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Fairy Tales and Fables

Poems and Songs

Cinderella Dressed in Green

Cinderella dressed in green,
Went upstairs to get ice cream,
By mistake,
She spilled her shake,
How many napkins did it take?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11...

by Shel Silverstein

From dusk to dawn,
From town to town,
Without a single clue,
I seek the tender, slender foot
To fit this crystal shoe.
From dusk to dawn,
I try it on
Each damsel that I meet.
And I still love her so, but oh,
I've started hating feet.


Cinderella, stir those ashes.
Cinderella, tie my sashes.
Cinderella, you're always much too slow.

Cinderella, place these laces.
Cinderella, paint our faces.
Tonight's the ball, but you'll stay home, you know.

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood basket in hand.
The Wolf's in the woods,
he's made his own plans.
Your going to Grandma's with a basket of treats
and you don't see his shadow
as it slithers and creeps.

Now, he's cut through the forest to get there ahead.
He's outrun and out-foxed you,
and soon he'll be fed.
For he's lean and he's mean.
He's fierce and he's keen.
He's a hunter, a stalker, a killing machine.

When Goldilocks Went to the House of the Bears

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears
Oh, what did her blue eyes see?

A bowl that was huge and a bowl that was small,
And a bowl that was tiny and that was all,
And she counted them- one, two, three.

A chair that was huge and a chair that was small,
And a chair that was tiny and that was all,
And she counted them- one, two, three.

A bed that was huge and a bed that was small, etc.
And a bed that was tiny and that was all,
And she counted them- one, two, three.

A bear that was huge and a bear that was small,
And a bear that was tiny and that was all,
And they growled at her - ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!


I'm Big Bad Wolf.

I'm Little Pig.

You're very small.

You're very big.
But now I've got you
In my pot.

The water's getting
Very hot.

I'll cook you up
And make a stew.

Why, that's an awful
Thing to do.

Books, Books, Books!

Literacy Activities

Fairy tales lend themselves well to comparing and contrasting.  There are many versions of the Cinderella story that can be compared and contrasted using Venn diagrams.

Have children write their own version of a fairy tale.

Write out a summary of a fairy tale on sentence strips and have the children order the story.

Make up sets of cards that contain fairy tale characters names on them.  Create another set with settings, another with props (such as basket, glass slipper, etc).  Turn the cards face down.  Have children select several character cards, 1 setting card and a couple of prop cards.  Then have them create a new fairy tale using the cards they picked.

Free readers theatre scripts can be obtained from this website:

Math Activities

Provide children with an assortment of geometric paper shapes.  Ask them to use the shapes to create a fairy tale scene. An example could be a castle created using rectangles, triangles and squares.

Read the story of Rapunzel.  After the story provide children (in groups) with a long braid of yarn.  Have them measure the "hair" using several non standard units of measure and then measure using several standard units of measure.  Discuss the importance of standard units.

Create a class graph of favorite fairy tales, favorite characters, worst character, etc.

Cut crowns from yellow fun foam.  Write a number sentence on each crown.  Provide a container of fake jewels.  Have children add fake jewels to each crown to indicate the answer to the number sentence.  

Science and Social Studies Connections

Plant seeds and learn about how plants grow- Jack and the Beanstalk.

Learn about different types of homes around the world- The Three Little Pigs

Learn about bread around the world- The Little Red Hen

Just For Fun

Bake bread or make butter.

Build a castle out of milk jugs.  It takes about 500!

Decorating Ideas


Fairy tale website