Bookbug Detective: Celebrating Roald Dahl Day with Little Ones

Characters from Roald Dahl books
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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 Rhymesthese 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.
  • 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 - look out for Roald Dahl's 123 and Roald Dahl's Opposites as well as picture book editions of The Enormous Crocodile and The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me.


Hopefully this gives you something to get started with. Good luck and have fun!