Fairy tales are important parts of childhood. They allow you to forget the real world and get lost inside a story. They are perfect for allowing the imagination to run wild – creating beautiful forests, enormous snow covered mountains, and worlds full of magical creatures that can set the stage for all kinds of adventures. Fairy tales are loaded up with magic, fun, and excitement that can encourage both children and adults to embrace their love of reading for the rest of their lives. So find a comfortable corner, make some snacks, and settle in for a day full of happily ever after!
Read Some Favorite Fairy Tales
No matter how young or how old, everyone has a favorite fairy tale! Whether it be Snow White and the Seven Dwarves or The Ugly Duckling, there are fairy tales to make everyone smile. Pick up a few fairy tale books, settle down with your children, and read together. Discover a new favorite fairy tale together, or read some that you haven’t heard before!
Engage Your Children in the Reading
Engaging your children in reading fairy tales can make your time more memorable and enjoyable! Do simple things, such as letting your children provide the sound effects for the animals, or reading the characters’ words in unique voices. Ask your children questions about what they’re reading. For example, question them on what they think is going to happen next in the story, or ask how a certain event makes them feel. Asking them questions while reading can help you make sure their listening skills are developing well, and can let you know if you need to spice up the story in case they are losing interest.
Get creative with fairy tales! If you’ve read a lot of fairy tales and you’re ready to do something other than reading, consider doing some sort of arts and crafts idea. You could build a fairy tale castle out of popsicle sticks and paint it! Another great idea to involve kids is to purchase or build a puppet theater and act out your favorite fairy tales with puppets. You can even create sock or paper bag puppets if you don’t want to purchase them.
Share Fairy Tales with Others
Volunteer for story time at your local library and read fairy tales to smaller children! Put on a play in the neighborhood and invite friends and family to watch and share in the fun. Take turns telling favorite fairy tales and listening – it’s a great way to make some lasting memories with your favorite people!
Tell a Fairy Tale Day is a fun day to celebrate with both kids and adults. After all, everyone loves a fairy tale! There are plenty of ways to celebrate, from fairy tale themed meals and story time, to interactive plays that you and your family could put on together. Getting the whole family involved will make this magical day even better!
by Kelly Gunderman