Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Writing Prompts for Favorite Fairy Tale

http://readysetread2me.blogspot.com, fairy tales, writing prompts, writing prompts for fairy tales, fairy tale writing, writer's workshopIn looking through some binders of stuff from college, I found a few fun ways to extend the fairy tale Cinderella. I wish I knew where this list orginated. I found the list in notes from a class. I don't even know which class!! I think these ideas would be lots of fun, but they needed some updates. At the end of the post, I have some updated ways to extend the story of Cinderella. I'd love if you leave a comment and share your ideas.


After reading the fairy tale Cinderella:

Write a letter to "Dear Abby" from Cinderella while she was a Cinder girl and then create Abby's reply.
Create an invitation to the ball.
Write a newspaper headline and article for the ball from a tabloid.
Write and illustrate directions to the palace.
Write a script for a play or TV program based on the story.
Create an advertisement for glass slippers.
Write a thank you note to the Fairy Godmother.
Plan a bridal shower for Cinderella.
Write a menu and recipes for a royal wedding.
Develop and write a legal argument claiming bullying of Cinderella by her step-mothers and step-sisters.
Create a wedding album of the wedding.
Ok, reader friends. Here is your writing assignment:
Write a tweet from the prince after he found the glass slipper.
Write a status update from Cinderella after she got home from the ball.

I can't wait to see your creativity shine!

If you are looking for other ways to use writing to extend the reading of favorite tales, check out this post from Layers of Learning. The authors share prompts such as:
What if the wolf had really been the good guy in Little Red Riding Hood?
How would Goldilocks and the Three Giraffes go?
and more!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Using Prop Baskets to Introduce Fairy Tales


Welcome to a week of Fairy Tale magic. There is a royal wedding this week and when I think of princes and princesses, I tend to think of the "Happily Ever After" of some of our best loved fairy tales.

When  beginning a Fairy Tale unit, it is a good idea to determine the knowledge children have about Fairy Tales. One way to determine this is to create prop baskets.

Tell your child  that someone left some belongings at your house (or in the classroom) and have them try to guess who the mystery person might be. I usually start with...

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Cleaning rags, gloves, wand, satin, tiara. (A small plastic doll shoe would look great in here too!)
You guessed it, Cinderella.

You might try another pretty easy one...

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Straw, sticks, and bricks.
Yep, the three little pigs.
If you're having fun with it, go on.


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Cow, magic beans, golden egg, bean stalk

Did you guess Jack and the Bean Stalk?

Did you know?
Fairy Tales were given their name when the tales were put into books. The publishers put fairies on the front of books to make them more appealing to children. They were actually just folklore of countries.
I don't know if any of these books have fairies on the front cover, but I think your child might find some of them appealing.


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The Three Little Pigs (Reading Railroad Books), fairy tales, children fairy tales, fairy tales for kids, classic fairy tales, famous fairy tales, ready set read, image, book activities, activities for kidsThe Three Little Pigs by James Marshall


You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together (suggested by Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns)


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Check these out if you'd like a twist on the more traditional fairy tales (These are for older readers, not toddlers like my boys. You really need to have a background on the fairy tales before you'll "get" these books. Plus, some of them might be too scary for the boys :)
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The Frog Prince, Continued (Picture Puffins), Jon Scieszka, fairy tales, children fairy tales, fairy tales for kids, classic fairy tales, famous fairy tales, ready set read, image, book activities, picture books, The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka

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For using fairy tales with the toddler/ preschooler crowd, you might have to think outside the book. Check out these examples from The Book Chook. You could try watching a Disney movie of your favorite tale. I love the Disney version of Cinderella! You will also find a ton of links to fairy tale resources on Youtube.
We also have learned the basic fairy tales by watching Blues Clues and Barney. They often reinact them and make them funny instead of scary!

Does your child have a favorite Fairy Tale?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Egg Hunt Scribbling

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I was recently offered these free Pooh Coloring Sheets from Disney in honor of Pooh returning to theaters this summer (July 15th).  The coloring sheets are free to download for all of my readers.Go check them out!

Using these color sheets, Logan and I practiced the early writing skill of scribbling. We have just started the Handwriting without Tears program, and I used some of their methods.
I began by telling Logan we were going on an "Egg hunt'.
"Where have you seen eggs lately? What color were they?"
Then we looked at the coloring sheets.
"Let's find the eggs" *point*
Then I demonstrated scribbling.

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Scribble: Have your child aim the crayon and put it on the egg. The little finger of the hand that his holding the crayon should rest on the paper. Have the child use the other hand to help hold the paper. Don't lift the crayon or hand, just wiggle and scribble.


