For teaching the “Three Little Pigs” I covered one of our play huts with some cheap grass skirts for the straw, and for the stick house, we taped sticks around the opening. For the brick house, we put cardboard on it and colored bricks. In the beginning, the children get to pick what house they get to go into. We had one wolf, and when he was coming, all of the children in the straw house had to run to the next house. Then, we just collapsed the play huts. This was a very popular game.
For snack we make oatmeal (Three Bears porridge, we make extra to use as our large muscle fun. This is very messy but the children love it! It has to be nice outside to do this, first we have relay races with the porridge. We take a spoonful and run, skip, march, ect… to fill up the bowl at the other side of the playground. Then we put the porridge into a small baby pool, add a little water, take off our shoes and socks and walk in it. Very slippery so hold your students hands. They love the feel of this! We have another pool filled with soapy water to wash our feet in.
For fairy tale week we play a game of “Kiss the Frog”. I made a large cutout frog shape from green felt, used a lip rubber stamp to make kisses, laminated them and then put Velcro on the back. Blindfold a child, spin them around and they try to put the “kiss” on the frogs mouth.
As a dance teacher I love to create various ways in which children can delight in their own movements from head to toe.
Jack and the Bean Stalk
This is a great creative movement play for using various parts of the body. Concepts: forward and backward walking light and heavy feet stretching and lifting
Twist paper bags, and staple them together to form a bean stalk. Staple green leaves onto the stalk and hang from a high place at one end of the room. Make a magic line with some masking tape and have children sit on the line. Have the children individually pretend they are Jack tip toeing quietly towards the bean stalk. At the bean stalk, the child then pretends to climb up. Encourage the child to lift their knees and use their arms while climbing. Then you and the other children say, “The Giant is Coming!” The child now becomes the giant, walking backwards, with large heavy giant steps until they are safely back on their magic line.
Play Cinderella’s lost shoe game by telling the children that Cinderella was actually wearing a different kind of shoe to the ball. Have a large basket full of various types of silly shoes (sneakers, roller blades, ballet slippers, clogs, etc.) and remove one shoe. The children become detectives and must match (and describe, discuss) the pairs of shoes until they find the one without a match. That is the one that Cinderella must have been wearing to the ball! Hide a different shoe each time – the children love playing with them and trying them on as well.
I decided it would be fun to create a class fairy tale. We did this by going around the circle with the teacher starting off with “Once upon a time”. Each child was given an opportunity to add to the story. For my nonverbal students, I had pictures of various fairy tale-like characters, places and related items. These students could simply pick out the picture they wanted to add to our fairy tale. When the story was finished, each student got to illustrate their part of the story and we made our own class fairy tale!
For our fairytale and rhyming theme my kids and I did jump rope rhymes. “Cinderella dressed in yellow…” and “Fuzzy was he…” were a lot of fun to jump to.
I made a large frog out of green poster board and then taped it to the wall. I also cut out large lip shapes out of red poster board. The children were blind-folded and turned and then tried to “Plant a kiss on the frog”. We had a really silly time with this one.
For our Cinderella Theme I hid a shoe and the children would have to find the “glass slipper”. My daughter just so happened to have a pair of dress-up shoes that were clear plastic which worked great as our “glass” slipper.