submitted by Kim in Colorado
Fairy Tale Head Bands
1. Let each child choose a fairy
tale character to use to make a headband.
Reproduce the chose
character once for each child. Have children color.
Mount on oaktag, and cut
2. Give each child a 2" x 24" strip of construction
paper. Help each child
staple the headband to the center of the strip
3. Staple each strip to fit around each child's
4. Children may wear their Fairy-Tale Headbands while they listen
to and act
out some of the best known fairy tales.
Fairy Tale Dramatics
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
4. Let children perform the fairy tale for parents.
We read the three little pigs, listened to the
audio version on the Disney
classics tape and then made little houses of hay(
raffia), sticks, and
bricks( construction paper pieces).
On the Three Bears day we ate oatmeal and
blueberries for breakfast and this
was the story on the pocket chart--
matching words to 3 bowls, 3 chairs, 3
The 3 Little Pigs
The Story of the Pigs
There were three
little pigs who were forced to roam,
So each decided to build a home.
bought some neat stuff from a nice man,
And then he said to them, "Build
what you can!"
The 3 little pigs said "We shall use it
Then the first little pig took the basket of straw.
little pig took the bundle of sticks,
The third little pig took a wheelbarrow
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
(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
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
gathering the props to act out the story.
miniature story props in the sand table and let the children act out
story this way, too. (Oriental Trading Catalog has great rubber
dinosaur animals to order. Their farm collection would be
great for this
activity...I've said it before...this company has great stuff
reasonable prices.) The house could be made from small sized
boxes or milk
cartons, decorated with simple designs to illustrate the pigs
homes. (Have plain cartons available for the children to
design new homes
in the art area.)
the children to bring in their own books of The Three Little Pigs.
one particular section of the story from each book (like the part
pigs get their supplies for their home building) and compare all
different versions/illustrations. How are they alike and how are they
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 particular pig.
Rewrite the story with the class using 3 different materials for
Goldilocks went to the house of the bears.
What did her blue eyes see?
bowl that was big, a bowl that was small,
A bowl that was tiny and that's not
She counted them 1-2-3
(Repeat with 'chair,' 'bed,' and 'bear,' but
substitute for the last line,
'They growled at her Grrrr Grrrr Grrrr)
Dramatic Play: Have Cinderella clothes (ugly and beautiful),
clothes(capes, crowns), Lots of shoes. Cleaning
supplies. Have a place to
have a "ball", play
Art: Decorate shoes, crowns
Shoe printing (have various shoes with interesting
patterns on the
.......paint rollars to cover bottoms with paint, press
on paper.) Sew
on dress shapes(cut from plastic canvas)
Shoe Classification Game: Have different sized shoes, kids can classifly
size. (at my preschool we do this kind of game in group but it
also could be
done during free-play)
Science: grow Pumpkin
*make eyepatches (you could make a
hat) have a
picture treasure hunt (or we do one..find a square, find a
somehting red, ect). We take paper towel rolls and decorate them
telescopes. For movement activities we dance to pirate songs,
be walking the plank on a balace beam or such.
oh...and also do a play
activity where we hide a ticking clock and see who
can find it.
*My kids and I talked about
pirates while reading the Peter Pan fairy tale.
It just so happened that
Captain Hook himself left a note on the very last
that??). He said that he was at our school and left a
somewhere on the playground. He left us a map of the playground on the
of a brown grocery sack. There was a giant X over where the
hidden. The children had to find the treasure by using the
map. They were
very surprised when they found Hershey's Choc. Nuggetts
(silver) and Rolo's
(gold). They decided that Captain Hook wasn't such
a bad guy after all! :)
children hunt for buried treasure! Beforehand decorate a box so
looks like a treasure box. Fill it with goodies for the kids.
the box. Hand out clues to the children - depending on the size of
group you might want to divide them up. Give one clue to each
group. Make the
clues pictures so that the children don't have to be
able to read. Each
clue should take them to another spot where they
find another clue until finally
they find the clue that takes them to the
treasure box. The kids really
love the suspense! We did this one
year during summer school at a local park and
it was such fun that we had all
of the children in the park following us to
*Do the Treasure Hunt. Start
the treasure hunt inside or outside by giving
each child a clue to lead to
other clues. The last clue will lead to the
treasure map which will show
where the treasure chest is buried outside.
