Fairy Tales Theme

Pre-K & Preschool theme ideas for learning about fairy tales

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Books

Check here for a complete list of Fairy Tale Books!

The Three Little Pigs

{Art}
We make the houses of the Three Little Pigs by gluing on raffia pieces (straw), toothpicks (sticks), and small rectangles of red foam (bricks). We talk about the sequence of the story (which house did the wolf come to first, second, third), and make the houses on the paper in that sequence. The children dictate a few sentences to retell the story.

Three Little Pigs

The Three Bears

{Math}
Add bear family cookie cutters (made by Wilton) to the play dough area. Children use these to cut out the different sizes of bears to make the bear family. (I also use these during my Families Theme, but children enjoy seeing previously used materials get rotated back in to the centers.)

Three Bears

Princess on the Pea

{Math}
We use two beds from our dollhouse furniture for this game. The children take turns rolling dice and taking that amount of mattresses (cut from craft foam) to put on the bed. When all mattresses are gone, the child with the most mattresses on the bed is the “true princess” or prince.

Princess on the Pea

Jack and the Beanstalk

{Science}
We grow our own small beanstalks by planting lima beans in a cup.

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Fisherman and His Wife

{Math}
We use a blue shower liner on the floor for the water. Paper fish have 0-10 dots on them, with a paperclip attached, and are tossed onto the “water”. Children catch a fish with magnetic fishing pole, count the dots, and write or stamp the numeral on a fish cutout. The magnetic fishing poles are made with a magnet wand tied to a rhythm stick (or dowel rod) with string.

Fisherman and His Wife

Gingerbread Man

See the Gingerbread Unit page for Gingerbread Man activities.

Queen of Hearts Tarts

{Cooking}
Tarts are often made during the medieval ages. Children make their own tarts with this recipe:
Mix two spoonfuls of cream cheese with two spoonfuls of strawberry preserves in a cup. Spread the mixture onto vanilla wafers, and add a heart-shaped candy (red hots or other candy).

Gold Crowns

{Art}
We make crowns out of plain construction paper. We paint them with gold glitter paint, and add some sequins for “jewels”.

fairy tale crowns to make with kids

Fairy Tale Retelling

{Literacy}
A large sheet paper is folded in half, like a story book. The children draw a picture of one of their favorite fairy tale characters on the front. On the inside, they dictate their retelling of the fairy tale.

Fairy Tale Graph

{Math}
Each child writes their name on an index card, chooses a favorite fairy tale, and places their card on the pocket chart graph. We count and compare the results: what has the most/least/same? I pick about 5 fairy tales for the children to choose from and place pictures of those fairy tales at the top of the pocket chart.

fairy tale graph

Bejeweled Bingo

{Math, Literacy}
Use plastic jewels to cover the letter/number/shape on the bingo cards. We use these to play alphabet bingo, number bingo, shape bingo, or rhyming bingo.

jewel bingo

Musical Jewels Game

{Math}
We place the classroom chairs (“thrones”) around the circle. I place plastic jewels (from a craft store) only on certain chairs. Children march around the circle. When the music stops, they must find a throne to sit in. If a jewel is there, they take it. The children keep a count of how many jewels they have collected.

Jewels

Jewel Strings

{Math}
Children use strings of plastic “jewels” that have various amounts of jewels on them (1-10 jewels). Children count the jewels on the jewel strings and match them to another string of jewels of the same amount.

jewel string math

Jewel Patterns

{Math}
Children make patterns on a pattern grid card using plastic jewels from a craft store. You can also use paper crowns from the dollar store and have children place jewels on each point of a paper crown in a pattern. We practice making patterns by size and color.

jewel patterns

Crown Grid Game

{Math}
Read about about print here: Grid Games

Crown Grid Game

Castles

{Science}
In the Block Center, the children construct castles with the large and small blocks. I take photos of them to make a book of castle designs.

block castles

Medieval Feast

{Cooking}
Mead: In the Medieval Ages, people drank mead because the water was unclean. We made our own mead with this recipe: Mix a spoonful (or more) of honey in a cup of water. Add a few squirts of lemon or orange juice and sprinkle on some nutmeg. Stir and drink.
Medieval Dessert: Sprinkle cinnamon on a pear half. Warm in the microwave.

Castle Prop Box

{Dramatic Play Center}
Cone-shaped princess hats (can make with paper and streamers), Crowns, Fancy shoes, Robes (red capes with white fur), Princess dresses, Chair for throne, Cardboard box castle.

Rhymes

Queen of Hearts Nursery Rhyme

The queen of hearts,
She made some tarts
All on a summer’s day.

The knave of hearts,
He stole those tarts
And took them clean away.

Songs

Sing a Song of Sixpence

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocketful of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing.
Wasn’t that a dainty dish
To set before the king?

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