Thursday, 17 October 2013

A Roald Dahl scene in a box

This term's topic homework was to recreate a scene from a Roald Dahl book inside a shoebox. We didn't quite manage to contain it all in a shoe box, mostly so we could furnish the house with Sylvanian Families furniture. The blonde one wanted to make a scene from "George's Marvellous Medicine" when Grandma's taken the medicine and grown so tall that her head pops out of the roof.

Here's the house when it's open. Grandma and George are made from air drying clay (Fimo Air) around a wire frame, which was painted when it was dry.

Here's George...

We left lots of evidence of when George made the medicine with lots of little bottles from the Sylvanians collection. We stuck everything down so that the scene could be easily transported into school without everything getting lost. The large pieces of furniture are stuck down with Copydex (so we can easily peel it off later) and the tiny things are stuck down with strong double sided tape.

The blonde one had another go on my sewing machine and stitched all the tiny curtains, which we threaded onto bamboo kebab sticks. We added lots of Roald Dahl details too by printing off little books (a copy of "George's Marvellous Medicine" is on the bed!) and using Quentin Blake's illustrations as pictures on the walls.

Her teacher was full of praise for the homework and told the blonde one she is a natural artist - she was so pleased.


  1. What a fantastic effort for a brilliant homework assignment. I hope your daughter received a merit for her efforts? :)

    1. Thanks Tracey, it was a great challenge. We get class feedback next week :)