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Ten Charlie and the Chocolate Factory activities for younger children - Adele Jarrett-Kerr
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Ten Charlie and the Chocolate Factory activities for younger children


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We’ve just finished a happy romp through the wonderfully bizarre world of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Having realised from page one that this chapter book was going to be a hit, I gathered a few ideas for activities we could try alongside it. For my four-year-old, it was delightful to dig deeper into the experience of the story. For my 21-month-old, it meant she didn’t keep trying to pull the book out of my hand or take me some place else.

Make a family tree
The book opens by orderly naming the people in Charlie Bucket’s family. I’d been wanting to do a family tree for a while so we took the opportunity to print out photos, cut and stick them and draw lines to show relationships. I helped Talitha with ours but she went on later on to draw Charlie Bucket’s family tree on her own.

Sweetie Swoop game
We’ve been having fun with the whole sweetie theme by playing a board game called Sweetie Swoop which Talitha got for her birthday this year. It nicely accompanies chapter 11 where he goes into the sweet shop. It’s such fun. In general board games and card games are a brilliantly easy way to develop maths skills while doing something together that we both enjoy.

Drink hot chocolate
When you finally make it inside the chocolate factory, meeting the chocolate river calls for a drink. Preferably one offered in a cup by Mr Willy Wonka and not risking falling in!

Make playdough sweets
Most of the time we read, we got out the playdough. Talitha made playdough sweets and both girls generally had fun squishing and making while listening to the story.

The Inventing Room
This was an idea I came across on The Imagination Tree when looking for birthday party ideas. I put together an “inventing room” the night before which was the source of much excitement and creativity. I wish I’d taken more pictures because she got the stapler out and put together some 3D sweets later in the day.

Make real sweets
Of course, who can read about all these amazing sweets and not want to munch something sweet. Better yet, make some! We tied this in with learning about Diwali by making coconut barfi. They were too sweet for the girls, though, so I wonder if we should have gone for biscuits in sweetie shapes instead.

Play with fizz
All the experimentation you observe in the Mr Willy Wonka’s factory certainly tickles the imagination. The science fiction elements of this book are the bits that shine brightest. Talitha was quite taken with the fizzy lifting drinks that make you float upwards unless you burp to come down again. Inspired by this fizzy fun experiment, we got the muffin tin out and had a messy go (should have put a tray underneath as suggested in that post, mind!).

Here are few more ideas I came across but we didn’t get around to:

Make lickable wallpaper
Pipe cleaner lollipop craft
Chocolate play dough recipe


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    Jess @ Along Came Cherry says:

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    This post is great! Love the all the ideas and how you took the inspiration from the book! I bought Cherry a few Roald Dahl books for her birthday, I must start reading them to her! x
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    Oh I love these ideas! Charlie has always been a firm favourite here! We’ve built our family tree as the chidlren grew and it’s been a fabulous thing to do with them, inpsiring a curiosity about family links and origins as well as sparking their interest in history – so far three out of four have gone on to study it at GCSE and then A Level!
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    So creative! Bet that playing time at home would be amazing with this. Thanks for sharing


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    Such great ideas – we just started homeschooling so I’m all about the fun projects around classic literature. Thanks for being part of the campaign!

  • Charlie is a classic and has been loved by many for 3 generations in my household. Anything with glitter and goo is by far the most popular with our kids.
    The Million Eyez project is such a great idea.


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    All activities for little kids. Utilize all science elements for every task.This is perfect chocolate factory medium.

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