Fairy tales are usually the first formal stories children hear. Kids adore time-tested adventures like Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Snow White. This natural enchantment with the magic of fairy tales is a wonderful teaching opportunity. Using a single story as a lesson plan can help kids develop a love for reading, writing, art, drama and music. Preschool and younger elementary school kids are enthusiastic learners when tactile play is involved.
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King, Queen and Princess Crafts
For this fairy tale craft, you'll need construction paper and/or poster board, tape, markers, crayons, scissors, glue, glitter, scraps of material and crepe paper. Make queen and king crowns by cutting bands of paper or board to fit comfortably around each child's head. Have kids cut out patterns for the top of their crowns and decorate with crayons, markers, glue, glitter and shapes cut out from other coloured paper. Then tape the ends of the crown together. Create a princess hat by rolling construction paper into a cone and then taping in place before having kids decorate it using the other materials. Attach some silky material or strands of crepe paper to the top. Have kids wear their head coverings while reading Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella.
Three Little Pigs Craft
Some of the materials needed for this craft can be collected during a walk in the yard. You'll need bundles of straw and thin twigs as well as construction paper or shoe boxes, markers, scissors and lots of glue. Have the kids construct the three houses featured in the story of the Three Little Pigs. The house structure can be made by cutting a shoebox and top into three separate pieces or by taping together cut-out pieces of construction paper. The kids can decorate a straw house, a twig house and a brick house. The bricks can be made from rectangles of construction paper. To re-enact the fairy tale using the houses, draw pictures of three pigs and a wolf, cut them out and attach them to craft sticks.
Princess and the Pea Craft
Kids love this craft based on the fairy tale of the Princess and the Pea, and it's a great way to use scraps of material that are lying around the house. Other than a bag of woven scraps, you'll need construction paper, scissors, craft sticks, glue and a few dried peas. Have the children glue four craft sticks onto the construction paper to make a bed and cut the scrap material into rectangles that are about the size of the bed. These will be the mattresses, which the kids can glue on top of each other until their bed is as high as they want it to be. Make sure they leave a little room under the bottom mattress because that's where the pea will go. When finished, these beds look great hanging around a classroom.
Jack and the Beanstalk Craft
To make this Jack in the Beanstalk craft, kids need a paper towel tube, construction paper, paint, markers, scissors, glue and yarn. Have them paint the roll green. While it is drying, have them cut leaves and a "Jack" out of the construction paper. Tape green pieces of yarn hanging from the paper towel roll and tape or glue leaves all over the yarn. Take an extra long piece of yarn and attach it to the top of the roll, letting it hang down through the bottom. Attach Jack to this long piece of yarn so that it looks like he is climbing up the beanstalk.
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