One of the world’s most loved children’s characters is venturing out of his cave and onto our screens once again with the launch of the first ever Gruffalo: Games mobile app.

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Just in time for the new school term, children will be able to test The Gruffalo’s quick-thinking and super smart moves in a series of simple but classic games, helping complement the key skills they’ll soon be learning at pre- and primary school.

The Gruffalo: Games app has been launched today by Oscar-nominated entertainment company, Magic Light Pictures, and is based on the much-loved picture book, The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

The games are based on traditional and well-known children’s games that everyone will be familiar with, including snap, three-in-a-row, matching and jigsaws – but each with a monstrous twist!

In two of the games, 3 In A Row and Snap, children are able to play against The Gruffalo himself, who, despite his terrible tusks and terrible claws, is surprisingly good at card games. Children will find plenty of challenge trying to beat him!

The beautifully designed and illustrated app is aimed at 3-7 year olds and features six games set to music from the films. Gruffalo: Games captures the essence of the stories by featuring both The Gruffalo and other popular characters from the book, including Mouse, Owl, Fox and Snake.

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The enduringly popular children’s character comes to life in this new mobile app which has been designed to entertain children and engage them with the real world, as well as The Gruffalo character.

The Gruffalo:Games follows in the footsteps of the highly successful Room on the Broom app which was launched by Magic Light Pictures in October 2013.

Martin Pope, co-founder of Magic Light Pictures, said: “It seemed a great time to launch the Gruffalo: Games this year as it coincided with The Gruffalo’s 15th anniversary celebrations which have been taking place across the country this year.

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“The games are fun, challenging and encourage imagination and we’re thrilled that The Gruffalo’s many fans will be able to enjoy them as much as we do!

“It’s been a pleasure and honour to work with Julia’s wonderful rhymes and Axel’s amazing illustrations, and we’ve worked closely with them to ensure we stay true to their characters.”

Magic Light Pictures developed the app with Stormcloud Games, who they had previously worked with on Room on the Broom: Games released late last year.

The Gruffalo: Games iOS app is available to download priced 2.99.

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    It is good when it is smiles all round in a family.

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    It is always a good sign when I post my weekly reasons to be cheerful late on a Friday or beyond.

    1. Him Indoors has had positive feedback on how he is doing in his new job. I am not sure it is 100 per cent the right job for him but for now it gives us some much needed breathing space from total insecurity.

    2. My eldest son came home thrilled to bits that his RS teacher has said he is on target for A or A star at GCSE level. I knew he would love this subject and good results must suggest he is settling well in his new school. He is also reporting having a laugh with new mates so all good.

    3. My daughter is so keen on our home education journey. When I finish teaching for the day, she often carries on doing her own thing especially on the art and design front. We are studying Ancient Egypt in quite an in-depth way and both of us are enjoying it.

    4. My youngest son refused to go to school on Monday. By Tuesday after a lot of long conversations we had made the decision that home education was the best option for him too. This was rather daunting as he is the most strong-willed of my children and not always easy to persuade of the things you want him to do. However, I am pleased to report that the week has gone well.

    4. We had a lovely session this afternoon with all 3 children working together whilst I had a bubble bath. The shared what they knew about Egypt and it was interesting to see how they all tackled the task in different ways. We then watched videos about the River Nile and they did a crossword only struggling to find the word “arable”

    5. My husband seems reassured that I have looked at the National Curriculum and will put that learning in place but only as a minimum. There is far more learning and fun to be had than that.

    6. I love not being chained to laying out uniform, checking bookbags, stressing about homeworks and having to be somewhere at the same time every day for school runs. I like the freedom and flexibility of home education. I am also inevitably less lonely during the days. I also adore snuggling up to learn together.

    7. We went up to London at the weekend for a creative food workshop organised by Actimel for Kids. We then went on to the Museum of London for muffins (not me!) and drinks. Him Indoors and my son went on a tour where my son ended up presenting just as much as the tour guide apparently. Myself and my daughter took a more leisurely approach exploring the bits that interested us most.

    8. Him Indoors is working shifts which means we get some mornings together. It also means I can be in charge of the remote in the evenings. Result!

    9. I am looking forward to the weekend and visiting a museum locally. We can’t get enough of this learning business.

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      As my 13 and 8 year olds headed back to school, my daughter and I embarked on a new adventure of home education.

      I think both of us felt a little naughty as she stayed in bed later than usual, dressed in casual clothes and was able to have real input into what she wanted to do that day.

      We started with a walk to the village as I needed to get some shopping and to register with the GP.

      “Are you looking forward to getting back to school?” asked the man who served us in the Co-op. “I’m not going back” she mumbled and I explained we were home schooling her. Blank look and no further questions asked.

      When we were out I certainly felt like everybody was staring at us as if we were doing something wrong but then I am prone to see adverse judgment in people’s eyes. We had a picnic and chatted merrily.

      On returning home, we did loads. She wrote a story showing great imagination and good spelling. I set up her some tests on arithmetic which she flew through in minutes. She is clearly going to need bigger challenges in maths.

      We watched a video of a German story even though German is new to both of us. We looked at the words and then we watched the story in English.

      We played a time capsule game looking at objects from World War 2 and listening to stories of evacuation.

      In an attempt to prove to her father that I will not just focus on arts topics, we watched a video on augmented reality. Me showing an interest in anything to do with physics is rare but I was actually quite fascinated by this subject.

      Learning is lovely but this day was magical. It took me right back to the days when I had my first son and relished motherhood so very much. Spending time talking, laughing, discussing and snuggling up – lots to recommend this way of life.

      Oh and just to prove we can be a little offbeat too, we went into the front garden and made structures with bamboo sticks and planted sunflowers too.

      The next day she was very tired. Home educators and my teacher brother tell me that I don’t need to do as many hours as they do at school as one-to-one teaching is so much more intensive.

      What I love about home education

      Quality time together without the tight deadlines of school

      Learning together – a joyous experience

      Closeness – physically and emotionally

      What I worry about

      It feels odd to do less than a full school day – I don’t want to let my daughter down by not doing enough teaching with her

      Knowing the right balance between implementing the stuff they teach in schools and also being a little bit more creative

      I am concerned that she does not love writing things down that much and I don’t want to give in to this. So I might have to implement discipline but I don’t want to turn her off learning.

      That feeling of being a naughty girl as if we are both skiving off school and will get caught at any given moment.

      Having said all that, I am seriously considering taking my 8 year old out of school too. My daughter is keen saying it will be good to have someone for company whilst I am doing other things. My son is also eager although I have to unpick the reasons why with him before we make a final decision.

      So far so good methinks.

      I would be grateful for comments, tips, advice and contacts as our journey moves into its second week.