Books and activities for children who love The Gruffalo
Keep young fans of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling story entertained with these The Gruffalo books and free activities.
Since it was first published more than twenty years ago, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo has been read by children all over the world, adapted for TV and stage, and even brought to life in a woodland walk.
If you’re looking for books for babies and children who love The Gruffalo, read on for our edit of the best picture books, activity books and free downloadable activity sheets featuring the story of the creature with the terrible tusks and the terrible claws.
Find out more about Julia Donaldson’s other books here. Or, if you’re looking for other ways to keep the kids entertained, discover our list of the very best children’s activity books, from stickers to colouring and crafts.
The Gruffalo books for babies and toddlers
The Gruffalo books for 3-5 year olds
The Gruffalo activity and sticker books
The Gruffalo activities and colouring pages
These printable The Gruffalo activities make great indoor activities for kids of all ages.
The Gruffalo colouring pages
Children big and small can get creative with these free printable A4 The Gruffalo colouring pages featuring best-loved characters from The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child.
Colour in The Gruffalo and all of the other characters from the story with this woodland scene colouring sheet.
Colour in The Gruffalo and his child with this activity sheet.
Aha! Oho! Colour in The Gruffalo’s Child with this downloadable activity sheet.
The Gruffalo activities
Help the Gruffalo find the words in the wordsearch
Help the Gruffalo find everything he needs to throw a brilliant birthday party with this word search, designed for children who are learning to read more independently.
Help the Gruffalo find his presents in the maze
Show the Gruffalo the way to find the presents for his party with this printable puzzle sheet designed for children aged 3 and up.
Spot the difference with the Gruffalo and friends
Challenge children to spot the differences between the snap of the Gruffalo and his friends celebrating his birthday with this printable activity sheet. Once they’ve completed the puzzle, children can copy a scene from the book and make a spot the difference puzzle for an adult or sibling to solve too.
Join the dots and colour in the Gruffalo
Children of all ages can complete the scene with this dot-to-dot activity sheet, and colour the Gruffalo in once they’ve finished it.
Match the characters from The Gruffalo
This printable Gruffalo pairs game can be mounted on cardboard (a cereal box would work well) or laminated so that you can play it again and again. Take it in turns to turn over a card to look for a match, or you could have a go at playing snap with slightly older children.
Put on a show with these Gruffalo finger puppets
Recreate The Gruffalo or make up a whole new story with these finger puppets. With the cast of curious critters from the book to bring to life, kids will have hours of fun putting on shows featuring the Gruffalo, mouse, fox and more!
Make a delicious Gruffalo Crumble
Get the whole family in the kitchen to help bake a delicious crumble that you can all enjoy together. The recipe for this bake is taken from Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes. This recipe book features 24 ideas for healthy snacks, sweet treats and simple cooking projects for children inspired by the original The Gruffalo book.
Throw your own Gruffalo party
If your child has a birthday coming up, why not throw them a Gruffalo themed party? From masks to invitations and even a recipe for Gruffalo cake, here’s everything you need to throw a party any young Gruffalo fan will love!
Join Julia Donalsdon in the deep dark wood for this special performance of The Gruffalo: