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9 Ways to Celebrate Roald Dahl Day

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Join the worldwide celebrations for Roald Dahl Day on September 13! We have the best teaching resources and Literacy activity ideas to get your party started!

A world without Roald Dahl would be a trogglehumper world without snozzcumbers and hopscotchy frobscottle. 

Snozzcumber Cake

Every celebration needs cake! For the ultimate Roald Dahl Day celebration, make a snozzcumber cake to share!

The snozzcumber is a fictional foodstuff featured prominently in The BFG. The snozzcumber resembles a cucumber but differs in various respects.

Roald Dahl Wiki


To make a snozzcumber cake you will need:

  • 1 large swiss roll
  • frosting
  • green food colouring
  • chocolate drops
  • green jelly

Are you feeling brave? Why not give your students the opportunity to create their own snozzcumber cake in a small group. Don’t miss a learning opportunity…cake making provides the perfect opportunity to explore the procedure text type.

Build a Writer’s Hut

Roald Dahl Day is a day to celebrate the world’s number one storyteller. Roald Dahl wrote many of his stories in a cosy hut at the bottom of his garden. So, why not create your own writer’s hut in your classroom to inspire your students to write. Your classroom writer’s hut can be used to nurture a love of storytelling all year round.

Use our Autumn Leaves resource pack for a bottom a garden feel!

I used our Autumn Leave Classroom Theme Pack to decorate my writer’s hut.

Arrange your class into small groups and invite them to spend some time in the writer’s hut on Roald Dahl Day. Provide each student with a writer’s hut notebook and free writing time.

Encourage your students to write stories on Roald Dahl Day!

Jumpstart your class story ideas by setting up a story ideas box. These story ideas can be used as a bank of story starters to share. Alternatively, you could choose one each week as a stimulus for a shared writing experience.

Post story ideas on Roald Dahl Day.

Create a Gobblefunk Word Search

Apparently, Roald Dahl invented over 250 new words! There’s even an official Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary to help you tell your snozzcumbers from your snozzberries.

Create your own word search on Roald Dahl Day!

Roald Dahl used nonsense words to keep his readers engaged! So, for a super easy and fun Roald Dahl Day activity create your own word search by using our Word Search Widget.

For more awesome ways to use our Word Search Widget read my blog 25 Ways to Use Our Word Search Widget.

My Nonsense Word Mini- Book

Mini-books are always a hit. So, with Roald Dahl Day in mind, we have created a My Nonsense Word Mini Book – Template. It sure is a lot of fun making words up!

So, what are the simple shapes for? The shapes on each page of the mini-book may encourage students to think about using soft vowel sounds or spikey consonant sounds. 

In the context of Roald Dahl Day, exploring nonsense words is heaps of fun.

It’s important to note that this activity is unlikely to suitable for dyslexic students.

Create a Character Flip Book

Roald Dahl Day provides the perfect opportunity to explore characterisation. Our Character Profile Flip Book – Lower Primary and Character Profile Flip Book – Upper Primary are perfect for exploring Roald Dahl characters.
Explore fictional characters on Roald Dahl Day with Flip Books!For Upper Year students, read and share a Roald Dahl book of your choice. As a class, choose a character from the book and discuss:

  • character traits
  • personality
  • relationships
  • character quotes
  • interesting facts about the character.

Sequencing Activity – Roald Dahl (Informative Text)

Roald Dahl Day is a great time to develop knowledge and understanding of informative texts. Use our Sequencing Activity – Roald Dahl (Informative Text) to teach students about the structure of an informative text while learning all about Roald Dahl.

Learn about text structure on Roald Dahl Day!

Students cut out sentences and glue the text in the scaffold table provided.

Roald Dahl Author Study

Did you know that Roald Dahl was not only an author but also during his life a spy, a fighter pilot, a chocolate historian and a medical inventor?

We created this teaching resource especially for Roald Dahl Day!

Use this teaching resource on Roald Dahl Day or at any time throughout the year to research the amazing author, Roald Dahl.

Comprehension – Roald Dahl

Looking for a Roald Dahl Day activity that ticks a few curriculum boxes? Our Comprehension – Roald Dahl activity will do the job.

This comprehension task is suitable for Year 3 or 4 and even includes suggested answers.

Virtual Studio Tour

Roald Dahl Day provides the perfect opportunity to explore the power of illustrations and famous illustrators.

Don’t forget to visit The Official Website of Sir Quentin Blake to find out how Quentin creates the illustrations Roald Dahl stories. You can even go on a virtual ‘Studio Tour‘.  Finally, don’t miss the Fun & Free colouring in pages.

Check out our Art learning area for an extensive collection of teaching resources to use when teaching The Arts. Most importantly head to our Teach Starter YouTube channel and make the most of our FREE How to Draw videos for kids.

The Magical Stories of Roald Dahl

The most important thing to do on Roald Dahl Day is to read Roald Dahl stories.

So, dive into the wonderful world of giants, witches, giant chocolate cakes and giant peaches!

For more brilliant ways to join in on the fun, head to the official Roald Dahl Day website.

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