Youngsters were given the chance to experience what life is like for some of their literary heroes during a celebration of Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. Children at the Bright Kids Nursery in Crabbs Cross enjoyed making potions, just like in George’s Marvellous Medicine. They also tried out different sweets, like Charlie who visited the famous Wonka Chocolate Factory. The children joined in as part of the world-wide celebrations to mark the author’s birthday. Millions of people took part in events themed around the fantastic world that Dahl created through his popular books such as the BFG, Matilda and The Witches.
Anita Shepherd, manager of the nursery, said: “Our Roald Dahl Day went really well, and everyone enjoyed themselves. We had some great feedback from parents who said what a fun, and interesting event it was. One of the highlights of the day was the potions table, which was based on two of the Roald Dahl books – the BFG and George’s Marvellous Medicine. On the table were potions bottles and a range of substances so that children and parents could make their own mixture of potions. It got very smelly at times – but everyone enjoyed it.”
Anita said the children did well with their dressing up, coming along as characters from the books, so they had a few Charlies, James’ and Georges. The staff also took part and dressed up as witches and Oompa Loompas. She said: “The children also enjoyed some chocolate-themed games and sampled unusual sweets such as ones with popping candy in. Pyjama Drama came in as well and they made crocodiles, similar to Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile, by doing junk modelling. They also did some peach printing, based on James and the Giant Peach book, and also read the Roald Dahl books to the children.”