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Fun activities for 7–9 year olds

Looking for homemade gifts to make with your child? Try making your own Christmas cards or a swirling, glittery snow globe with our activity ideas for 7–9 year olds.
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How to write a limerick like Matilda

A limerick is a funny poem written with a particular structure. Find out how to write them like Matilda with this activity sheet.
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Book: Roald Dahl Thesaurus

How to insult like Mrs Trunchbull

Mrs Trunchbull likes nothing better than to insult her pupils, and she uses a number of techniques to make insults even more effective…
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Book: Roald Dahl Thesaurus

snow globe

Lucy's Magic Snow Globe is a magical Christmas story about a little girl who wishes on a snow globe. These easy-to-follow instructions will help your child to make their own swirling, glittery snow globe.
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Book: Lucy's Magic Snow Globe

Christmas tree triangle puzzle

How many triangles can your child see in this Christmas-themed maths puzzle? This is a great puzzle for a range of ages.
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make your own Christmas cards

There are so many creative ideas for DIY Christmas cards out there. Here are a couple of very simple ideas using fingerprinting that look good enough to send!
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make your own comic

Get some great comic-making tips and get started on your own comic with this fun activity sheet.
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Book: The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

create your own legendary pet

Kevin is an absolute legend. He’s a flying pony! He can talk! He has OPINIONS ON BISCUITS (custard creams are his favourites)! Have a go at creating your own legendary pet, just like Kevin.
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Book: The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Pug-a-Doodle-Do activities

From colouring in to making your own comic jam, via inventing an evil version of your favourite food, these activities from Pug-a-Doodle-Do will get your creative juices flowing.
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Ideas to pass the time on a long car journey

Do you have a long car journey at Christmas? It's never long until you hear the fateful words ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ To pass the time, why not listen to an audiobook? A Boy Called Christmas , The Girl Who Saved Christmas and Enid Blyton's Christmas Stories are all great choices. Or, you could take it in turns to tell a joke or riddle; try Roald Dahl's Marvellous Joke Book for inspiration.

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Car game: Twenty questions

In this game, someone thinks of something to do with Christmas – it doesn’t need to be anything seen from the car – and everyone else has 20 questions to guess what it is. The questions can only have the answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. For example, ‘Is it a person?’ ‘Is it an object?’ ‘Is it red?’ ‘Do we eat it?’. Can someone guess it in under 20 questions?

Create your own magical animal

If you could meet a magical animal, what special ability would it have? Where would it live, and what would it really dislike? Create a profile for your animal and then draw it with this activity sheet from The Night Zookeeper .
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Write your own adventure story

Work out the beginning, middle and end of your story with this creative writing activity sheet from The Night Zookeeper . What problem does your lead character face, and what will change their world forever?
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Back to front word game

Did you know? The title of Roald Dahl’s story Esio Trot is the word tortoise spelled backwards. This Dahl-themed crossword puzzle is all back-to-front. Write the answers to each of the clues backwards, and find the mystery word.
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Book: Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
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Mystery gobblefunk challenge

Did you know? Roald Dahl invented hundreds of words to use in his stories. In fact, he invented so many that he didn’t use all of them! Make up your own definitions to some of Roald Dahl's invented words with this fun word activity.
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Book: Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
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