Once Upon a Time at
Here you will find many
ideas, printables, games, crafts, and centers for
a unit or theme on fairytales! Fairy Tales was
one of the first units I ever created! Many of
the pictures on this page are from my time
student teaching back in 1997 - 1998! Enjoy!
Updated - March 2014
(to the tune of
Once upon a time,
In a land far away,
A girl kissed a frog -
That just made his day!
Far across the town,
Red Riding Hood took fright -
She found a wolf
In granny's bed
When she told her goodnight!
Fairy Tales! Fairy
Read them every day!
Oh what fun it is to hear
How Goldilocks got away!
Tales! Fairy Tales!
Full of joy and laughter!
Do you know how this one ends?
Why, its HAPPILY EVER AFTER!
Above is a character
mobile that I had my 2nd grade students make
(1998) . In the middle they draw the character of
their choice and then fill in the four bubbles
about the character. When they are done they cut
and string each part and place on a string to
hang. These look so great hanging around the
Here is a beginning,
middle, and end activity we did in 2nd grade with
the book Hansel and Gretel. Under the Gingerbread
house in a flap book with. Begin, Middle, End,
and Alternative Ending. The students filled in
the book. Then they colored the Gingerbread House
ans stapled it to the book. When they were done,
I hung the finished products on a board that
said... Fairy Tales Can Be Yummy!
Here is a fun hands-on
bulletin board that I made. The middle shows a
book. On the outside of the book are various
characters, settings, story titles, and plots.
Inside the book are large bubbles for the
students to place the story title, plot,
characters, and setting. The plot, setting,
characters, and title and held on the board with
velcro so that they can be manipulated by the
Fairy Tale Head
1. Let each child
choose a fairy tale character to use to make a
Reproduce the chose character once for each
child. Have children color. Mount on
oaktag, and cut out.
2. Give each child a 2" x 24"
strip of construction paper. Help each
staple the headband to the center of the strip as
3. Staple each strip to fit around each
4. Children may wear their Fairy-Tale
Headbands while they listen to and act
out some of the best known fairy tales.
1. Ask children to help make a list
of several fairy tales that the class has
2. Help determine the characters needed to
dramatize the fairy tale.
3. Reproduce appropriate headbands for
their characters needed to dramatize
the fairy tale.
4. Let children perform the fairy
tale for parents.
Three Bears -
We do a lot with measurement with these
stories. To compare weights, the kids work
with a partner to complete a chart of light,
medium, and heavy items around the
classroom. Light - can pick up with
one hand, medium - can pick up with 2 hands,
heavy - can't pick up (I'm always in that
column!). A small medium and large bear icon help
mark each column. We write notes to
the 3 bears from Goldilocks to apologize for the
mess she made. Have done a group guided
writing and individually on computer with
Three Little Pigs
True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
were three little pigs who were forced to roam,
So each decided to build a home.
They bought some neat stuff from a nice man,
And then he said to them, "Build what you
The 3 little pigs said "We shall use
Then the first little pig took the basket of
The second little pig took the bundle of sticks,
The third little pig took a wheelbarrow of
They each built a house...and you know the rest,
Only one house is left cuz it was the best. ( LAC
Provide materials for the children to make a 3
Little Pigs scene....straw
(raffia), sticks (popcicle sticks) and red paper
(bricks) as well as misc.
other colors of paper, and whatever else the
children can brainstorm to be
suitable "building materials", potato
halves with the shape of a pig cut
into it for printing with pink paint, also have
glue, scissors, and just lots of
"stuff". Let the kids go with it....
If you like the printable I
used above - click
here to see the set it is in!
Encourage the children to make their own curled
piggy tails by cutting a
pinkcircle around and around toward the
middle. When finished and held up, a
spiral piggy tail will stretch out into the
sprial shape. Let them tape the
tail to their bottoms. Also provide pink
paper for piggy snouts made from
cutcircles with nostrils drawn on then tape it to
their noses. Now assist the
children in gathering the props to act out the
Put miniature story props in the sand table and
let the children act out the
story this way, too. (Oriental Trading
Catalog has great rubber farm, zoo,
dinosaur animals to order. Their farm
collection would be great for this
activity...I've said it before...this company has
great stuff for VERY
reasonable prices.) The house could be made
from small sized boxes or milk
cartons, decorated with simple designs to
illustrate the pigs individual
homes. (Have plain cartons available for
the children to design new homes
in the art area.)
Invite the children to bring in their own books
of The Three Little Pigs.
