It’s Roald Dahl Day and we’re feeling nostalgia for his scrumdiddlyumptious stories.
Share them with your kids with these five ideas inspired by the characters in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and immerse yourself back into Willy Wonka’s wonderful world.
Charlie Bucket: Give your child a Golden Ticket moment! First they need to make the ticket by drawing and colouring, then you hide it for them to find. Try under a dinner plate (they can check when they’ve finished eating). The ticket could grant something special as a reward for being good.
Willy Wonka: They pretend to be Willy Wonka and give you a tour of their Chocolate Factory. Get them to use their imagination to turn the stairs into a chocolate river, have them float through the living room as they sip a Fizzy Lifting Drink, and then announce their special new chocolate invention (help them to make this up!).
Violet Beauregarde: In the book, Violet eats a piece of gum that’s… “…amazing, it’s made of tomato soup, roast beef and baked potato, and blueberry pie.” Ask your child to imagine they’ve tried a piece of Violet’s gum – what does each course tastes of?
Oompa Loompas: Put the Oompa Loompa song on You Tube (we like this 1971 film version) and then let them have fun doing their own, made-up Oompa Loompa dance!
Mike TeaVee: Get them to make this brilliant television they can put themselves in.
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