Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Games & Activities

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

''Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'' is a fun read for students. The book encourages the use of imagination while teaching an important lesson about behaving appropriately. These activities and games will enhance students' comprehension of the story and its events.

Chocolate & Marshmallow Discussion Activity

Students will enjoy a chocolate marshmallow treat while discussing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory discussion questions.

MATERIALS:

  • Chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Microwave
  • Bowl

INSTRUCTIONS:

Ask each student to bring a chocolate candy bar with no peanuts, as some students may have peanut allergies. The next day, use the teacher lounge microwave to melt the chocolate in a bowl and take to the classroom. Formulate groups of three to five students. Distribute Charlie and the Chocolate Factory discussion questions that you either create yourself or get from another creditable source and allow students to dip marshmallows in the chocolate while constructing answers to the questions.

Chocolate Factory Tour Activity

The tour is one of the most important settings in the book. Students will use their imagination to create memorable scenes of the tour.

MATERIALS:

  • 8½ x 11 paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Stapler

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pass out a piece of paper to each student. Have them place the 8½ side of the sheet of paper at the top of their desk and fold downward. Then, have them take the right side of the paper and fold to the left. Next, have them staple the booklet at the top left and cut through the fold lines at the top. After the booklet is complete, ask each student to be creative and draw scenes from the tour on each side of the paper. Lastly, allow them to present their perspective of the tour.

Willy Wonka Game

Charlie was surprised when he was given the Chocolate Factory. Students will be surprised too when they find out who wins the game in this activity of recalling quotes and scenes.

MATERIALS:

  • Index cards
  • Box or bowl

INSTRUCTIONS:

Type different quotes from the tour on an index card up to when Willy Wonka offers the Chocolate Factory to Charlie - be sure to place this card last, or at the very bottom of the box. Put students into groups of three or four. Then, tell students the one who picks the card where Willy Wonka chooses Charlie to run the factory will win a candy bar. Taking turns by group, have a student pick a card and read it aloud, and then require the group to guess in what part of the Chocolate Factory the quote was spoken. Secretly keep track of the group who correctly choose the scenes. Give the candy bar to the student who picks the card to run the factory, and give small chocolate candies to the group who accurately guessed where the quotes were spoken.

Where Is the Factory Located?

While the actual location of the Chocolate Factory is somewhat ambiguous, this activity will allow students to research and put their creative spin on the geographical location of the factory.

MATERIALS:

  • Computer
  • Presentation software
  • Projector

INSTRUCTIONS:

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