Billy and the Minpins lesson plans

Get your class to think of ways to help Billy escape the Gruncher with the YPO lesson plans which include Art and Literacy Objectives on spoken language, imagining worlds and celebrating achievements.

Roald Dahl's Billy and the Minpins, illustrated by Quentin Blake

The Minpins was Roald Dahl's last children's book. Like many of his other stories, it was partially inspired by the countryside around where he lived. In the story, Little Billy sneaks into the Forest, where he meets thousands of tiny Minpins. His new friends live in miniature houses inside hollow trees. But every one is terrified of a Fearsome Beast - and if Billy wants to go home he must defeat it once and for all!

These 6 YPO lesson plans will encourage students to imagine life as a Minpin, take part in a debate and design their own party posters to celebrate Billy's victory over the Gruncher. 

Explore marvellous themes including:

  • Imagining & exploring ideas 
  • Writing with purpose 
  • Key words

These read-along resources include extracts, Literacy and PSHE learning objectives, lesson plans and fun activity sheets! 

Students can also learn about spoken language, using colour, texture and shape as well as invent and design a form of transport for Billy!

Download the lesson plan using the panel on the right, and take a look at our other educational resources and ways to have fun with your class, from Dahlicious Dress Up Day to Puffin Virtually Live.

You can also plan a trip to the Roald Dahl Museum for your class - find out more here.