*If the children want to play
with the clues some more, they can hide them
from each other and have the
lead to a book which I will read once it is
found. (Hint: They have to
hide the book first and work backwards, hiding
clues in a backwards order.
*Blank "Treasure Hunt" book for each child,
markers, pencils or other writing utensils.
*A box for each child--Treasure
*Small objects--beads, pennies, gum machine toys, milk tops or other
tops, buttons, bells, etc.
*A treasure map for each child--depicting
the back yard with an "X" to mark
the spot where that child's
treasure is hidden.
*A large paper "X" to put on the ground
for each of the younger children.
*Small pieces of paper with clues to lead
to the map. (make up clues like
'look under doormat' and 'look on a
chair'--make clues to fit dcks abilities)
*Copy the following rhyme.
Cut into different sections. Glue onto blank
paper and copy to make as
many books as needed.
While searching for treasures the
other day, I found a treasure chest
hidden far away. I
opened the treasure trunk, and what did I find? Wonderful
On top of the pile was a great big
Then, I discovered two old
Next was a shiny black
My favorite was a
The most beautiful treasure was a
The bottom of the treasure chest was filled
*You could have them make ther
own pirate flags
Apple wedges toothpicks and cheese slices make a
pirate ship to eat
Somewhere I saw where you could make a hook out of a paper
cup with maybe a
paper hook on the end!!!!
* We have done a pirate unit at
our center and one of the kid's favorite
activities is to search for buried
treasure. Collect lots of rocks, we use
small ones that fit in their
hands. The kids paint the rocks gold. (The
teachers paint about
40 extra too). Then we hide the "gold" in the sand
outside in the sandbox; letting each child find two buried
Medieval Times--for tales from this
On invitation shaped like a shield
write: A message to you Knights and
Ladies, from all the kingdom around: A
festival awaits your pleasure when
the drawbridge doth come down.
For favors, let kids make knights helmets for boys out
of milk jugs, and
princess hats for girls out of poster board. We play
"Silver Treasure" where
you make silver pieces out of cardboard circles covered
with foil. Tell the
kids that a dragon broke into the castle and stole the
Hide the silver all through the room and have the kids
hunt for it.
We play "castle bowling" where you make pins
out of quart milk
cartons, paint them to look like castles (add a few drops
of dish liquid to
make paint stick). Set them up in bowling fashion and use a
rubber ball to
knock 'em down. For refreshments we make banana nut muffins
with icing and a
chocolate coin on top.
Cut the cardboard into strips
about 5 inches wide, and long enough to go
around child's head cut into a
pattern of your choosing Bend into a circle,
and glue or staple the edges
Paint the crown Glue on decorations Make a fur brim by
gluing on some
~ For the Princesses - Cut a lg circle from
paper, cut once into the center
point, roll and staple to form a cone to fit
the child's head. We used
strips of crepe paper, long pieces of
colorful curling ribbon and tulle (soft
netting) hanging from the top to
decorate. THe children also added color
(paint/marker), jewels and
glitter. I attached elastic to hold them on but
that's really not
1) We used a
"shield" shape cut from paper.
2) Have the child write their
name across the top.
3) Below the name the children
colored stars, strips, suns, animals ect.
to personalize their own
banner. We brainstormed ideas that might have a
personal meaning to a
4) We mounted this on paper that resembled a banner. (Sort of
5) We talked about how royalty would have their own
banners to proclaim
who they were to others. When you saw a banner, be
it on a castle or maybe on a
coach when royalty traveled, you would know who
it belonged to. We compared
this idea to flags of different
*KING or Queen for a
1) On one long edge of each
cardboard strip cut a zigzag edge to make
points like a crown.
