Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Roald Dahl Day Activity Ideas

Celebrating Roald Dahl day is always something I look forward to after the school holidays. Here are some of our ideas from last year, why not give them a try?! If you'd like more information about Roald Dahl day (13th September) and the celebrations going on for the BFG's 50th birthday, check out the website here.

  • Wonka's Jazzles are still available in the shops today but I remember them being around even in the 80’s. Were they around before that? Making your own can be extremely quick and fun for children and here’s how.

What you need:
Chocolate of your choice
Sprinkles (optional)
Dried nuts or fruit (optional)
Colouring paste or powders (optional)
Cling film

Step 1: Place a plate covered in cling film in the fridge for 30 minutes before starting the activity.
Step 2: break up your chocolate and stick it in a microwavable safe bowl.
Step 3: place it in the microwave and heat till it is melted through. Stir in between to stop burning and uneven melting.
Step 4: use a spoon to pour small amount onto the cling film. They can be any size or shape.
Step 5: sprinkle on your fruit, nuts or sprinkles.

(Optional: add your food colouring to the chocolate once melted)

  • Children love to help bake with their parents. It can be a great way to introduce new foods which they might not normally try out. You can use this opportunity to discuss with them measuring out the ingredients, counting on the scales, the texture of the crumble mixture and safety in the kitchen.

What you need:
Sliced peaches tinned or fresh
150g of brown sugar
115g of cold butter
50g of flour


Step 1: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees
Step 2: Sprinkle the peaches out on the bottom of a baking dish.
Step 3: In a separate bowl mixtures the sugar, butter and flour.
Step 4: Rub the mixture together in between your fingers to make crumbs
Step 5: sprinkle the mixture over your peaches.
Step 6: Place the crumble in the oven for 30 minutes or until it is golden brown on the top.

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hamburger_helper/

  • Cuddle up and read a great Roald Dahl classic, our favourite is Georges Marvellous Medicine. I love to watch the children's expressions while we read. G is always laughing, smiling or in shock. 

  • Use colourful playdough to come up with exciting new Wonka sweets or try our chocolate play dough recipe. 
  • Go on a James and the giant peach mini beast hunt. 


  1. I love Roald Dahl how did I not know there was a day? The peach crumble looks so yummy!

  2. There's no going back once you've discovered it :0)

  3. We just finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory last week! We made Eatable Pillows and Waterfall Chocolate Milk (http://lifewithmoorebabies.blogspot.com/2012/09/eatable-pillows-and-waterfall-chocolate.html). Can't wait to read more of his books with my kids!

  4. They really are the best aren't they. We brought the collection on line for £20!:0)Look forward to checking out your ideas


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