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.
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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.
His 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.
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 kids books
- Watch a movie
- Complete an activity pack
- Enjoy spending time with FREE printables and coloring in sheets
- Do a Roald Dahl themed puzzle
- 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)
I have come across so many FREE lesson plans I have only included my top 20!!
- Roald Dahl word search
- Roald Dahl: How to insult like Miss Trunchbull
- For some writing fun, check out our Roald Dahl words within words free printable.
- Roald Dahl: Odd word out
- Make a marvellous magic potion
- Roald Dahl: Propsposterous plants
- Roald Dahl: Find awesome antonyms
- Matilda Lesson Plans
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Lesson Plans
- The BFG Lesson Plan
- The Witches – Summary & Characters
- Create Your Own Crafty Characters
- Boy Lesson Plan
- Resource pack to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- I’ve got a golden ticket writing worksheets
- Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Make your own candy bar
- Character Description Interactive Writing Template to Support Teaching on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Roald Dahl Reading Comprehension
- Remarkable Regenerating Veg
Fun Roald Dahl Activities (FREE)
- 16 FREE Roald Dahl coloring pages
- Roald Dahl bookmarks to print out and color in for free.
- Print out your own golden ticket
- Gazumping Galloping Giants Maze
- Sneaky Secret Message Coloring In
- Witches Word Search
- Witches Mad Libs
- The Inventing Room Activity
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Wordsearch
- Draw your favourite book cover
- How to make your own BFG Dream Jar
- Colour in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Door Hanger
- Roald Dahl Party Pack
Roald Dahl Day Costume Ideas
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’s Even More Revolting Recipes
- Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight
- Roald Dahl Revolting Recipes Cookbook
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 Book Order
- 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
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:
- Roald Dahl Book Box Set
- Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary: From aardvark to zozimus, a real dictionary of everyday and extra-usual words
- Roald Dahl Coffee Mug – Famous Characters and Quotes
- Matilda 500 piece puzzle
- Roald Dahl’s Even More Revolting Recipes
- Who Was Roald Dahl Book
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 4 June 2022 by homeschoolof1