I use “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” to teach opposites. I explain what opposites are and read the story. I then go back through and have the children stop me when they hear an opposite. We make a list of all the opposites from the book then brainstorm for more.
Cut a square shaped window from a piece of cardboard. Save the cut piece and glue it to the back of the cardboard for a stand. Then cut a curtain shape from foil paper and glue it to the top of the cardboard. Now you have a puppet stage! Children can decorate the cardboard with sequins, glitter, stickers etc. Depending on the age of your class, the kids can do some of the cutting and gluing.
When doing a theme on fairy tales, we made crowns and were princess and princes for the day. We entitled our lunch as the king’s feast. We made the crowns out of teacher’s border edging and gemstones, they turned out beautiful.
Fairy Tale week is one of my favorite. Ideas for “Jack and the Beanstalk” include giant cutout footprints leading from the door to out reading area, a beanstalk made from bulletin board paper hanging from the ceiling, and hunting for golden eggs (plastic eggs sprayed with gold paint).
Every year all five kindergarten teachers team up to have a Story Land Festival. This is usually held on a Friday and takes most of our morning. We set up various centers relating to fairytales and favorite stories. Each student rotates through each center. Some centers are inside and some are outside. We begin our Festival with a parade of story book characters. Each student is encouraged to dress up as their favorite character and we walk the halls to show off our costumes. Then we go to centers:
Twinkle Headbands, use stars and glitter to create a cute star headband, for twinkle twinkle little star.
Mittens, cut out a mitten shape and punch holes around the edges, let students lace using yarn. Three Little Kittens
Pig Face, use a large paper plate and create a pig. Three little pigs.
Mary Contrary’s Flower, use small paper plate, glue sunflower seeds in the middle. Tear pieces of paper to form petals. Mary Mary Quite Contrary
Miss Muffet Spider Webs, Student lay paper over glue webs to make web rubbings. Use the thumb print dipped in paint to create the spider.
Gingerbread boy, gingerbread boy cut outs and lots of decorations. Students decorate them as they like.
Hansel & Gretel House, sandwich bread (one square piece and one cut in a triangle) form a house shape. Spread with peanut butter, then allow students to decorate with mini-marshmallows, colored cereal, stick pretzels etc.
Little Boy Blue hayride, use your digital camera to capture cute action photos Little Boy Blue haystack.
Humpty Dumpty Egg Relay
Jack Be Nimble Candle Jump
Old Woman in the Shoe Mix Snack time
Alice’s tea party, serve cookies and tea
We recently did a unit on Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes. The children loved it! I asked parents to donate any old clothes to be used as dress up and we received several old prom and formal dresses, and a few suits. The girls and boys alike loved becoming a princess or prince during center time. One mother donated a Barney outfit that her child had worn for Halloween one year and that became our “Dragon”. We adapted the clothes to be used in almost every center.
I have created props to encourage participation in “skits” of common tales such as “Goldilocks and The Three Bears” I have three bowls in three sizes, three pillows for the beds, a tie for Papa Bear, a necklace for Mama Bear and a bib for Baby Bear. I also made a Goldilocks wig by tying golden curling ribbon on an inexpensive headband, then curling it! Bear ears were made from headbands as well. This activity promotes memory, retelling and an ability to be in front of others and boy, is it fun!!!
Consider a castle theme. This started as emergent curriculum from our community study. We had the children use boxes, paper cones (like the ones on water coolers,) and lots and lots of cardboard tubes to make a castle. They painted the castle with sponge rollers and tempera paint in pastel colors. We have strung colored macaroni for “jewels” and made crowns with sequins for more jewels. Some children made princess hats out of cone shaped paper. We turned chairs into thrones by adding a pillow and tin foil covered toilet tissue tubes. We made horses with a long wrapping paper tube, paper bag, yarn and markers. We are making costumes out of old pillow cases with head and arm holes cut out. Use your own and the kids imagination and this may well be your favorite theme too! Finish up with a castle feast party inviting all your parents to see the kids dressed up. Don’t forget a wide selection of fairy tale books e.g. Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Princess and the Pea, Cinderella etc.
Turn your dramatic play center into a castle. Cut one side off a large appliance box (refrigerator size) open to stand. Then cut top to resemble a castle. You can cut windows and doors too. Provide the children with old formal dresses and suits to dress up. They can also make crowns and “jewels” with plastic beads, sequins and construction paper. We use this center during October and the kids love it!
For Mother’s Day last year, we acted out the Cinderella story, and I took pictures along the way (two girls getting another ready for the ball, Cinderella scrubbing the floor, etc.). Then when I got the pictures developed, we put them into a little book and wrote the story in it. They turned out cute.