ONCE UPON A TIME...
- What is a fairytale? Which characters do we see pop-up in fairytales: animals, princes/princesses, witches, knights, dragons...
- True/False icebreaker: see how much your kids remember from fairytales you've read with a quick game e.g. 'The Wolf in Red Riding Hood ended up at the police station' - true or false? It's a great way to warm up to the theme!
- Over a breakfast of Porridge, reread Goldilocks and The Three Bears: if the bears had been able to cross the river they reached, maybe they wouldn't have come back and found Goldilocks asleep?
- STEM activity: Build The Bears A Bridge: using bricks, magnatiles & household items, get them to work together to build a bridge over a blue river (carpet/towel/plastic)
- STEM activity for Three Little Pigs: Can You Build A House the Wolf CAN'T Blow Down? Using: toothpicks, q-tips, playdough, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners. Take out a hairdryer and see if they can withstand the wolf’s huffs and puffs!
- Bake: The Gingerbread Man dough! #1 Make people, houses, shoes, dresses, swords or #2: Construct a gingerbread house, a la Hansel and Gretel.
- Hansel & Gretel activity sheet: Writing practice for letters 'H', 'G' & 'W' for witch OR; Fairytale Mad-Libs for older kids! Invent your own fairytale by passing around a fairytale with gaps in the story & words to be filled in: guaranteed giggles.
- Snow White: jewelled cardboard "mirror mirror" craft! Spray paint hand-mirror shape card in silver or grey, use tin foil/shiny takeaway tray lids for center mirror section, decorate with jewels or buttons. Now hold it up and find out who really is the fairest in the land....
Fairytale Movement! Think up some fun movement based on characters from stories:
Swim like a mermaid, hi-ho like a dwarf, jump like a frog, fly like a fairy, stand tall like a castle, prance or trot like a unicorn, stomp like a giant, kneel like a knight, twirl like a fairy godmother!
Bonus: Raid the dress-up box and become witches, knights, horses, princes and dragons for this activity!
- Storytime: There's No Dragon In This Story, by Lou Carter
- Dragon Eggs: fill a few small bowls with water, drop a different food colour or dye in each. Kids can lightly tap the shells of cooled, hardboiled eggs - enough to make a pattern. Drop an egg in each small bowl of food colouring, leave for 3 hours.
- Dragon egg crate craft
- Sensory activity: Fairy Dough - 1 cup hair conditioner, 2.5 cups cornstarch, purple/blue/food colour your kids prefers & glitter! Fairy playdough, super soft and malleable.
- Painting castles - outline in black oil pastel, teaches: watercolor technique, geometry for castle shapes - rectangles, triangles, ovals.
- Jack and The Beanstalk: 1) 'Measuring Center' for 5+: Print images of giant, beanstalk, harp, goose. Measure width & height! 2) Construct: Beanstalks! Chairs, toilet paper stacks - who can build the highest stalk?! 3) Grow Your Own Beanstalk: place damp cotton wool in a glass jar, add any dry bean & water. Observe over the next few days, add water as needed.
- Princess and The Pea: 1) Sorting 'peas' - green pompoms - into big, medium & small, 2) Sensory box with dried peas - add letters & numbers! Older kids can do both of these activities blindfolded! 3) How Many Mattresses? Patterned paper, cut up into 'mattresses' & glue down. Stick on a dried pea or draw one on. Numbers practice & scissor skills.
Classic fairytale movies: Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella - go back in time with Disney and a classic fairytale situation. Prefer your modern heroines? Try Tangled (Rapunzel) or Brave (Scottish legend)!
For shorter viewing and 5+ kids, 'Fixed Fairytales' on YouTube is a funny, animated retelling of some of the classic fairytales and how they should've/could've ended!
- There's No Dragon In This Story - Lou Carter
- Jack and the Jellybeanstalk - Rachel Mortimer
- Half Upon A Time - James Riley
- The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - John Scieszka
- Porridge & honey - Goldilocks
- Toffee "poisoned" apples - Snow White
- Gingerbread men / Gingerbread house - Hansel & Gretel
- Peas - Princess and the Pea
- Green beans - Jack & the Beanstalk
- Pumpkin soup - Cinderella