This week on storybook summer we’re heading off to the woodland for a week of activities, crafts and fun all around books based in the woods and forests. Today I’m welcoming Jen from Kitchen Counter Chronicles to share a book by one of our favourite authors Roald Dahl and his last book before he died The Minpins [affiliate link] – so to kick off this week I hand over to Jen.

Roald Dahl inspired Minpins painted pots, literacy ideas for older kids

We live in a house filled with Roald Dahl fans. So, when the opportunity came to contribute to the Story Book Summer series, here on Rainy Day Mum, we knew that we wanted to explore a Dahl classic. Over at my blog, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, we are always looking for new ways to get children interested in nature. Roald Dahl’s last children’s book, The Minpins [affiliate link] is a fantastic woodland adventure that captivates children’s imaginations.

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When Little Billy decides to ignore his mother’s warnings about the dangers of the forest and he ventures into the forest, he discovers is a cast of magical characters and an adventure like no other. Little Billy comes to know the Minpins, miniature people who live in the trees, and the Red Hot SSmoke-BelchingGruncher.  Little Billy works with his new found friends to defeat the Red-Hot Smoke Belching Gruncher and in turn makes a friendship that lasts a lifetime. The final line of the book is perhaps one of Dahl’s most often quoted lines…

Roald Dahl inspired Minpins painted pots, literacy ideas for older kids

Inspired by the magical Minpins and Dahl’s words, we wanted to add a little magic to our own garden. What better way to bring magic to the garden then to share this quotation with anyone who visits our home.

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First, my daughter painted grass and flowers on a terracotta pot.

Roald Dahl inspired Minpins painted pots, literacy ideas for older kids

Then, she proceeded to write the last line of the quotation around the pot. I traced her writing with a permanent marker, to make sure it doesn’t wash away.

We then coated the entire pot with a glittery clear coat of Mod Podge. This will further protect the artwork from the rain…and added a little glittering magic.

Roald Dahl inspired Minpins painted pots, literacy ideas for older kids

We placed a gerbera daisy inside the pot and added it to our front porch…for everyone visiting to enjoy. We plan on adding my daughter’s bean plant to the pot, once it grows a little bit more. The bean plant will add great height to the pot. Our hope is that Roald Dahl’s words will inspire others to venture into the forest and to keep their eyes open for the magic that is all around.

Roald Dahl inspired Minpins painted pots, literacy ideas for older kids

Looking for more woodland inspired activities from Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Fairy House Weaving

Celebrate Wildlife Week Activities

Chapter Books that Connect Kids and Nature


jenpic2013 150 x 150Jen is a stay-at-home mom with 2 beautifully adventurous kids. Jen shares everything that lands on her kitchen counter over on her blog, Kitchen Counter Chronicles. Swing by and learn how they are greening their lives; what they are crafting, cooking and reading. While you will often find them inside the kitchen, you will also find them out and about getting our hands dirty, exploring and learning outdoors. You can also follow Kitchen Counter Chronicles on PinterestFacebook and Twitter.


Roald Dahl inspired Minpins painted pots, literacy ideas for older kids

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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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