If you are just discovering our hands-on BFG activities, you might want to go back and read why I started this book study (along with the activities for Chapters 1 & 2), or just pick up on the fun with this post. There really is no wrong way to do our book study.
The most important thing is to have fun and let the world of Roald Dahl captivate your kids, just like he has captivated the whole generation before them.
Hands-on BFG Activities for chapters 3-6:
Chapter 3: The Snatch
(Materials – kids & the great outdoors.)
- The BFG can run FAST! Have a race to see if you can run as fast as the BFG.
(I love getting my kids outside AND helping them make connections between our books and the real world. I’ve heard my kids playing independently and having BFG races. They will never forget that the BFG runs fast now!)
Chapter 4: The Cave Sculpture (kids can sculpt while you read aloud)
(Materials – play-dough & toothpick.)
- Create the BFG’s mountain home with play-dough. Carve a cave with the toothpick and roll a stone out of a smaller piece of dough for the BFG’s front door.
I let them sculpt while we read and they each came up with something different…
Eli grabbed a small glass jar to mold his mountain. Sometimes I think my older kids won’t be into the activities… but they just find ways to be more clever in the execution.
And I like it!
Long after reading The BFG, Cyrus can be found creating the BFG’s Mountain and cave with his kinetic sand! Hands-on BFG activities help my kids retain their knowledge of the book.
Chapter 5-6: The BFG and The Giants Activity
(Materials – geography copy work printable with compass rose, globe or map.)
- Show children places on the globe or map. (You might want to stop here with smaller children.)
- Print the geography copy work activity. (This is great to turn into charter schools for geography. Learning about the compass rose, and directions are all part of common core! )
- Have children trace the places.
- Color and fill in the compass rose. (Older children can draw their own compass rose with this printable.)
- Draw a picture in the blank space of a globe or map.
Who knew Wellington was in New Zealand or Labrador was part of Canada?
Till we did this activity.
(Side Note: I was so confused by the earth Cora Jane drew. I asked her about it and she said it was Africa. What!?!? We’ve been studying Africa all year long… this looks nothing like Africa! I’m an ashamed homeschool mom!! Then she said she accidentally had the paper upside-down and drew it that way! Hahahahaha! If you turn it upside-down it’s pretty spot on… Madagascar and all! Whew, I didn’t fail at homeschool!)