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:
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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?