This activity is inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and challenges your child to invent their own delicious treat!
Talk to your child about where they think is the most magical space in your home. Is there a room under the stairs, an entrance to the loft, a space behind the sofa, or maybe even the garden shed?
When you’ve thought of your special place, take your child there with some pens and paper and ask them to imagine that the secret room has transformed into a new section of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, where they will invent a magical sweet or chocolate treat good enough for Charlie Bucket himself.
Once they have thought of their scrumptious treat, it’s time for them to design an advert to persuade other children to buy it.
Encourage your child to think about the following things:
- What is their sweet called?
- What does it look like?
- Are there any mystery ingredients?
- How is it made?
- What does it taste like?
- Most importantly, what happens when you eat it?
- They can use pictures as well as words and can be as creative as they like!
As well as creating an advert, your child could also write an introduction about how they first discovered their tasty invention. They could include a description of the secret room transforming into Willy Wonka’s factory to show how an ordinary day turned into something extraordinary.
- If your child has never read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you can listen to the first chapter for free together on the Roald Dahl app or on SoundCloud.
- Watch this short clip about the features of an advert, and this video about how advertising has changed over time.
For more Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fun, try this brilliant activity pack.