Bookbug Detective: Celebrating Roald Dahl Day with Little Ones
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I’m a Keyworker in the 3-year-old room at a nursery and would love to celebrate Roald Dahl Day with the children on 13 September. Do you have any ideas of activities we could do?
That sounds like a lovely idea! There is so much that can be done to link to Roald Dahl’s fabulous books, even for really little ones. Here are a few ideas:
- Make your own ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ – you could use all sorts of sensory items, e.g. Shaving foam, bubble bath, mud. Use your imagination! Or you could make one that the children can actually drink with various fruit juices etc.
- Read a few of the Revolting Rhymes – these are a collection of alternative fairy tales told as poems - the children will love them. If I had to choose a favourite it would be ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ – it’s hilarious!
- What’s in Mr Twit’s Beard? – why not make masks, adding on the disgusting things you might find in Mr Twit’s beard? There’s a template in this Party Pack on the Roald Dahl website.
- Make some Revolting Recipes – for example, Boiled Slobbages, Glumptious Globgobblers, Nishnobblers and Plushnuggets. Yum! Or you could make up your own revolting recipe or ask the kids for suggestions.
- You could go the whole hog and dress up – encourage the children to come along as a favourite character from a Roald Dahl book.
- Download these printable bookmarks from the Penguin website for the children to use in their favourite book.
- Make your own Willy Wonka sweeties with play dough – find out how in this very simple guide!
- Last but not least, sit back and enjoy some splendiferous stories, many of which are suitable for younger readers and come in picture book format, e.g. The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me, The Magic Finger and The Enormous Crocodile. You could even get the children to make their own crocodiles out of toilet tubes.
Hopefully this gives you something to get started with. Good luck and have fun!