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Fairy Tale Activities Make Learning Fun! (Includes FREE download!)

This is a guest post by Susan Paul, who will be contributing a series of posts over the next few months. If you like what you see here, check back frequently for more posts from here and  click here to read her blog, The Fun Factory Click here to see her other posts on our blog!

My last two blog posts were about fairy tales. The posts discussed the importance of reading fairy tales for teaching the basics of story elements, teaching the difference between fiction and non-fiction and making predictions. Enriching a child’s imagination and creativity by using fairy tales was also discussed as was the connection to problem solving.

Today I would like to talk about another reason we should read fairy tales to our children. How about because  children love them ?! How many times do children beg to hear  Goldilocks and the Three Bears   or  Three Little Pigs   over and over again? They don’t ask to reread the stories because they are learning skills. Children ask for rereads because they love the stories!

One story the kids ask to read over and over again is  The Princess and the Frog The  Story World Real World  is great to use when the kids ask to re-read the story again and again because their love of the story makes it easy to bridge to the nonfiction books  Fantastic Frogs   and  Castles . These  books provide fun and interesting facts that tie into the elements of  The Princess and the Frog Fantastic Frogs    helps teach interesting,  fun  facts about frogs.  Castles    describes what life was like inside real castles. What I found was that the students not only asked to reread  The Princess and the Frog they also asked to reread  Fantastic Frogs   and  Castles    over and over again!!

In conclusion, remember that we must read fairy tales to children for many reasons. But the most important reason to a child is because they love them!


Susan Paul is an Early Childhood Specialist from Houston, Texas. Susan has taught more years than she is willing to admit, all in prekindergarten through second grade. Her passion is in pre-K but she has the most years in second grade. Susan loves dressing up as different book characters and has written a book. The book is a collection of songs she has written over the last twenty-five years to help teach skills and transitions. Visit Susan at  her Facebook page blog and  on Teachers Pay Teachers  for more great teaching ideas .


For more information about the  Story World Real World series shown in this post, click here to visit our website, or click the image on the left below to download a series information sheet with key features. To download the freebie, click the image to the right.