so weird to me and I wasn’t sure if I really liked that.
When I first heard about the App I thought it was a brilliant idea, but then the more I thought about it, I kinda felt like it defeated the object of taking your kids outside (to chase nature and get off screens). But it surprisingly worked well together and the kids loved it, and it made for a lot of family fun. Because in reality the Ipad only briefly came out about 5 times around the trail to spot the character whose prints we had found on the boards. It then brought to life the creature in a magical way that gave the forest a whole new feel for the kids, and as they watched the little performance on screen (but couldn’t see it in real life), it became a real imagination builder and fascinating for us all. The excitement fuelled them to run and discover who else was hiding in the deep dark wood..
We are not particularly an App kind of family, and our kids don’t have their own devices. In some ways that made this adventure all the more fun because they were allowed to use the Ipad and also had to share and work together too. Because it was something so different to our usual outdoor adventures, it was exciting for them and as I say magical too. It didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the outdoors and we still came away feeling refreshed and very muddy.
I would recommend you check it out soon at your local forest as being Gruffalo spotters is so much fun to do together and makes for a magical Gruffalo/forest adventure.