“The matter with human beans,” the BFG went on, “is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.”
― Roald Dahl, The BFG
Who else loves Roald Dahl? I will be honest, I didn’t really enjoy him as a child. I can’t really remember any of the books from my childhood but my children, all 4 of them have grown up with Mr Dahl and his collection of stories.
The older two had the stories read to them and as Cameron got older, he read them all as well. Some of them a few times. We have a box set of all the classics and I think, so far, David has read them all at least twice, some of the favourites up to 4 times.
We were lucky enough to watch a BFG play a few years ago and the kids sat riveted. It was such a magical experience. He is without a doubt one of our favourite authors, second only to Julia Donaldson.
So obviously we had to celebrate Roald Dahl Day! Imagine making such an impact on the literary world that you have a day dedicated to you that is celebrated across the world.
The 13 September is Roald Dahl’s birthday and the day we celebrate Roald Dahl Day. This year he would have been 102 years old but he did in 1990 at the age of 72.
We all have different Roald Dahl favourite’s. I love Matilda, Jack went through a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory phase and Cameron enjoyed the Twits a lot. Emma bounces around but the BFG is a without a doubt a family favourite.
“It’s all a bit beyond me,” Sophie said.
“Dreams is full of mystery and magic,” the BFG said. “Do not try to understand them.” BFG, Roald Dahl
Dreams and sleep are such a large part of the BFG. Sophie spots the BFG when she should be sleeping. Sleep separates the human and giant world. The BFG’s power is to catch dreams and give them to other people.
It made sense that we would make a dream related craft for Roald Dahl Day!
We made these fun, bright and happy dream catchers.
A while ago I made some coloured pasta for our sensory trays. I think I probably loved it more than the kids because it was so bright. We used some of the macaroni in the dream catchers. You don’t have to use macaroni if you do, it doesn’t even have to be coloured.
BFG Inspired Dream Catchers
- A punch
- A pair of scissors
- Paper plates
- Beads of assorted sizes and colour
- Watercolour paint OR crayons OR coloured pencils
- Assorted stickers
- Liquid glue
- Coloured macaroni
- Cut out the centre of the paper plate. Get the kids to decorate the border using the paint, crayons or coloured pencils, glitter and stickers
- If your children decided to paint, wait for it to dry before the next step.
- Punch holes all around the border of the paper plate on the inside. Don't stress too much about trying to get the holes spaced evenly, especially if you are using a normal punch and not a craft, single hole one.
- Punch about 6 holes next to one another along the outer border of the paper plate as well.
- Thread wool through holes opposite each other to create a unique pattern. If you want to you can use more than one colour wool as well. Tie the wool ends off at the back of the paper plate.
- Thread wool through the six pieces along the bottom as well. They don't all have to be the same length.
- Once the wool is attached, make patterns on each thread using the beads, macaroni or any other items you want to use. End each string by tying a feather to it.
- Punch a hole at the top of the dream catcher Tie a piece of string to it to be able to hang it up.
“We is in Dream Country,’ the BFG said. ‘This is where all dreams is beginning.”
― Roald Dahl, The BFG