Hansel & Gretel Classroom Activities

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Hansel & Gretel Classroom Activities
Students can design their own candy house as an activity when reading "Hansel and Gretel." (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

"Hansel and Gretel" is a well-known fairy tale that can be useful when teaching students about creativity and curiosity. It is also often used to explain the plot and characters involved in the fairy tale genre, as well. Students can study story structure and flex their creative muscles as they recreate the scenes, setting and characters involved in this plot.

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Candy House

After studying the story, have students design their own "Hansel and Gretel" candy house. Instruct them to use materials that will not perish quickly. This is an ideal activity around Christmas. Turn the activity into a competition. After students present their candy house to the class, hold a vote for the most creative house, which will be displayed for a week. Take pictures of each student with their house and hang the pictures on a "Hansel and Gretel" story wall.

Character Mobile

Pass out pieces of paper with four "I am" bubbles. Students may draw their favourite character from "Hansel and Gretel" in the middle of the bubbles. Instruct students to fill each bubble with a fact about the character from the story. This will create a character chart. Have students cut out their characters and the four bubbles. Punch a hole in each piece and string them up to create character mobiles. Hang these from the ceiling in your classroom.

Colouring Book

Provide students with multiple worksheets, each with a different scene from the story of "Hansel and Gretel." Students are to colour the pictures, write one sentence about what is happening in that scene and then organise the scenes in sequential order. Have each student share their finished product with a partner to display their artwork.

Map

Instruct students to create a map of the forest Hansel and Gretel become lost in. Students must illustrate the path taken to get to the witch's candy cottage, and then show the path the children take out of the forest. Have the students draw the map as if they are looking down on the forest. Teach students the importance of a map key. Use manila paper to give the map an older look. Each one may look different and unique to the student. Hang the maps in your classroom.

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