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March into Fun with Books, Stories, and Activities #13

Beauty and the Beast Pretend Play-of-the-Day

The story of Beauty and the Beast and today’s play-of-the-day can help young children deal with the common fear of monsters and scary creatures. Some are afraid of such ordinary things as a vacuum or their own shadow. You can either read this story to your child or tell it using your own words.

Beauty_and_the_Beast_Little_Golden_BookAs a contrast to many other fairy tales, this time the girl comes to the rescue. A merchant, with a beautiful daughter, goes on a journey and picks a rose from a garden. Unfortunately, the garden belongs to a beast who demands the merchant bring back Beauty. She comes and stays, grows to like Beast, but misses her family. Beast lets her return but asks her to come back at a certain time. Beauty stays too long and Beast falls ill but returns just in time to save him from dying. Her kiss turns him back into a prince, breaking the evil witch’s spell.

 boy dancing pretend playThis is a fun story to act out after reading or telling because there’s so much action. Young children love and need to move. After sitting and reading this story, it’s time to get up and move around. Ask your child to walk like a beast or monster. You can do this too. Then, kids can try hopping crawling, jumping, and, if there’s enough space like a whole yard or gym, running like monsters. How would a monster fly? Do monsters swim? Kids may need to be reminded that it’s okay for monsters to growl but only outside or if they use an inside voice.

making faces pretend playMonsters can also make very scary faces and check themselves out in the mirror. Both boys and girls like to pretend being beasts or monsters. Children can use toys to be the characters. On YouTube there are short videos of the Muppets and Thomas the Tank. Here’s another done by kids.

Reading and talking about monsters and beasts, and pretending to be them in active play all help kids cope with fear of monsters. Any concerns with monsters for your child?

March into Fun with Books, Stories, and Activities #12

Cinderella is another fun fairy tale that can inspire play activities, not just for girls but boys also. After reading or telling this story, you can ask your child, “How would Cinderella get the ball if this happened today? Together, you can think of all the ways we have to travel. With blocks, lego, or other construction toys, kids can build some different ways for Cinderella to get around. The story of Cinderella can inspire some construction, art, and pretend play. Continue Reading

March into Fun with Books, Stories, and Activities #11

Sensory stimulation and play activities are vital for young children. The story of The Princess and the Pea inspires a play-of-the-day for the sense of touch. After reading this story, kids may want to explore their sense of touch. They can first lie down on the floor and test out how that feels. Then, they can put a few items down and check how they feel. One of the best things to feel is a hug. Can your child’s play-of-the-day include some fun for the sense of touch?Continue Reading

March into Fun with Books, Stories, and Activities #10

Books are important to share with children for more than just reading. Stories put clothes on bare words, unlike the emperor in the Emperor’s New Clothes. An underlying assumption in this story that clothes can give us information about someone. This is one of the reasons why children use clothes and costumes in their play. For a play-of-the-day, do you have some dress-up clothes your child can use? Playing dress-up is fun for kids—and adults. Costumes is a category in the Oscars.Continue Reading

March into Fun with Books, Stories, and Activities #9

Grab a basket and we’ll go along with Little Red Riding Hood for today’s play-of-the-day to have some fun with colors, walks in the woods, and picnics. After reading or telling the story of Little Red Riding Hood, how about some fun with the color red?Continue Reading

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