When my children were born there was one author I couldn’t wait to share books with them – Roald Dahl, his imagination, the characters and the magic that he brings to the stories were some of my favourites growing up. In fact, one character stood out above all the rest and one of my children is named after them!!! September 13th is Roald Dahl Day – it’s his birthday born in 1916 he wrote stories well into the 1990’s sharing his little heroes like Charlie, Matilda, George, Sophie, James and many more with us. One of the things he spoke about often was “Sparky Parents” those that shared a little magic with their children doing small things that created Magical Moments that children could look back on.

Become one of Roald Dahl's Sparky Parents and recreate a little of the magic that he shared with his children with these simple ideas for Little Heroes.

With this in mind, the Roald Dahl Literary Estate has put together a guide for parents with easy ideas to bring a little of the magic to your own children and make those magical memories. We’re going to share 1 of them with you today but check out the complete Little Heroes Pack with ideas so that you can be a Sparky Parent too.

Billy and the Minpins

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Bring a little Roald Dahl Magic to your Child

The last book that Roald Dahl wrote and until 2017 the only one that wasn’t illustrated by Quentin Blake has been featured here on Rainy Day Mum previously – during our Storybook Summer Jen from Kitchen Counter Chronicles share how to create some Minpin Inspired pots for the garden.

Now in 2017, Quentin Blake has illustrated the final Roald Dahl Book – Billy and the Minpins and it is being republished with his new illustrations in September. A note inside from Quentin Blake explains how it was magical for him to illustrate this book as it felt like a brand new book to him. The original is quite small – just 54 pages in this new edition there are more pages, it’s 98 pages long but there are much fewer words on the page as well as larger illustrations.

US Readers I am unsure when the new illustrated version will become available but you can order from Amazon.co.uk and have it shipped to the USA if you are looking for it to complete you Roald Dahl Collection.

Creating a little Roald Dahl Billy and the Minpins magic at home

Pop on over to the Roald Dahl site and their Little Heroes page and download your FREE pack of ideas to create little magical moments and become Sparky Parents for your children. I recreated a little magic with my own and wanted to share it with you as well.

Materials Needed

Door and Note from the Little Heroes Pack

Billy and the Minpins book to read Chapter 6 – We all know the birds

Materials to create a “flying machine”

Dolls House tea set or similar small place settings to create a Thank you gift from the Minpins

How to create a little Roald Magic with Your Kids

  1. A little prep is needed – cut out and colour in the door and note from the Little Heroes pack on the Roald Dahl Site
  2. Stick the door to the skirting board in your house and leave the note by the sideBecome one of Roald Dahl's Sparky Parents and recreate a little of the magic that he shared with his children with these simple ideas for Little Heroes.
  3. Together read the We all know the birds Chapter from Billy and the Minpins
  4. Invite your children to hunt for a door and let them find the note
  5. Have fun together creating a flying machine – check out some of our ideas from our Summer Plane Challenge
  6. Leave the finished “flying machine” by the door and overnight…. you make the magic happen

For parents eyes only – remove the plane and set up a little tea party as a thank you from the Minpins – suggested in the pack was to make some mini pancakes – I set up some chocolate chips (to be a chocolate cake) and a little tea and orange juice as a gift on a doll house set from my daughter.

Become one of Roald Dahl's Sparky Parents and recreate a little of the magic that he shared with his children with these simple ideas for Little Heroes.

If you don’t have Billy and the Minpins to hand then don’t worry inside the Little Heroes pack there features magical moments that you can create based on – The BFG, George’s Marvelous Medicine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda.

Become one of Roald Dahl's Sparky Parents and recreate a little of the magic that he shared with his children with these simple ideas for Little Heroes.

Looking for more Roald Dahl Activities and Inspiration then check out these additional Roald Dahl Activity Ideas from Science Sparks.


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Become one of Roald Dahl's Sparky Parents and recreate a little of the magic that he shared with his children with these simple ideas for Little Heroes.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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