3-5 yrs old
6-7 yrs old
8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Reading and Writing
Create the most exciting and imaginative story idea in just 100 words or less!
November 18, 2019
Cole, Age 11, Story and Minecraft World
Madeline, Age 12, Story and Minecraft World
Roald Dahl's Imaginormous Challenge
Visit the challenge website for more information.
Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge is a global creativity program aimed at sparking the imagination of young minds, inspired by the creativity of the world’s number one storyteller.
Roald Dahl’s stories often started as tiny ideas scribbled in his 'ideas books' - these tiny ideas would then be transformed into the great, big, wondrous story worlds of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and more!
To celebrate that even the smallest of ideas can become the most amazing of creations, and to unlock the imaginations of children across America, we decided to launch Roald Dahl's Imaginormous Challenge!
We’re looking for the most exciting and imaginative story ideas summarised in just 100 words or less from 5-12 year olds across the USA. Spelling doesn’t matter, nor does grammar: the only judging criterion is pure imagination!
To prove that a small idea can be transformed into something truly wonderful, working with some of our most esteemed partners, we’ve an unrivalled roster featuring once-in-a-lifetime prizes.
1. One lucky winner and their guardian will travel to Los Angeles, California, meet with authors Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler for a writing workshop and the winner’s short story idea will be transformed into a published e-book thanks to Penguin Young Readers.
2. Another story idea will inspire an ice cream flavor, with the winner getting the chance to work with iconic ice cream brand, Ample Hills Creamery to create an incredible ice cream creation.
3. One 100 word or less story idea will give its creator the chance to travel to Hollywood where they will work with the Warner Bros. Consumer Products team to take part in a creative brainstorm and design a toy with Warner Bros. Consumer Products toy designer.
4. One lucky winner will travel to see the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory US National Tour and work with their team to have their story idea transformed into a theatrical creation plus they’ll win tickets to see the incredible musical alongside a loved one.
5. One winner will have their story transformed into a Minecraft world by a professional build team virtually, with the opportunity to provide creative feedback and crafting tips to the Minecraft: Education Edition pros!
Review with the students the previous winning Minecraft entries, looking at the 100 word or less story ideas. Discuss where they might have got the inspiration for them? What might happen next in the stories? How might they have taken an idea and developed it into a story?
2017: Cole, Age 11, Story and Minecraft World
2018: Madeline, Age 12, Story and Minecraft World
Having discussed the story ideas, dive into the worlds which the professional builders created and encourage exploration. Find the worlds in the in-game Library, or download from the above links and open within Minecraft: Education Edition.
Discuss the worlds, looking at key descriptors or thinking about characters who could live there.
Then ask students to think about their own 100 word or less story ideas, which could be potentially be transformed into a Minecraft world.
Ask them to share them with the class if they so wish, explaining which elements might work particularly well in a Minecraft.
Encourage students to enter their story ideas at ImaginormousChallenge.com
• Students should be active participants in all activities.
• Students will be able to describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
• Students will be able to write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.