Activities and Fireworks for Words

March 4 - 8

The Phantom Tollbooth, Chapters 3-8

Workshop Activities

1. Craft – Character Collage

2. Key Points – Word Market

3. Collaborative – Exchanging Words

4. Writing – Synonyms

5. Math/Logic - Popular Letters

6. Genius Principle – Debate

7. Big Activity - Square Meal

8. Movement - Words to Move By

Minecraft Activities

  1. Parts of speech

  2. Aphorisms

  3. Speeches for the royal banquet

  4. Build challenge: concrete poetry

Upcoming Events

  • Weekly teen hangouts in Santa Ana

  • Disneyland meetup: March 6 - Worlds of Words and Numbers

  • Field trips – Trips are currently being scheduled! New trips posted here:

  • 4/10 Celebration: Milo's Homecoming


Read through the fireworks and choose about five that you think might interest your child. Allow him or her to select 1-3 of them.

  • How much toll do you think Milo paid to go through the tollbooth? Take a look at the toll schedule for a local toll road: How much would you pay right now if you were traveling westbound on the 91? If you paid this toll with coins only, how many quarters, nickels, dimes, and pennies would you use? Repeat this scenario based on you traveling eastbound in three hours.

  • Milo was sentenced to six million years in jail. Go here to see what a million looks like:,000,000

  • Milo said he can count to a thousand. Can you do it?

  • Here's what King Azaz ordered at the banquet: Pate de foie gras, soupe a l'oignon, faisan sous cloche, salade endive, fromages et fruits et demi-tasse. What do all these words mean? Translate these into English. Try some of these foods.

  • Eat some foods that are homonyms: pear (pare/pair), tea (tee), pie (pi), pudding (putting), root (route).

  • Compare Milo's trial (page 62), to the trial in Alice's Adventure in Wonderland.

  • Eat some of these play on words foods from the story:

  • light meal 86

  • square meal 86

  • somersault 89

  • rigmarole 89

  • ragamuffin 89

  • synonym bun 89