Friday, June 5, 2009

Chocolate and Books!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of my childhood favorite films! My eldest recently checked the book by Roald Dahl out from the library. Only 7 years old and a little over a 1st grade reading level,Sunshine is unable to read it independently. It is about a 5th grade reading level. Therefore, it has now become our nighttime read-aloud.

Well, it has been such a joy reading a couple chapters each evening before bed. They beg me to read more and to peek ahead.

"Who gets the next golden ticket, Mommy?"

"Please read one more chapter!

Okay, I have lots and lots of fun activities to share that relate to this story.(appropriate for Pre-K with assistance and up)

Activity #1: Invent a new candy bar
Invent a new candy bar for Mr. Wonka. Create an advertisement or write a letter to Mr. Wonka persuading him to market your new candy bar. Create a wrapper for your new bar. (Wrap it around a Hershey bar for fun!)

Activity #2: Create Chocolate Balls
Here's a recipe that you can use to make about 5 dozen chocolate balls! YUM!


3 cups of semi-sweet or white chocolate chips or white chocolate chips
1 can (300ml) of sweetened condensed milk
finely chopped nuts
cocoa powder


Melt chocolate chips and remove from heat.

Next, stir in the milk.

Chill 3 hours or until firm.

Shape into 1 - inch balls.
Place on wax paper-lined trays and chill until firm.
Roll in nuts, cocoa, or dip into melted chocolate chips of a different color.
Have fun eating your homemade chocolate balls with your kiddos!
Resource: Can Teach

Activity #3: The Chocolate Room
Read over chapt. 15 and discuss the chocolate room.
Ask your kids if they can think of any of the other rooms in the factory.

Now ask the children to make up a new room for the chocolate factory, making sure that they are as descriptive as possible.

Resource: Teaching Ideas
Extension- have your child illustrate and color or paint a picture of their new room and have them share their creation with the family. Another idea is to use a box and have your child create a model of their room.

Ideas for Intermediate kids: Teacher Vision

And last but not least, I found this really neat game that I'd like to purchase for my girls.

Time to go and eat some chocolate!



Preschool Playbook said...

You're killing me! I have been craving something chocolately all day! My husband comes home and says he's not too hungry 'cause he had some cookies and a piece of cake at work. Me? My cupboards are bare! He promised to stop and get me a candy bar after we went to the gym. Since we were both exhausted we forgot--well I remember now. Great post!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Just read your feature on The Blonde Duck's site and thought I would stop by to say hello. Wonderful interview. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your approach to incorporating creativity and reading into your children's lives. Such a treat to come across someone with such a passion for what they do.

This post was also no exception! Another great read.


Mrs. M said...

Good book, game looks fun and anything involving candy is right up my alley!! Enjoyed reading your interview at the Blonde Duck this morning!!

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