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Mr Twit’s Beard Toddler Activity – Dad Craft for Roald Dahl Day

Tomorrow is Roald Dahl’s birthday which has been officially retitled ROALD DAHL DAY!

And, like every Aussie child of the 80’s, I grew up mesmerized by the magical worlds of his books. People tend to go on about Charlie & the Chocolate Factory or Matilda but the book that was my Dahl favourite was The Twits; I’ve always wanted to stick all of my furniture to the ceiling!

To celebrate and spread the word about Roald Dahl Day, I have joined many bloggers across the globe in creating a craft for Little E inspired by a Roald Dahl book and, as per above, it’s all about The Twits. Mr Twit in fact, and his revolting, gross, food storing beard:

Mr Twit’s Beard: Dress-up & Game

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You will need:

  • 3 x A4 pieces of brown felt
  • Fabric scissors
  • Black marker
  • 2 x rubber bands
  • sewing machine (or needle & thread if you’re crazy enthusiastic!)
  • coloured foam or cardboard

Little E is currently mad about fancy dress and loves wearing random bits of costumes out & about. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten my dad-craft on so what better to create than a new dress-up item for him that can also be played with?

1. Start by cutting out a bumpy beard shape from one of the A4 pieces of brown felt.

BKLK_99_cut out beard shape from brown felt_Mr Twit Beard_Roald Dahl Day 2015 Dad Craft for toddler children_kiddy dress up fantasy imagination literature book costume2. Use the main beard piece as the template to cut out three lower sections of beard from the other pieces of felt. These will become the beard’s pockets.

BKLK_99_Cut three pocket sections from brown felt_Mr Twit Beard_Roald Dahl Day 2015 Dad Craft for toddler children_kiddy dress up fantasy imagination literature book costume3. Sew the pocket pieces onto the main beard, staggering them downward.
[Lucky that Phenom-A-Mum was home to do this for me. My attempt would probably have sewn all of the pockets shut!]

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4. Sew a rubber band onto each top corner of the main beard; these will loop over the ears to hold the beard onto your kid’s face.

BKLK_99_add rubber band sto top corners of felt beard to loop over ears_Mr Twit Beard_Roald Dahl Day 2015 Dad Craft for toddler children_kiddy dress up fantasy imagination literature book costumeFinally, cut out some fun food shapes from the coloured foam or cardboard. If you want to be true to the book then you’ll need some sardines, stilton cheese and cornflakes!

BKLK_99_cut shapes from coloured foam_Mr Twit Beard_Roald Dahl Day 2015 Dad Craft for toddler children_kiddy dress up fantasy imagination literature book costumeAnd now for the fun part… or so I thought.

Little E decided that he wasn’t in a dress-up mood today (the only day in the past month!) and screamed his head off when I tried to put the beard on him. So Phenom-A-Mum swooped in for the rescue and to be the hirsute model. It’s a little scary how good she looks in a beard!

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Although he wouldn’t wear the beard he loved placing the foam food into the pockets so that it looked just like Mr Twit’s gross-out facial hair complete with snack-on-later leftovers.

BKLK_99_toddler places sardine fish in pocket_Mr Twit Beard_Roald Dahl Day 2015 Dad Craft for toddler children_kiddy dress up fantasy imagination literature book costumeIt’s a costume and game all in one!

I wonder how long before Little E starts hiding real food in the pockets? Ugh!

For more Roald Dahl Day dad-craft fun, check out Demos’ outdoor science-y fun as he and his sons mix up a batch of George’s Marvellous Medicine!

Which is your favourite Roald Dahl book?

 

 

 

 

 

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David Hawkins

Half nerd, all Dad & Founder of Big Kid Little Kid, the go-to blog for Awesome Dads. David is on a personal mission to become a more awesome dad to his two sons and teach them all the facets of being a major nerd. NES-off anybody?
  • Tash from Gift Grapevine

    Cool dad-craft David! I’d forgotten completely about The Twits. I still have my well-loved and well-read copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I also loved Matilda and the BFG but it was Revolting Rhymes that had me in fits of giggles as a kid (it still does).

    • David Hawkins

      Revolting Rhymes was the coolest when we were tiny! Red Riding Hood and her wolf-skin coat (not to mention her gun!).