The BFG Activities & Projects

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

The BFG is a whimsical and interesting chapter book that engages children on multiple levels. This lesson gives you some ideas for activities to do when reading the BFG with children.

The BFG, by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's novel the BFG tells the story of a little girl named Sophie who goes on adventures with the big, friendly giant. The BFG lives in Giant Country among meaner, scarier giants who eat children around the world. Sophie and the BFG concoct a plan to stop the other giants by enlisting help from none other than the Queen of England. Over the course of the novel, readers get to see the BFG's friendship with Sophie develop as the two of them learn each other's habits and quirks. The story is entertaining, but it is also serious, addressing themes of friendships, fairness and dreams.

This lesson offers activities that you can do with your students to deepen their understanding of and engagement with Dahl's work.

Pre-Reading Activities

Before reading The BFG, you can do these activities to activate prior knowledge and motivate your students to read.

Who Makes Dreams?

In the story, the BFG's job is to blow good dreams into the minds of children as they sleep. Get your students thinking about where dreams come from. Ask them to concoct their own theories about what dreams are and where they come from, and write comic strips illustrating their theories. Later, they can compare their ideas with Dahl's, and even do research into dream psychology for other theories.

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