Give each child a cardboard strip. Measure it around his/her
allowing enough room for it to overlap slightly. Cut off any
3) Lay the strip lat and let the child decorate
his/her crown with the
jewels, beads, and glitter that are
4) When the glue has dried, staple the ends of the cardboard
form a crown.
*Princess Hat - Roll a large sheet of paper, about 15x24"
into a cone
shape. Tape the ends together. Trim the paper so it
sits evenly on their
head. Stape tissue paper around the edge.
Glue a strip of fabric at the
peak so it hangs down.
*Knight Helmet - Cut the helmet shape from a one-gallon plastic milk
Cover it with aluminum foil. Cut a visor for the unused part of
Cover the visor with foil and attach it to the helmet with brass
Cover the ends of the fasteners inside the helmet with
*Silver Treasure Game - Cut circles from cardboard. Wrap each circle
aluminum foil to represent coins. To Play - Hide the
coins around the
party area. To begin the game, announce that the
dragan has broken into the
castle and ahs taken the silver treasure.
All the princesses and knights look for
the treasure. The one who finds
the most coins becomes a knight of
Dragon - Select various types of
cardboard boxes to make a
dragon shape. Cover the boxes with glue and
construction paper. Decorate
with pieces of cut paper. Add a
paper tail and features to the head. Cut
three long, thin strips of
poster board. Staple the ends of each strip
together to make three
hoops. To Play - Toss the hoops over the
head. The player who gets the most hoops over the head
Bowl the Castle
Over - Cut and discard the top sections from 6
milk cartons. Cover the cartons with glue and paper.
Using sissors, cut
turrets along the top to look like a castle. Add
stone designs and doors
with a marker. To Play - Set up the
castles like pins in bowling. Using a
lightweight ball, have your
guests take turns trying to bowl over
the Stone ---- Cut an egg cup from the bottom of a cardboard
carton for each. Turn it botton side and cut a small slit in the
To make a sword, cover one ice cream stick with aluminum foil.
cut the ends off another ice-cream stick and color it with
the two sticks together.
Cookie sheet or tray
Assorted crackers Jar of peanut butter & plastic
grapes, chocolate chips, dry cereal or any other edible
For neatness' sake, build your castle on a cookie sheet or tray.
crackers vertically to make walls, gluing them to each other with
peanut butter. (If
you have trouble erecting the walls, you can also start by
foundation layer of peanut butter and setting the crackers into
smaller crackers onto larger ones to make doors or window shutters,
cement graham crackers in place as a sloped roof. Decorate with
raisins, cereal or
anything else you can mortar on with peanut
Cinderella or Alice in
Wonderland I always did a
"tea party" and an "un-birthday party"
For the tea party,
we made our own tarts and lemonade.
For the un-birthday party we all made
decorations and hung them up in the
room. We mad and decorated our own
cupcakes. Since we planned this early, we
had a small un-birthday gift
exchange I set a $1.50 limit so we got a lot of
matchbox cars, crayons, and
little golden books. The kids had a blast!
Oh, we have also done Hansel
& Gretel and we made a gingerbread house out of
graham crackers and
Little Red Riding Hood's
Fruit Basket Materials: Variety or fruits (apple, grapes, peach,
whole pineapple, kiwi, ect)
Picnic basket with lid or basket with cloth cover
Little Red Riding Hood cape and bonnet
Place fruits in basket and cover. Teacher
pretends to be Little Red Riding
Hood going to Grandmother's house with a
children to reach into the basket and identify the fruits using
sense of touch. Encourage them to describe how it feels: size
texture. When they pull it out continue with color, smell and
After the activity the fruit can be cut up and the children can have a
Jack and The Beanstalk *There are so
many versions of the Jack and the Beanstalk story-some
different perspectives. How about reading a few and making a
Jack and the Beanstalk (retold and illustrated by Steven
Jim and the Beanstalk (Raymond Briggs)
Jack and the
Beanstalk (retold by Dr. Alvin Granowsky)/Giants Have
(Dr. Alvin Granowsky)
The Beanstalk Bandit (Gerry Lomsky)
Beanstalk (Nick Butterworth an Mick Inkpen)
*when planting beans,
how about experimenting with light/no light,
*plant variety of beans in 1 container-send home with soup recipe (7
*sort beans in sensory
*make bean and cheese quesadillas
(EASY) for a snack
*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
*Sort different varieties of beans.
