In the book The BFG by Roald Dahl, the Big Friendly Giant or BFG goes out to Dream Country to collect dreams to blow into the windows of sleeping children at night. While collecting the dreams the BFG stores them in jars and labels them so he knows what’s inside them. The book is fascinating, and one that still captures the imagination of children and adults – and that’s just part of the reason Disney has decided to bring it to the big screen. The magical world of Giants, Dreams and magic.
Unfortunately we can’t captures dreams in a net like the BFG does, but kids and adults are all so full of dreams – you can absolutely find a way to save their dreams. This DIY is a simple yet rustic Dream Jar where kids can write their dreams and place them in. Not sure where to start? Ask them what they want to be when they grow up, if they could do anything what would they do? Store their dreams in this jar and read them back for fun!
This Dream Jar doesn’t have a lid like the ones the BFG collects, so kids can add more dreams to it whenever they want, and the dreams can fly out and become reality!
- One Quart Sized Mason Jar – alternatively you could use an old Mayo jar or a plastic one if you’re worried about it breaking.
- Garden Twine
- Tape or Hot Glue
- Removable Chalkboard Labels
- Chalk Board Markers
- Printable Dream Sheets
With a piece of tape or a dot of hot glue, place a piece of twine under the thread at the top of jar. Continue to wrap the twine until it completely covers the thread and reaches the top of the jar. This may take a couple layers of twine to cover the different levels of threading. Secure the last bit of twine with another dot of glue or another piece of thread.
Create your label – I made ours a couple times, that’s the great part about the chalk markers, I can do them over and over again.
Print out the Printable Dream Sheets and cut them out. Have your kids write their dreams on the sheets, or help them put them on the sheets and add them to the jar.
Add dreams nightly and see what ones come true!
More about the BFG:
The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams.
Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows. But Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.