The story of "Cinderella" has long been a favourite fairy tale of children and adults alike. This sweet story can also be an excellent teaching tool for young children. After reading the fairy tale to your classroom, incorporate Cinderella-themed art projects and activities into your curriculum for experiences young learners are sure to enjoy.
Print out drawings of glass slippers. Have each student decorate the glass slipper with fun colours and patterns using finger paints or crayons, stickers, glitters and feathers. Have each design a matching dress for Cinderella to wear to the ball.
Make fairy godmother wands with sticks and wooden stars and have them decorate using paint and glitter. Ask each child to list three wishes that he would have the fairy godmother grant if she came to help him and make a list for him to take home.
Cinderella Goes on Vacation
Cut out a large picture of Cinderella and have each child colour the picture. Cut it out and laminate it and send it home with each child. Instruct the children to send their Cinderella cutout to a friend or relative that lives the furthest away for a vacation. They are to ask their faraway friend to take pictures of Cinderella visiting the main attractions and sites of the city where they live. Ask them to send the pictures and a travel log of Cinderella's activities back to the student to share with the class.
Teach the class a few simple waltz steps. Place a bin of dress-up clothes including jewelled crowns, fancy shoes, capes and jewellery in the centre of the room. Give each child a chance to put together an outfit she will wear to the ball. Turn on a recording of classical music and encourage them to pretend they are at the ball. Lead them in the waltz steps they have learnt.
Use the names of important characters in the fairy tale to reinforce letter sounds and help students learn about acrostic poems. Write the letters in Cinderella's name vertically on the chalkboard. Ask students to help you come up with words or phrases in the story that start with each letter in the name to create the acrostic poem. Create more poems with the words prince, godmother, stepmother, pumpkin and mice. Take the activity one step further by having the children write their names vertically on a piece of paper and helping them to write acrostic poems using the letters from their names.
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