Make it a magical day with your little gnomes or fairies!
Fairy tales are one of humanities oldest forms of storytelling. The origins of some tales can be traced back as far as the Bronze Age. Children love fairy tales because they draw them in and transport them to another place – making them feel things like happiness, fear and excitement.
Kids first learn the rhythm and foundations of fairy tales as toddlers and pre-readers. They experience feelings of contentment and joy as they re-discover beloved tales as older children while reading novels or chapter books.
Children will always be drawn to the magic of a good fairy tale. Reading helps children with literacy comprehension and gives them perspective. Help your children create their own stories through reading and play. Craft is also a great way to foster creativity and allow children to understand the story in a different way. Enjoy these fun books, activities and resources at home!
Fairy tales resources to borrow from the library
- Fairy tales by Annalees Lim
- Indian children's favourite stories: fables, myths and fairy tales retold by Rosemarie Somaiah
- It's fun to write fairy tales by Ruth Thomson.
- Three Korean fairy tales: beloved stories and legends by Kim So-Un
- The Usborne fairy tale treasury by Rosie Dickins
- 50 fairy things to make & do by Minna Lacey and Katrina Fearn
- How to make fairy houses by Samara Welbourne.
- The ultimate guide to gardening: grow your own indoor, vegetable, fairy, and other great gardens by Lisa J. Amstutz
- Hickory dickory dash by Tony Wilson
- Little Bo Peep flip-side rhymes by Christopher Harbo
- There was an old lady who swallowed an egg by Paul Crumble
- The cow tripped over the moon by Tony Wilson
- Famous Fairy Tales by Story Berries (free online resource)
Shake off the excess energy with a family dance off with these resources
- Nursery rhymes by The Wiggles.
- Apples & bananas: A wiggly collection of nursery rhymes by The Wiggles.
- Play school Once upon a time
- Nursery Rhymes on Freegal
- Fairy Tales an Enchanting Collection of Adventures on Freegal
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Movies to get in the magical mood
- Hansel and Gretel
- The Elves and the Shoemaker
- The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
- Gulliver’s Travels
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Things to make and do
There is a huge range of blogs and websites with so many craft ideas. Here is a range of them to get you started. Have fun!
Trolls and magic
- The Frog Prince – You and your little one can make your own frog prince from an egg carton, craft paper, paint and glue.
- The Beauty and the Beast – Encourage imagination and pretend play with this magic mirror – what can you see in the mirror?
- The Three Billy Goats Gruff Troll – Make that grumpy troll through smoosh art – add on scrap paper horns and eyes for an extra mean troll.
- Fairy Godmothers Wand –Make a simple wand for small hands with ribbon, glue and Popsicle sticks. Decorate with glitter, paint or coloured washi tape.
- Fairies and Princess Cork People – Using corks, wool and texters, make a little Cork person that looks like whoever they want.
- The Leprechaun King – A mischievous Leprechaun King made from toilet rolls and craft paper.
- Fairy Tale Science – These Frozen inspired royal treasures will surely inspire. A fun experiment with baking soda, vinegar and glitter.
Heroes and dragons
- Fire Breathing Dragon – Your toddlers will love to see this dragon blowing fire! Make a colourful dragon from a toilet roll.
- Cardboard Sword – Using empty wrapping paper tubes and imagination, turn a cardboard tube into a sword for slaying dragons.
- A Knights Shield – A hero needs a sword and a shield to deal with a big dragon! Make a hand painted shield with card paper and paints.
- Incy Wincy Spider – Great for storytelling and acting out the main parts of the song, make your own friendly spider to sing along with.
- Twinkle Little Star – This song is most likely one of the first your toddler will hear, it is timeless and charming. Create a beautiful star mobile to accompany your singing.
- The Dish and the Spoon – Help your child to visualise the dish and the spoon by creating their own version of the characters.
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