Many of us here at Team Netmums have only just waved our children off back to school and already the ‘parents’ homework’ has started with one mum on Team Netmums in a flap as the school is celebrating Roald Dahl Day next week (13th September) and she has to conjure up a costume asap. After browsing our Roald Dahl pages and Netmums costume gallery she is on a mission this weekend to source a bald man swim cap, cotton wool (hair), waistcoat and big brown sandals (pinched from Grandad) – all put together with a toy trumpet and a cucumber with poked in cocktail sticks to make a ‘snozzcumber’ for a whizzfizzling BFG costume! She surely deserves a gold star for that this early on in the term, no?
This year Roald Day Day is celebrating 30 years of the BFG – that wonderful gentle whizpopping, scrumdiddly giant who catches and blows in dreams to sleeping children.
It got Team Netmums talking about our dreams and which ones we have night after night. A dream analyst may have a field day figuring out what our collective dreams tell us about the team. They include falling out teeth, waking up in other people’s beds, soldiers bursting into our bedrooms, flying down the stairs, smooching Harry Styles from One Direction (!), an evil ‘pesky fly’ crawling into our ears and one that made us chuckle – arguing with our husbands and then waking and feeling cross with them for causing us so much grief throughout the night! Writing those all out makes us wonder if we are a collection of troubled souls and should seek professional help!
To get into the spirit of Roald Dahl day we have a lovely craft activity for you too. The mini Team Netmums have been making ‘Dream Jars’ and putting in drawings of their favourite or most memorable dreams. Here’s how to make your very own dream jars that the BFG would be proud of:
- Old glass jam jars
- PVA glue
- Tissue paper and glitter and any other gems or bits and pieces to embellish
- Card and felt pens
- Cotton wool balls and thread
How to make:
- Take a clean glass jar and paint a thin layer of PVA glue all over the outside. Then stick on bits of tissue paper, sprinkle glitter and stick any other little bits and pieces you like (feathers, tiny buttons or shells, gold threads…)
- Take coloured card and cut into cloud shapes. Then ask your child to draw their dreams on the ‘clouds’ and pop into their dream jars.
- We tied our ‘dreams’ to little clouds of cotton wool and tied them with thread before popping them into the jar.
- The mini Team Netmums keep their dream jars by their beds to encourage happy dreams.
The dreams popped in included drawings of a squirrel in a magic traveling fishing net, a trip down a hole to fairy land, a house in the clouds and playing with bunnies at the park. Much more magical than the Team Netmums’ troubled hotchpotch of nightly dreams!
We would love to know what you dream about and if anyone can shed any light on what Team Netmums dreams say about us then do let us know. Find out more about Roald Dahl day and get some costume ideas and inspiration here. If you’re celebrating have a fizz whizzling time! Do add any dressing up photos to our costume gallery so we can take a peek too.