James and the Giant Peach is a classic children’s book by the famous author Roald Dahl. The story essentially revolves around a boy, James who receives a bag of crystals which will free him from the horrible life he has with his Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. He drops the crystals at the foot of a peach tree and the peach at the top of the tree undergoes a magical transformation.
The book itself is wonderful and is a lovely one to read and enjoy with your child, whatever their age. Younger children can be read to, maybe a chapter a night so that their attention is held. Older children will be able to read the story themselves at their own pace and discuss it with you when they are finished.
There are lots of activities that you can do with your child relating to the story in this book. Whilst it sounds obvious, reading the story is the first activity! You can really make the most of sitting down with your child and enjoying the story together. You could then choose to watch the DVD together and enjoy and discuss this and how it differs from the book.
Other activities can focus on the different elements in the book. Ask your child to count all the different creatures in the book and identify them. You can then discuss all these different creatures, for example centipedes, spiders and worms. Go into the garden or the park and find and take a look at these creatures, even take out books from the library and discuss the features and characteristics of these animals.
Another activity is to focus on some cooking activities with peaches as ingredients. Look up some recipes online and make one (or several) that your child likes the look of. Peaches and cream is an easy one to make, or you could make peach flan or grilled peaches with caramel. This is a lovely interactive activity for you and your child to do together and will help them to be more confident in the kitchen.
On the Roald Dahl Fans website, there is a quiz you can take based on the book, and if you answer the questions all correctly you can earn your place on the Trivia Master Board! This will really test your child’s knowledge and understanding of the book and could even get you thinking!
Finally, for hardcore James and the Giant Peach fans, a trip to the Buckinghamshire County Museum’s Roald Dahl Gallery is a must! Amongst other things there is a giant peach to explore!