Look at one particular section of the story from
each book (like the part
where the pigs get their supplies for their home
building) and compare all
the different versions/illustrations. How
are they alike and how are they different? Talk
about the artist (illustrators) each having a
different idea of how the pigs must look and
that each of them is different but still correct.
Assist the children in naming the 3 little
pigs...take one pig at a time and
talk about names that would help describe that
Rewrite the story with the class using 3
different materials for the houses.
A Tail to Tell using The Three
Little Pigs as a structural model to
establish knowledge of the form of fairy
tales : seven great activities to do with
The Three Little Pigs
Bits and Pieces writing a tale
based on a collection of objects which
Construction Ahead! students use the
story as jumping off point for a math/art
- For the 3 Little
Pigs, gather and clean 3 milk cartons for
each child. Use canned frosting to add
straw (shredded wheat), sticks (pretzels)
and bricks ( cherry nibs
- licorice). Put on large
styrofoan trays and add other details if
desired. Make popcicle stick
puppets so the children can retell the
story at home before they inevitably
munch on the houses
Even More Little Pig Ideas from our
Little Pigs Packet for Preschool and
Extensions for the Story,
The Three Little Pigs.
Games, a craft, and math
and reading fun made
The Three Little Pigs
Math and Literacy Games,
Centers, Glyph, and More!
Hands-on is the key to
learning!!! This packet
is all that and more!
Page 3 and
Student can color and
bring home to share with
Page 5 to 8Three
Little Pigs game. Just
print and use in small
Page 9Color, trace,
and stamp activity sheet.
Page 10Color by
code. Cut-out dice
provided. Print dice on
cardstock and tape
together to have forever.
Page 11 and 12Easy
Three Little Pigs Craft
page and idea.
Page 13Color cut
and sequence pictures
from the story activity
Page 14 to 16Story
and add a magnet to the
back to use on large
white board to retell the
Page 17 and 18Tally
and Graph activity.
Printable dice provided.
Makes a wonderful math
Page 19 Color,
Trace, Cut, Count and
for the numbers 2 through
20Roll and Cover Math
Center. Print page 20 on card
stock. Supply markers and a dice.
Students take turns rolling dice
and marking off the number they
rolled. First to cover their card
wins. Great for independent game
time or small groups.
Page 21Little Piggy knows
his letter sounds board game.
Supply markers and a dice.
Students roll dice and say letter
sound on the brick. First person
to get to the brick house first
is the winner.
Page 22Practice a skill
puzzleLaminate cards and
then use a dry erase to add a
skill on the bottom of the
puzzle. Cut apart puzzle and
students put it back together.
Great for counting by 5s
and 10s or counting up.
Also good for ABC order.
Page 23A beginning sound
cut, color, and glue sheet.
Page 24Three Little Pigs
Glyph Activity Sheet. Great way
to introduce preschool and
kindergarten age kids to data
and the Three Bears!
For Preschool aged
children, may I suggest: The Three Bears By Byron
Barton - I
love the simple text and pictures
When reading this
story teach the children to say
tries the Oatmeal too hot
(while waving a hand), and too cold (while
hugging body), and just right (holding thumbs up)
rocks on the chairs too fast (rock
back and fourth quickly), too slow (rock slowly),
and just right (rock and give the thumbs up)
tried the beds to) hard (make a
fist), to soft (rub hands together gently), Just
right (stretch your arms and pretend to sleep)
Make Three Bears
Porridge for Goldilocks
Allow students to
trace words and then give each bear some oatmeal.
For the oatmeal
paint, I used brown paint mixed with
oatmeal. The kids scooped it into the
Then they sprinkled some oatmeal over each bowl.
(The templates for this can
be found here)
Add bear cookie
cutters to your Play Dough Center. I even
made my favorite chocolate Play
Dough and added a cup of oatmeal to the
mix. The Play Dough Mat in the
picture can be found here.
Play the small,
medium, big game
Supply markers (we
used Teddy Grahams) . Students take turns
rolling the dice.
They cover up one of the four items of the size
they rolled. First person to cover up four
items of the same size, wins. This game can be found
Practice the number
three. This little activity has the
student use a bingo dauber to cover a
It also has the students cut out the bowls
and glue the bowl to the correct
bear. This activity can be found
Check out this Fairy Tale
activities to use with Goldilocks and the Three
and the Beanstalk- MORE COMING
*when planting beans,
how about experimenting with light/no light,
*plant variety of beans in 1 container-send home
with soup recipe (7 beansoup)
*sort beans in sensory table
*make bean and cheese quesadillas (EASY) for a
*act out the story
Hang a rope from the ceiling covered with brown
crepe paper and green cellophane leaves. Attach
two boots to the ceiling, one each side of the
*Grow beans in jars or plant in the garden.
