Boosting Literacy Skills with Fairy Tales


Boosting Literacy Skills with Fairy Tales


I love fairy tales. Even the ones that don’t match my views of how the world should work offer things to talk about. (Girls don’t have to be princesses!) They also show clear literacy principles: character development, story structure, point of view…lots of good stuff!

Evidently, others also consider fairy tales as gold mines for boosting literacy skills. Here are a bunch of ideas for how you can use fairy tales. Although many of the sites are geared for classroom use, each one has activities that would be perfect for home.


Once Upon a Time at Teaching Heart

This site has lots of good ideas for crafts, dramatics (fairy tales are GREAT for acting out!), and writing. There are also a bunch of book recommendations.


10 Fun Fairy Tale Activities from B-Inspired Mama

There are lots of good ideas here. I love the Jack and The Beanstalk Sensory Play link, with a bean-play bin and clothespin people.


Children’s Songs, Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes Activities from DLTK

Each of over ten stories has crafts, puppets, puzzles, and printables. There are also links to nursery rhymes and songs.


Fairy Tales Theme from PreKinders

There are activities and printables. Scroll down to the end for more fairy tale links.


Fairy Tale Arts, Crafts and Activities from Pinterest

There is a variety of ideas here. I like the one for making pipe cleaner people.


Jack and the Beanstalk Activities for Preschoolers and Kindergarten from Squidoo

Check out the three YouTube videos!


Grimm’s Fairy Tales from National Geographic

This site has 12 Grimm fairy tales that are based on a 1914 translation. The presentation is quite interesting.


Stories in the ‘Fairy Tales’ Theme from Speakaboos 

There are 21 fairy tale videos. Each video has animation and text that lights up as it is read. There are also activities to go with each video. This is a nice site.


Are you looking for fairy tale books? Click here for Monday’s book post.







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