This Gruffalo Puppet is a great option for a baby’s 1st birthday present, so that’s why we’ve made it Gift of the Week. Babies love puppets – perhaps because of the movement and colours, or perhaps because they’re able to interact with both you and the puppet at the same time. Adding noises to your puppet routine is also a good idea as it helps babies to learn about animal or character noises and also enables them to practise the art of conversation, which is essential to a baby’s language development.

You can choose from a whole range of puppets on our Puppets for Babies page, but for now let us tell you about the Gruffalo puppet which is one of our favourites.

For those of you who are not familiar with the character of the ‘Gruffalo’, he comes from the book of the same name by Julia Donaldson (published 1999) and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The book tells the story of a mouse who walks through the woods and means lots of scary creatures (an owl, a fox, a snake) who all want to eat them. To save himself from being eaten, the mouse tells his attackers that he is friends with a scary creature called the Gruffalo who will eat them in turn. The Gruffalo is of course a work of fiction by the cunning mouse. He describes him as having ‘terrible tusks and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws’. After saving himself the mouse is astonished to meet a real-life Gruffalo through the woods who looks exactly like the fictional character the mouse thought he was inventing. Once again, to save himself from being eaten, the mouse thinks quickly on his feet and pretends that he is the most frightening creature in the woods and the Gruffalo shouldn’t mess with him. The Gruffalo doesn’t initially believe him, but agrees to take a tour of the woods with the mouse so that he can see how scary this little mouse really is. Whilst strolling round the woods, the creatures that had earlier tried to eat the mouse now see the real-life Gruffalo and are terrified of him. The Gruffalo is convinced that the mouse’s story of his own braveness is in fact true and after the mouse threatens to eat the Gruffalo, he runs away and leaves the mouse free in the woods at last.

The Gruffalo is a fantastic tale and children love it. From the success of the original book, a number of board books, activity books, colouring books and sound books have since been produced. Get your baby acquainted with this fabulous character with this Gruffalo puppet made by the Puppet Company.

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