*Activities with gold coins -
*Trace around teacher or each other and collage 'giant'
*Measure height of children with tape and seriate.
The Gingerbread Man Cookie cutters,
ginger root, spice, Gingernut
biscuits, caramellised ginger on table to
taste and smell.
*Make gingerbread men!
*Fingerpaint using brown
paint. take two relief prints per child. Use
man. Trace and cut. Staple two sides together, stuff with
paper scarps. Add
buttons, sticky dots for eyes. *Sequence pictures
according to recipe.
*Chart 'What we know about the Gingerbread Man' ie fast, cheeky, sweet
*Use small jam jars to create smell pots by placing different spices
each one and puncturing holes through tin lid. Can children identify
*Recall story through role play and use of felt board
Dear Sharon and all,
Here are two Gingerbread Man/Boy
sites. I've done activities from both of these sites!
From the book Once upon a rhyme by Scholastic
Gingerbread Man ( Jimmy Crack Corn)
A baker took some ginger dough
And shaped a man from head to toe.
When it was baked, the cookie fled
Here is what the cookie said:
Run! Run! As fast as you can!
You can't catch me, I 'm the
Run! Run! As fast as you can!
I'm the gingerbread man!
The cookie man ran past a cow
Who said, "i want to eat
The cookie man just laughed and fled,
Here is what the
A farmer saw the man go by,
He chased him low, he
chased him high,
The cookie man just shook his head.
Here is what the
He finally reached a river wide,
A fox asked,
"Would you like a ride?"
The cookie sat on the fox's head,
Here is what the sly fox said:
"You can't run! That's my plan!
I'm going to eat you, gingerbread
You can't run! That's my plan!"
And he ate the gingerbread
Moral of the story... people who boast about their abilities may
someday be caught with their guard down.
Cut the top off the student milk carton. Give each child a piece of
paper folded in fourths. Have them draw a picture of the gingerbread man,
the cow, the farmer and the fox. Glue these to the milk carton so that when the
child inserts their hand the characters are the right way. As the poem is
re read have them turn the carton so the correct character faces forward.
Make gingerbread cookies from scratch. Put all the cooking tools in a
bag and before you pull them out, describe them and see if they can guess the
I give each child a blank gingerbread pattern and have them decorate and put
their name on it. We then post these in the hallway in a tree
pattern for a Christmas wish. :-)
3 Tablespoons gingerbread mix 1 Tablespoon water
one - 5 once waxed paper cup per child one popsicle stick per
child electric skillet
measuring spoons: 2 each -
tablespoon bowls for ingredients labels for names
1.Measure 3 Tablespoons gingerbread mix into the paper cup.
2.Add 1 Tablespoon water and stir.
electric skillet at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
4.Cool and eat.
Be sure to use the waxed cups with a small ridge on the bottom. They can be
purchased at most grocery stores as kitchen cups. You do not need to add
water in the electric skillet! Really . . . it works and the cups do not burn
because of the wax! Place all the cups into the skillet at the same time - one
skillet usually holds at least 20 cups. Place the lid on the skillet and bake
for 15 minutes. To eat, have the children tear the cup and remove the
muffin. Use the recipe cards which follow in a cooking center for the
children to use for directions.