36 Roald Dahl Day Activities & Free Lesson Plans

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September 13th is just around the corner and I can’t wait to share with you some splendiferous Roald Dahl Day activities for you to enjoy in your homeschool.

Roald Dahl got his own “Day” in 2006 and it is celebrated every year on his birthday, September 13th.

If you enjoy doing educational holiday activities throughout the year see what else we celebrate.

Roald Dahl Day Activities

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Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day is celebrated on September 13th around the world. I have added over 36 Roald Dahl activities for you to do either in school, in homeschool, or just for fun.

He was such an inspirational and creative author, and he wrote so much! I wonder how many of the facts below you didn’t know!

Roald Dahl Fun Facts

He was born 13th September 1916 in Llandaff, Wales, United Kingdom.

Born to Norwegian parents.

He was named after Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole.

Roald spent most of his early years in a boarding school in Weston Super Mare, England.

He travelled to Canada and East Africa while he was working for an oil company.

Enlisted in the Royal Air Force when he was 23 at the outbreak of World War II.

Roald also became a spy for MI6.

He married Patricia Neal, an American actress, and had 5 kids together. They divorced 30 years later.

His granddaughter Sophie Dahl was the inspiration for Sophie in the BFG (and was a former supermodel!)

His second wife was Felicity “Liccy” Crosland.

Roald Dahl’s first book was the Gremlins in 1943.

In 1961 James and the Giant Peach was published in America.

He wrote two major screenplays, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and James Bond You Only Live Twice.

Most of his books were written from his garden shed!

He wrote 49 books, only 21 of which were aimed at children. (check out our favorite Roald Dahl books that every child should read.)

He invented over 500 new words (Oompa-Loompas, scrumdiddlyumptious, snozzcumbers, and frobscottle)

Roald Dahl died on 23 November 1990, aged 74.

Roald Dahl Activities

  • Read one of his many books
  • Watch a movie
  • Complete an activity pack
  • Enjoy spending time with FREE printables and Roald Dahl coloring pages
  • Do a Roald Dahl themed puzzle (If you are looking for a fun game to play inspired by the great Roald Dahl you are going to love our free Roald Dahl Memory Game.)
  • Roald Dahl themed baking
  • Dress Up with No Sew Costume Ideas!
  • If local go and visit the Roald Dahl museum

Keep scrolling down for links to all of the fun Roald Dahl Day activities, most of these are completely FREE.

Roald Dahl Lesson Plans (FREE)

The Big Friendly Giant
Illustration based on the book The Big Friendly Giant (BFG) by Roald Dahl

I have come across so many FREE lesson plans I have only included my top 20!!

Lesson plans for Roald Dahl Day and educational activities

Fun Roald Dahl Activities (FREE)

Roald Dahl Day Costume Ideas

boy dressed as Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

If you are looking for an easy and quick Roald Dahl costume, check out this post with no-sew options!!

If you are not particularly creative (like me!) check out these costumes.

Roald Dahl Book Club

Why not join a Roald Dahl book club on Outschool (if you have not tried Outschool yet, they have live classes on pretty much every subject, check out our Outschool review.). They have lots of different classes on Roald Dahl, and we just love them.


Roald Dahl Themed Baking

Roald Dahl Virtual Museum

If you are in the UK you can have a fun day at the museum, which is located in Great Missenden, England. Unfortunately, you can’t have a virtual tour though, but I have found a few youtube videos.

Roald Dahl Quotes

I mean there are lots of quotes to choose from, but these are our top 10:

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”  Roald Dahl

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” Roald Dahl

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”  Roald Dahl

“Don’t gobblefunk around with words.” Roald Dahl

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” Roald Dahl

“Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.” Roald Dahl

“I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.” Roald Dahl

“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it” Roald Dahl

“I’m right and you’re wrong, I’m big and you’re small, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” Roald Dahl

“Two rights don’t equal a left.” Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl Books

The best Roald Dahl Quotes, Activities, Books
  • 1943 – The Gremlins
  • 1961 – James and the Giant Peach
  • 1964 (US) 1967 (UK) – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • 1966 – The Magic Finger
  • 1970 – Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • 1972 – Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
  • 1975 – Danny, the Champion of the World
  • 1978 – The Enormous Crocodile
  • 1980 – The Twits
  • 1981 – George’s Marvellous Medicine
  • 1982 – The BFG
  • 1982 – Revolting Rhymes (Poetry)
  • 1983 – The Witches
  • 1983 – Dirty Beasts (Poetry)
  • 1985 – The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
  • 1988 – Matilda
  • 1989 – Rhyme Stew (Poetry)
  • 1990 – Esio Trot
  • 1991 – The Vicar of Nibbleswicke (Posthumously)
  • 1991 – The Minpins (Posthumously)
  • 2005 – Roald Dahl’s Incredible Chocolate Box (published posthumously for World Book Day, and including a missing chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate factory).

Get his 16 most popular children books here in this Roald Dahl Books Set

If you are looking for even more reading ideas check out our best 100 books for 9 year old boys and over 40 of the best books for 13 year old boys.

Roald Dahl Gifts

If you want to treat the kids on Roald Dahl Day these are our favorite Roald Dahl inspired gifts that we have found:

What are your plans for Roald Dahl Day this year? Let me know in the comments below.

If you are looking for more homeschool activities check out our post.

Last Updated on 24 January 2023 by homeschoolof1

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