Fairy Tales Follow Up Ideas

Here you have 10 wonderful ideas to do after reading your favourite fairy tale

Prepare a character mobile
Ask each child to choose his or her favourite character of a fairy tale. Give them cardboard and arts supplies to work. When they are done help them cut and string each part and place on a string to hang. Use them to decorate the classroom and when you finish the unit allow them to take them home.

Fairy tales masks, headbands & visors
Let each child choose a fairy tale character to use to make a headband.  
Have children colour and then mount on oak tag  and cut out. Staple each strip to fit around each child's head. Children may wear their Fairy Tale Headbands while they listen to and act out some of the best known fairy tales.

Magic wands
Make wands with sticks, cardboard paper stars, glitter and then ask children about their wishes. Then write them on the wand. You can use the wand for a bulletin board too.

Fairy tales elements
Glass slipper (Cinderella), long yarn braid (Rapunzel), peas (Princess and the Pea), gold coins (Rumpelstiltskin) crown (Sleeping Beauty), red cape (Little Red Riding Hood), brick (Three Little Pigs), bowl and spoon (Three Bears), red rose (Beauty and the Beast), apple (Snow White), beans (Jack and the Beanstalk), magic lamp (Aladdin) 

Royal fairy tales
You need cone shaped princess hats, crowns, silver and gold
shoes, robes(red capes with white fur) princess dresses. Chair for throne 

Guess that Fairy tale!
Tell the children you are going to play a guessing game. Prepare a box or a chest with some items in it, each representing a fairy tale or a character. As you take out each item, the children have to say the name of the fairy tale they think it represents.
Some of the items you can gather
glass slipper (Cinderella)
peas (Princess and the Pea)
bed (Sleeping Beauty)
red cape (Little Red Riding Hood)
brick (Three Little Pigs)
bowl and spoon (Three Bears)
red rose (Beauty and the Beast)
apple (Snow White)
beans (Jack and the Beanstalk)
magic lamp (Aladdin
If you don’t get those items, make big flashcards with pictures or photographs of them.
Characters word game
Before hand prepare cards with the shape of the characters of different tales such as the gingerbread man, the frog, a giant. Write words and paste a picture from the tales in each set of cards.
Play with one fairy tale at a time. Or as in the sample with  princess fairy tales
Children sitting in a circle. Ask on of the children to choose a card from the pile and pass it to the other children while playing
Fairy tales story box
Choose a fairy tale that you have recently worked with the children. Make the pieces of the story and put them in a box or jar. These can be used independently in the Book centre or during Circle time.

Compare different fairy tales versions
Compare the stepmother in Cinderella and in Snowhite; compare the prince in the Sleeping Beauty and in Rapnzel… Another possibility is working with different versions of a fairy tale, for instance Cinderella has versions from other countries as well as modern ones. First read the Perrault version and then choose another one. Prepare a Venn diagram and compare them.
These are the versions I will be using:
Yeh-Shen (from China)
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (African)
The Rough-Face Girl (Native American)
The Egyptian Cinderella
Fairy tale survey
Prepare a chart with the name of 3 or 4 fairy tales seen. Use cards with children’s names. Ask them to choose his/her favourite fairy tale and place their card on the pocket chart. Count and compare the results.

Who is your favourite character?
Who is your favourite princess?
Who is your favourite villain?

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