"Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" Activities

Updated April 17, 2017

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" is a popular children's movie based on Roald Dahl's book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Candymaker Willy Wonka holds a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his famous Wonka Bars. Each child who is lucky enough to find one is invited to his candy-making factory for a tour that is full of surprises. There are a number of activities you can create for "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory."

New Candy

After watching the movie, ask each child to develop a new and creative candy. Each variety of Wonka candy in the story has magical powers; encourage students to use their imaginations when coming up with a new candy. Ask the children to each create a poster showcasing the new candy and develop a commercial to advertise their product. Allow each child to present her 30-second commercial to the class.

Compare and Contrast

Assign "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" as reading and then watch "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" as a class. Have students create a 2-set Venn Diagram comparing the similarities and differences between the book and the movie. One circle should be labelled the title of the movie and the other should be labelled the title of the book. The circle created by the two overlapping ones should be labelled Similarities.

First-Person Perspective

After watching the movie with your class, ask students to select one of the children from the story. Divide students in groups based on their character choice and have the groups write a new scene for the movie from their character's first-person perspective. Include dialogue in the script as well as details of what the new set might look like. Allow students to act their scenes out in front of the entire class.

How-To Paper

Knowing how to write a how-to paper is crucial for elementary students. Watch "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and ask the students to write a how-to paper on making candy. Provide resources for research from your school's library and encourage the students to seek out their own information. Give them examples of how-to papers so they have a model for their own. Once finished, allow them to follow these steps exactly as they have written them to make their own candy. This teaches students the importance of writing detailed how-to papers. Supervise this portion of the activity in case students have not accurately written the steps to candy-making.

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Based in Texas, Lucie Westminster has been a writer and researcher since 1975. Her work has been published in journals such as "Psychological Reports" and "Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior." Westminster's interests include developmental psychology, children, pets and crafting. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Miami University.