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One Minute Fairy Tales
In groups of 4 or 5 ask the children to choose a fairy tale that they all know and give them 10 minutes to prepare a one minute performance of the fairy tale to the rest of the group. Encourage them to focus on the most important plot points and ensuring they have a clear beginning and end.
Character Mix Up
Prepare pieces of paper with a number of different fairy tale characters written on them.
The children pick them out of a hat and make up scenes where these different characters meet, but retain the characteristics that they have in their own fairy tales eg. Goldilocks is still naughty, The three pigs are still scared of the wolf, Red Riding Hood’s granny still has bad eyesight etc. This can be done in pairs or small groups.
This also works well as a creative writing exercise.
Dressing up Box
Using a dressing up or material box allow each child to take one item and use it as inspiration to create a statue of a fairy tale character that the other children can guess.
Think about body languuage and discuss what the children can do to make their statue clear.
To illustrate oral tradition and to show why there are so many different versions of the same fairy tale play a game of Chinese whispers using sentences from fairy tales like, ‘To Jack’s delight, at the very top of the beanstalk he found a huge castle, with the biggest door he’d ever seen’ or ‘Little Red Riding Hood knew that she should not stray from the path, but the flowers in the forest were so inviting’.
Drama is a great way to explore different themes...