8 Super Roald Dahl Craft and Sensory Ideas

It’s hard not to be captivated by the magic of Roald Dahl stories. I love the images the stories conjure up in your imagination. Turning the pages is like stepping into a different world. As it’s Roald Dahl Day on 13th September I thought I’d share some Roald Dahl Craft and sensory ideas.

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.  – The Minpins

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day happens on and around September 13th, the author’s birthday. It’s a celebration of the author and his imaginative stories.

Roald Dahl Craft and Sensory Activities

Roald Dahl stories are perfect inspiration for craft and sensory activities so here are some of my favourites:

Snozcumber slime

Do you dare to make some repulsant snozzcumber slime? I wonder if it tastes like cockroaches and slime wanglers, or frog skin and rotten fish? This slime is really quick and easy to make. You only need 4 ingredients and it’s great for sensory play.

Fantastic Mr Fox Mask

To create this Roald Dahl craft go on an adventure, searching for beautiful autumn leaves. Then make your own Fantastic Mr Fox mask.

Then Mrs. Fox got shyly to her feet and said, “I don’t want to make a speech. I just want to say one thing, and it is this: MY HUSBAND IS A FANTASTIC FOX.” – Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr Fox

George’s Marvellous Medicine

Creating George’s Marvellous Medicine is a great sensory activity. From ‘Nevermore Ponking Deodorant Spray’ to ‘Brown Shoe Polish’ it’s overflowing with delightful ingredients. Obviously most of them aren’t safe for children to use, so I’ve put together a list of alternative George’s Marvellous Medicine ingredients that you could use.

BFG Dream Jars – Hobbycraft

The Big Friendly Giant keeps good dreams that he mixes in Dream Jars, before he blows them into the ears of sleeping children with his dream blower. Make your own Dream Jar with this recipe from Hobbycraft.


Dreams, Is very mysterious things. They is floating around in the air like little wispy-misty bubbles. And all the time they is searching for sleeping people. – Roald Dahl, The Big Friendly Giant

Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory play dough – The Imagination Tree

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is my favourite Roald Dahl book! Let your child’s imagination go wild with this fabulous Chocolate Factory Play Dough from The Imagination Tree.


Everything that he had seen so far – the great chocolate river, the waterfall, the huge sucking pipes, the minty sugar meadows, the Oompa-Loompas, the beautiful pink boat, and most of all, Mr. Willy Wonka himself – had been so astonishing that he began to wonder whether there could possibly be any more astonishments left. – Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Mr Twit’s beard – Stressed Rach

What food do you think you might find in the hairy jungle of Mr Twit’s beard? Maggoty green cheese, a mouldy old cornflake or even the slimy tail of a tinned sardine? Re-create your own Mr Twit beard with Stressed Rach’s fantastically revolting Roald Dahl craft activity.


By sticking out his tongue and curling it sideways to explore the hairy jungle around his mouth, he was always able to find a tasty morsel here and there to nibble on.
― Roald Dahl, The Twits

BFG Dream Catchers – The Suburban Mom

If you want to mix good dreams like the BFG you could make yourself a dream-catcher, like this lovely one from The Suburban Mom.


Alfie the Tortoise from Esio Trot

I love these baby turtles from Pink Stripey Socks, you could turn them into Alfie the tortoise from Esio Trot.


Or try these ideas from the Roald Dahl Story Company

Your creativity doesn’t have to stop there…

Roald Dahl, the inventor

Roald Dahl was inventive from a young age. He rigged up a Meccano machine between his house and the garage opposite so he could drop water bombs passers by!

In December 1960, Roald Dahl’s young son was involved in a serious accident. It led to him developing “water on the brain.” Roald Dahl, in partnership with engineer Stanley Wade and neurosurgeon Kenneth Till, invented what became known as the Wade-Dahl-Till valve – a cerebral shunt used to drain excess fluid from the brain. His son had recovered to the point where it was not necessary in his treatment, by the time the valve was ready for use. Several thousand children around the world benefited from the valve.

Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world – Roald Dahl, Matilda

Children have fantastic imaginations, so are naturally great inventors. Find out how you can encourage your child’s inventive streak.

How else can I celebrate Roald Dahl Day?

The Dahlicious Dress Up Day is part of Roald Dahl Day celebrations. Across the world schools and groups dress up as their favourite Roald Dahl character and fundraise for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.

If your child needs to dress up, don’t panic. Here are some great Roald Dahl fancy dress ideas which you can make at home. I love the Big Friendly Giant ears!

I hope you liked my round-up of Roald Dahl Craft and Sensory Ideas. If you try any I’d love to see your creations so don’t forget to tag me @Squidgydoodle on Instagram or Facebook and @SquidgydoodleHQ on Twitter. What’s your favourite Roald Dahl book?



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  • The SEN Resources Blog Posted September 13, 2018 7:57 pm

    So many brilliant ideas as usually Debbie! Love this post #KidsandKreativity

    • Debbie Denyer Posted September 14, 2018 12:01 pm

      Thank you Georgina, I really appreciate your support.

  • Dynamic Dad Posted September 14, 2018 11:36 am

    This is a great list, loads on here to try with the Bean!

    I had no idea about the valve either – loved his books as a kid and getting to re-read them all now – but this man truly was amazing!

    • Debbie Denyer Posted September 14, 2018 11:52 am

      Thank you. You’re so right, he was truly amazing. He was also a spy, a fighter pilot and a chocolate historian!

  • Lisa Pomerantz Posted September 14, 2018 6:28 pm

    Magical! I love it all! #dreamteam xo

    • Debbie Denyer Posted September 17, 2018 9:34 am

      Thanks Lisa.

  • Annette, 3 Little Buttons Posted September 16, 2018 5:28 pm

    What a fantastic and unusual collection of Roald Dahl ideas. Loving the dream jar, how cute is that! Oh, and that snozcumber slime! Gross and yet also brilliant. Thanks for joining us for the #dreamteam

    • Debbie Denyer Posted September 17, 2018 9:35 am

      Thanks Annette, We had a lot of fun with the snozzcumber slime!

  • Sarah Howe Posted September 18, 2018 6:37 pm

    these are so creative. Love them. I think my daughter would love the gross Snozzcumber as she loves slime and horrible things!! Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest x

  • Crummy Mummy Posted September 18, 2018 7:30 pm

    These are all brilliant ideas – I love your images too #bloggersbest

    • Debbie Denyer Posted September 20, 2018 6:56 pm

      Thank you, I’m so pleased you like them.

  • Malin – Sensational Learning with Penguin Posted September 20, 2018 3:59 pm

    Well, you already know I love the Mr Fox mask! The cucumber slime looks fab too, I think Penguin will love that. And those playdoughs… beautiful xx #KidsandKreativity

    • Debbie Denyer Posted September 20, 2018 6:57 pm

      Thank you Malin, I hope you enjoy trying some of the ideas. I’d love to see your photos if you do. x

  • Kerry Posted September 23, 2018 11:19 am

    Some really lovely ideas here, I hadn’t heard of Roald Dahl day before, but i’ve pinned it for next year. Thanks for linking up to #KidsandKreativity, I hope you come back next time x

    • Debbie Denyer Posted September 25, 2018 8:58 am

      Thank you Kerry. Roald Dahl’s stories are such a great inspiration for craft and sensory activities.

  • Kerry Posted September 23, 2018 11:21 am

    Soem really lovely ideas here, i’ve pinned it for next year! Thanks for linking up to #KidsandKreativity, chope you come next week x

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