There’s a scene toward the end of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory that sums up why it’s such a beloved movie. “But Charlie,” Mr Wonka says. “Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted.”
“What happened?” Charlie Bucket asks.
“He lived happily ever after,” Mr Wonka replied.
This sums up why the film’s still a classic over thirty years later. It’s no different for the original book. As such, it won’t take a lot to work out what our theme for the week is…!
Things begin with a session worthy of Mr Wonka’s experiments; the children are giving their taste-buds a workout by deciding if a mystery flavour is sweet, salty, sour and more. They’ll then design candy and packaging to go with it on Tuesday, followed by a hunt for that elusive Golden Ticket. Thursday sees us out with charades inspired by the magical Wonka-Vision.
And one last thing – don’t forget Oompa Loompa singing and dancing this Wednesday!
How about starting your week with some lovely cabbage soup? No? Not to worry, we’re only pulling your leg. Our (much tastier) snack is inspired by the meal Charlie Bucket and his family had to slog through every day in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Can you guess what our theme is yet?
Because we’ll be taking a trip to Wonka’s bonkers world, Enrichments have a suitably sweet tooth. Monday gets us going with the chance to design our own Wonka bar, while Tuesday lets children make a Golden Ticket before hiding it for their friends to find. We’ll then test their taste-buds by deciding if a mystery flavour is sweet, salty or sour.
Up next is my personal favourite – designing a chocolate room, just like the ones you’d see in the factory.
What would you do if you were carried off by a giant? Which hopes and dreams would you want to keep if they could be caught in a bottle? We’ve got Roald Dahl’s The BFG on the brain, so these are the sort of questions that have inspired our Enrichments this week!
We begin by making dream catchers of our own. Did you know that they originated in North America with the Ojibwe people? This is followed by sports a giant might enjoy playing, but you’ll have to wait and see exactly what those are! Afterward, Wednesday sees us putting together special bottles that’ll hold our wishes – just like the big friendly giant has at home. Last but not least is a chance to use our imaginations by freeze-framing or acting out scenes from the film. “Don’t gobblefunk around with words” indeed!