"Let's scribble eggs." *Put the crayon on the egg and scribble.


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Oh, and don't look at his grip. Like I said, we JUST started HWT (and he is only two ;)
 Of course, if you have children competent in coloring, you can just give them these cute sheets for coloring fun.
Pooh's Easter Basket After scribbling for a while, relax your hands by reading Pooh's Easter Basket!

I'm linking this up. This week I am featured on It's Playtime! link up. I was so excited when Jamie from hands on: as we grow notified me that she had picked my Easter Egg Pick Up baby activity to include in a whole slew of baby activities.

You can see this weeks play ideas here. There are usually close to 100 play ideas on this link up. Pretty cool.




Thursday, April 21, 2011

Here Comes Peter Cottontail, Hopping Down the Tissue Trail

Since this week is Earth Day, JDaniel4'sMom and The Activity Mom are hosting a Tissue Box Challenge. The idea is to reuse a tissue box in a fun way with your kids.  Who doesn't love a great challenge?
In keeping with the Easter theme, I decided to help Logan transform a tissue box into Peter Cottontail!
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First,  paint your box white. Of course, you could paint yours any color you desire for your rabbit.
Just a tip, don't leave the tissue box outside to "dry" on a windy day. Our rabbit collected all sorts of undesirable objects on his backside. We had to fix him up by gluing on white paper.
Let your rabbit dry.
Create the bunny's face, ears, and feet. You will need 2 circles for the face and ears. I used white craft foam. Paper should work equally well. Another idea would be to use two small white paper plates.

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On one circle, draw lines like this:

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When you cut it out, you will have 2 ears and a bow tie. (Although, I couldn't decide where to put my bowtie so I left it off of the bunny.)
You will also need pink for the inside of the ears (or you can just color the inside of the ear pink).
You will need 2 pink rectangles for the whiskers and a pink heart shape for the nose.

Crisscross the pink rectangles to make the whiskers and glue the nose on top.
Add eyes and a mouth.
Glue the bunny's face above the tissue box opening.
For the bunny's feet, you will need to make a shape similar to a boomerang.

A cottonball glued to the backside will make a cute little cotton tail.

To create the bunny's pink belly, use pink Easter grass. Better yet, get some used pink construction paper and run it through a shredder to reuse paper. Thanks for Teach Preschool for the tip on making Easter grass out of construction paper.
Put the easter grass in the opening. Add some eggs if you desire.

Here comes Peter Cottontail!
Go check out other uses for a common tissue box at the Tissue Box challenge.

I'm also linking up here:


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Monday, April 18, 2011

Stuff your Easter Baskets Full of Great Books



Will the Easter bunny be bringing your child any books this year? Hop on in for some Easter basket book suggestions:
Little White RabbitLittle White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes- see my review plus a craft here.
Here Comes T. Rex Cottontail by Lois Grambling- When Peter Cottontail is unavailable to deliver Easter treats, T-Rex has to step in as Easter bunny. Here comes T-Rex Cottontail

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A ChickThere was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Chick by Lucille Coandro Cute Easter take on the familiar There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly. This old lady swallows a chick and all the items needed for an Easter basket.
The Story of EasterThe Story of Easter by Patricia Pingry Tells the Easter story in language toddlers and preschoolers can understand. I love the ending where it says that Jesus had to give his life so we could have life!
The Night Before EasterThe Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing - Uses the familiar Twas the Night before Christmas story but includes all the elements of Easter. I always enjoy Natasha Wing's writing style and humor.
Pooh's Easter BasketPooh's Easter Basket Cute book about colors. Each of the Winnie the Pooh characters find eggs of different colors.

Where Are Baby's Easter Eggs?: A Lift-the-Flap BookWhere are Baby's Easter Eggs? by Karen Katz. Cute story that takes baby on a lift the flap adventure to find hidden Easter eggs. Tyson got this book last year for Easter. We have had to reinforce the flaps since then. I guess it is just well loved!Where are Baby's Easter Eggs

So, what's going in my boy's baskets on Sunday?
Press HereLogan is getting a non-Easter themed book. Press Here by Herve Tullet. I've heard some buzz on this book and was going to get it for him for his birthday but I can't wait- so Easter present it is!
Easter (Slide & Find)Tyson is getting Slide and Find Easter by Roger Priddy- Tyson loves finding hidden items in books. The slides in this book are very sturdy!


Looking for more Easter Basket suggestions? Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile has 76 suggestions collected by her readers for great Easter Basket books.

You should also check out this week's What my Child is Reading. You'll be sure to find great book selections for all ages.

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