Monitor and chart growth.
*Collage with variety of beans.
*Sort different varieties of beans.
*Activities with gold coins - counting, sharing.
*Trace around teacher or each other and collage
'giant' using material
*Measure height of children with tape and
Red Hen - Coming
Upon A Time
It is a world of fun
with a fairy tale is a interactive
learning center that I have developed for the
fairy tale unit I created. I designed the center
so that I could use it as an exciting place for
the student toexplore, learn, and have fun at the
same time! The activities I choose are across the
curriculum and cover a variety of the skills
already taught or being taught to the second
grade class. Moreover, each activity deals with a
fairy tale in some way. My goal for the center
was to have it be an activity center in which the
student could do independently with out the
teachers help. Thus, the activities are self
explanatory and are a review of previous learned
Inside the brightly
decorated learning center one will find thirteen
entertaining activities centered around fairy
tales. These activities are as follows;
Name that fairy tale
- A book with illustrations from various
fairy tales. The student must name each fairy
Practice Telling Time
with Cinderella - Is an activity the
motivates the student to help Cinderella place
the correct time onto each clock.
Help Mr. Wolf find out
how many pigs are in each house - This
covers subtraction facts through 18 and motivates
the student to do the facts.
- This is a game of memory and also helps the
student strength their alphabetical ordering.
Can you find the
secret to the witchs brew? - This
is a grammar game in which the student must match
the correct prefix with the root word.
Once Upon A Time Board
Game - This activity is an review of what
has been taught thus far in second grade. It
covers all subjects and is very motivational.
Clothes & Pinocchio Read-Along -
These two tapes are listening activities.
The Goose that Laid
the Golden Egg CD-ROM - The students are
encouraged or read along on the computer with the
book. also, they may play with the illustrations
in the book.
Fairy Tale Pop-up
Village - This definitely does the job of
attracting the students to the center.
Gingerbread Man Lace
Cards - Reinforces fine motor skills.
Read a Fairy Tale
- There are tons of fairy tales to choose to read
in the center. Also, there are a variety of
pop-up fairy tale books.
The It is a world of
fun with fairy tales learning center is
meant to not only review skills, but to also get
the student excited about reading. My hope is
that it motivates the student to open a fairy
tale and discover the world of imagination
through a book. It is important to try to produce
a love of reading in your classroom and I feel
this learning center does that and more! C.
Make wands with dowels,
wooden stars (paint, glitter, dowels) and then
write about our wishes, take turns tapping one
another and give a task to perform (letter
sounds, rhymes, counting, etc.).
Create a fairy godmother
with art materials (paper, fabric scraps,
dolies, lace sequins, ect) and write
about how she could help you. Brainstorm
8-10 ideas about what happens in a fairy
tale. Make a large chart listing
ideas down left side. In columns
to the right, write the name of the stories
to compare/contrast at the top of the column
(ex: DIsney Cinderella, Cinderella Penguin,
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, The Rough-Faced
Girl) After reading, go down the list
and write yes or no about the ideas that
were brainstormed. It fun to see the
patterns in the stories emerge as you read
the books. Add crowns, gowns, wands,
fancy shoes to dramatic play to act our
versions of the stories
Dramatic Play: Have
Cinderella clothes (ugly and beautiful), royal
clothes(capes, crowns), Lots of
shoes. Cleaning supplies. Have a
have a "ball", play music.
Decorate shoes, crowns Shoe printing (have
various shoes with interesting patterns on the
.......paint rollars to cover bottoms with paint,
on paper.) Sew on dress shapes(cut from
Classification Game: Have different sized
shoes, kids can classifly
according to size. (at my preschool we do this
kind of game in group but it
also could be done during free-play)
Science: grow Pumpkin seeds
I had the students write their own Fairy
Tales. You can view their
- Read the book to your class -
Watch the video - Listen to the Soundtrack
- Cinderella Lesson
Plans (Gr. 5-6)
Students think critically by comparing
three versions of the same fairy tale,
Stories (Gr. 3-6) Lesson plans on
different Cinderella stories (Tattercoats, Cap
o'Rushes, The Twelve Months, etc.).
Colleen, We do Cinderella
Around The World every year and here are some of
the pages I've created to use with that
unit. Hope these are helpful to someone!
A Special Thanks To Amanda
for Sharing Her Word Files Below!
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