Thursday, January 31, 2013

F is for Fairy Tales

For the past two weeks we have studied fairy tales, specifically The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk.

In the past two years, I never covered fairy tales to this extent.  Wow!  I will be doing it again next year!  The children LOVED it!  Fairy tales have wonderful repetition in them, and allow for retelling the story.  I wasn't able to find many activities that were geared to my young preschoolers so I adapted ideas that I found on Pinterest to help us.  I hope you enjoy these "Make it work" fairy tale moments!

 I saw a picture of pig puppets that were similar to these.  If anyone knows where the source could be found,  let me know and I would appreciate it!

The three houses! Adapted the idea from here.  Straw is moss from Hobby Lobby, sticks are small popsicle sticks from Hobby Lobby, and the bricks are rectangle foam pieces.
Circle Time:

We read different versions of The Three Little Pigs and then compared and contrasted. 
We read the Disney version. and then listened to the record of it.

 This was the first time I did a compare and contrast for the kids like this.  I wasn't sure what to expect from them since they had never seen anything like this.  I was extremely pleased with what they remembered from both the stories!

We finished up the different versions with The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark.  They got a kick out of that story!

Story Retelling:

 With the 4/5 class I had them tell me the story as I typed what they said.  I gave a copy to the parents, and kept a copy for their portfolio.  I was looking for them to give me the main elements of the story, and some of the repetition that can be heard.

The following week we continued on with Jack and the Beanstalk.


Initial Idea: Jack and the Beanstalk
 Our project!  Each kid made themselves into a little person.  
They then started climbing the beanstalk!

Circle Time:
I gave them a packet of Magic Beans as they were heading home.  They thought it was pretty cool!

Dramatic Play:
 I have these spray painted beans for counters, but they pulled them out as magic beans.  It was not planned by me for them to do that!

King and Queen Day!

To finish the weeks off, we had a King and Queen Day!  K and Q were also the letters we studied.  We made crowns, made journal entries, and had a special surprise....Royal Treats and the movie Tangled!

 Making crowns.  We had leftover crowns from VBS this past summer.  We ordered them from

Royal Treats: Apple juice in fancy cups and fancy cookies.  We were thinking along the lines of tea and crumpets, but played it safe and did apple juice and cookies.

Whew!  We were busy these past two weeks!

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