Fairy tales are the perfect place to begin a child's preschool education. As well as having magical and enthralling plots, these stories are often cautionary tales, introducing morality issues in a light and engaging style. Arts and crafts are an excellent way to build on the fairy tale theme, following story time. Allowing kids to creatively interpret what they learnt from fairy tales will help them develop their artistic skills and boost confidence.
Make a Fairy Tale Collage
Collage is a simple and creative way to introduce fairy tale arts and crafts to the preschool child. Hand out photocopies from classic fairy tale stories such as "Snow White" and "The Three Little Pigs" to the children. Using plastic crafting scissors, help the kids to cut around their favourite characters and illustrations. Take a large sheet of sugar paper and encourage the children to work as a group to arrange and paste the pictures into a collage.
Bake Gingerbread Men
Baking is an important part of child development, helping kids with their weighing and measuring skills. Baking classic treats like gingerbread men is an ideal opportunity to introduce the fairy tale theme into a cookery class. Help the children to mix and weigh the ingredients. While the cakes are in the oven, read the children the story of "The Gingerbread Man." Once the treats have been baked and cooled, children can have fun icing and decorating them.
Put on a Stick Puppet Show
A puppet show is an excellent way to encourage children to work well in groups. Ask the children to choose their favourite fairy tale. This is will be a good time to talk about the importance of compromise. Cut out paper figures and help the children to colour them in. Attach lollipop sticks to the back of the figures. While you read the fairy tale aloud, encourage the children to act out the story using the puppets.
Decorate Prince and Princess Crowns
After reading the children a fairy tale such as "The Princess and the Pea" or "The Frog Prince," help the children to decorate paper crowns. Pass around crowns that you have cut out from gold and silver paper. Using paste made from flour and water, allow the children to decorate their crowns with sequins and glitter. This is a fun way to encourage artistic creativity.
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