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

Cinderella Inspires a Play-of-the-Day

Cinderella is another fun fairy tale that can inspire play activities, not just for girls but boys also. Glass slippers and fairy godmothers are not required.

Cinderella's pumpkin coachCinderella is not much liked by her step-mother and step-sisters and has to do all the work. When the prince invites everyone to a ball, her mother and step-sisters go but Cinderella is stuck at home, crying with disappointment and wishing she could go too.

A fairy godmother appears and turns a pumpkin into a carriage complete with horses and a coachman. Her plain clothes and shoes become a beautiful gown and glass slippers. Cinderella goes to the ball and while she leaves the ball at midnight, as required, she loses one of her slippers. The prince finds it and uses it until he finds Cinderella.

Nowadays we don’t have carriages pulled by horses. 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, such as bus, taxi, ferry, ship, car, truck van, submarine, train, airplane, or rocket ship. After naming some real ones, how about some imaginary ones like a flying saucer or batmobile?

playing with boxesWith blocks, lego, or other construction toys, kids can build some different ways for Cinderella to get around. Kids may also want to use toys or things around the house to make their own bus or car or train or other transportation. Stuffies can go along for the ride. A big box turned on it’s side can be imagined into anything and decorated with crayons or paints for more fun. Where else could it go besides the ball?

The story of Cinderella can inspire some construction, art, and pretend play. Both boys and girls can do any of these. You can pretend to be the fairy godparent and ask your child where he or she would like to go. Maybe your family has a dream of going someplace together?

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

March into Fun with Books, Stories, and Activities #8

The tale of Three Billy Goats Gruff inspires a variety of fun activities for today’s play-of-the-day and encourages us to spend some time outside. Watch out for trolls! Making bridges is an obvious activity. Outside, instead of making bridges, you might be able to go for a walk to find one. Kids can run across the bridge and back…stop in the middle and check out the water below…tuck a few rocks in their pockets to drop over the side. Did you wake up the troll?Continue Reading

March into Fun with Books, Stories, and Activities #7

Goldilocks and the Three Bears is another children’s story that can be used as a play-of-the-day inspiration. What adventures can Goldilocks have at your house? After reading or telling the story, ask your child what might happen if Goldilocks knocked at your door. If Goldilocks came to our house, the first thing she could do is help make the oatmeal….Kids like to be helpful, and chores can be play to them. Once the jobs around the house are done, how about a cup of tea? Maybe the three bears would like to come for a tea party?
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March into Fun with Books, Stories, and Activities #6

Snuggle under a cozy blanket in case you get sleepy after reading the story of Sleeping Beauty and need a nap. Then wake up for some stimulating fun and play. With the time change coming up, this story is very timely, pardon the pun. The sense of time develops slowly for kids and needs lots of experiences. There’s a fun game about time that kids can play outside or inside in a big space called What Time Is It Mr. Wolf? After playing the game, everyone might need a nap. Sweet dreams.Continue Reading

March into Fun with Books, Stories, and Activities #5

The Little Red Hen will help us stir up some fun and learning with her story for today’s play-of-the-day. Do you and your child know this story? Making bread is pretty complicated, so maybe instead you and your child can make up some play dough. Set up some dishes, cutters, and tools and let your child play.Use your preferred recipe and mix up a batch. The Little Red Hen is a good story to use to talk about cooperation and sharing.Continue Reading

March into Fun with Books, Stories, and Activities #4

The story of Rumpelstiltskin inspires today’s play-of-the-day with some name activities. What’s in a name? Lots of fun and learning for kids. A few ways to make names are to use magnetic letters on the fridge, peel and stick foam letters on anything, rolling out the letters with play dough, or stamping it out with paint dabbers. Printing names is often children’s first venture into the world of written communication. We can help them in a variety of ways…Continue Reading

March into Fun with Books, Stories, and Activities #3

Once you have read a book with your child, don’t stop there. It’s just a start to the fun. How about some building along with the Three Little Pigs? The Three Little Pigs are into making houses. Whatever material you have for blocks will work for kids to use to build houses. Knocking them down and building them back up is often part of the fun. The three little Pigs heated up a big pot of water to scare away the wolf. Instead, doesn’t this heat up a pot of learning and fun?Continue Reading

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