You gotta love a writer whose imagination is almost as big as your kidlet’s. Whether your little bookworm dreams of chocolate river rowboat rides, masterfully disguised witches or giant peaches that crash into the Empire State Building, we’ve got a cute Roald Dahl craft to match. Scroll down to celebrate the guy’s entire catalogue with a simple project that’s as fanciful as this masterful storyteller… and your mini me!

James and Giant peach projectphoto: Allison Sutcliffe

1. Put Together James’ Giant Peach

Because we’re guessing you don’t have a prize-winning peach growing in your summer garden, you can make James’ famous flying fruit with some tissue paper, glue and a paper plate. Our inspiration for this peachy-keen project came from the Activity Village, and it’s just the right size for busy half-pint hands. Simply have mom or dad cut (or tear) colored tissue paper into glueable pieces. Then have your little artist stick them onto the glue-smeared plate. Layering is key to making this into a peach James and his merry band of bugs would take to make their great escape.

pipe cleaner kid crafting photo: Brave Heart via flickr 

2. Craft Chocolate Factory-Worthy Candy 

We’re a little in love with these pipe-cleaner lollipops, and not just because they finally give you a way to use all those pipe cleaners your kidlet convinced you to buy at the craft store. But their low-key craft-ability means you can make a whole garden’s worth of these delightful creations, just like Charlie would find in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory. Get the deets for this project born of pure imagination from Make and Takes.

Mouse craft Roald Dahlphoto: Iheartcraftythings 

3. “Squeak” By the Witches

Fans of this story know real witches are super hard to spot. So a hero-related craft is the way to go for this “tail.” Capture the spirit of the brave boy-turned-mouse, who saved the world’s children from a similar fate with this adorbs craft designed by Rachel at I Heart Crafty Things. We’re pretty sure it’s the cutest use of cupcake liners we’ve ever seen. Great things come in this easily cut-and-pasted small package.

Origami Foxphoto: Allison Sutcliffe 

4. Fold a Fantastic Mr. Fox

Your sidekick’s nimble fingers will make quick work of this fantastic origami project that’s perfect for preschoolers. And the supplies couldn’t be any simpler. Just use an orange origami square and some spatial relational skills to find the fox’s face in the folds. Then embellish it with a magic marker, adding eyes, a nose and whatever else your mini me thinks he needs to bring this literary character to life. If your kiddo needs a craftier challenge, this wily critter should do the trick. There’s no way Boggis, Bunce and Bean will outsmart your folded friend!

The BFG by Roald Dahl book cover photo: Global Panorama via flickr

5. Hear It All with The BFG’s Ears

Make your kiddo’s ears big enough to hear all the dreams the Big Friendly Giant blows in through her window at night with this whimsical craft. Your little dreamer can cut, paint and then glue paper plates and string to a headband before slipping into character. All the better to hear you with, my dear!

Mr. Twits Beard patchwork life website

photo: Patchwork Parents

6. Build a Beard from The Twits

Oh, Mr. Twit what’s in your beard? Read through the story with your tiny crafter to figure out just what bits and pieces go into this disgusting disguise. But if you need some hints (hint: the “slimy tail of a tinned sardine” is involved), and instructions for assembling this mess-terpiece, Tracey at Patchwork Parent has the low down on beard construction basics.
Do you plan to try one of these Dahl-inspired crafts? Tell us how it goes in a comment!

 —Allison Sutcliffe