We finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a few months ago, and it is still being talked about in our home. Over the past couple of months, I've come across some fun ways to include the book in our activities sessions, and had to revisit the book.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl
Anna over at The Imagination Tree shares a fun Willy Wonka activity found here. She has some REALLY fun uses for play dough on her blog, and really goes all out. We used her chocolate play dough recipe, along with some of the names of treats from the book to jump start our own little creativity session.
|I had to add a square candy that looks round. :)|
THEN I ran across these cookbooks. Score! They are written by Roald and Felicity Dahl, and are illustrated by Quentin Blake. All of the recipes are inspired by foods mentioned in his books, and are hilarious to read. I wish I could share one of the recipes without breaking copyright laws! They are full of creativity and fun.
In Roald Dahl's Even More Revolting Recipes, there is a recipe for "Wonka's Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight", a toffee and marshmallow ice cream topping.
In the book, there is a nut room full of squirrels testing walnuts to see if they are bad or good. It is here that the squirrels test Veruca Salt to see if she is a good nut or not. We used peanuts instead of walnuts for a little math and science lab.
First, we estimated how many peanuts we had.
Then we counted, and counted by tens.
Last, but not least, we sorted. And analyzed. And ate.
As a young school boy, Roald and his friends were busted for putting a mouse in the local candy shop's jar of gobstoppers (information found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roald_dahl).