We all remember Roald Dahl as the author of amazingly funny books whilst growing up. They have survived the test of time and are still very much loved now too. We had the joy of introducing the girls aged 3 & 5 to one of his books this week. I always thought they would be too young to appreciate it as they are not full of colour short stories they are used too, instead a real chapter book. HOW WRONG WAS I? They loved it. Both sat either side of me chuckling away page after page of The Twits.
They listened intensely and didn't want me to stop after a few chapters. We had already read more then I said we were going to before bed. The chapters are only two to four pages long so its easily picked up and put down again. We are still working our way through it and will probably take the full week of 5 chapters before bed. It brings their imagination alive while they sit there and imagine the funny scenes. Their favourite so far is the frog scene, where Mr Twit puts a frog in Mrs Twits bed.
Now there is a purpose for us reading a Roald Dahl book this week. Today is actually Roald Dahl's birthday, and today Sunday 13th September we shall be bringing one of his characters to life.
The girls re-read the dirty beard short chapter and brought his beard to life. It was so descriptive they didn't hesitate at what they needed to do. They chose to bring him alive with felt. We could have easily done it with cotton wool, or card, or even bread.
They got to work cutting...
...and sticking, choosing not to stick it with glue as if it was real food stuck in the beard it would move around too....
So... what do you think of their Mr Twits inspired beards? They both remembered that he had a lot of gravy on his dirty beard, along with tomatoes and a sardine...
I am enjoying this new chapter of the girls reading and bed time stories journey. They have suddenly got a lot more entertaining!
If you would like to get involved with Roald Dahl day too you can get download a get crafty kit here for free.
Please do share your beardy creations using the hashtag #RoaldDahlDay and don't forget to tag @Roald_Dahl in as well.
ALSO.... don't miss on Friday 25th September at 2-2.30pm the live Roald Dahl show at www.puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk aimed at schools taking part in the Roald Dahl day. It sounds very interesting!
Which is your favourite Roald Dahl book?
*We were sent The Twits for the purpose of this post, all craft items are our own along with our words, photos and opinions.