Did you know that there are over 700 different variations of the Cinderella story told in nations all across the world? Not only are fairy tales universal, but also, every generation keeps telling and re-telling these stories with their own twist.
Poets, too, have joined in the fairy tale fun. From reinterpretations of classic tales to enchanting depictions of magical creatures, there is a world of fairy-related poetry to build your teatime around. Use the following lists of activities, food, decorations, and collections to get your fairy tale-themed poetry teatime started!
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There's no need to do all of these. Feel free to pick and choose!
Establish a royal fairy court.
Make crowns and assign everyone a role in the royal fairy kingdom.
- brown paper bag
- glue or tape
Include a fire-breathing dragon.
Every fairy tale needs a dragon! Here's an easy way to make one or more for your Poetry Teatime (note: the website with the instructions isn't loading for us but the photo on Pinterest that we've linked to gives you a good idea of how to make it).
- paper or plastic cup
- red/orange/yellow streamers
Construct a castle centerpiece.
Build a simple but fantastical centerpiece using a paper towel roll and a few TP rolls! Complete instructions are at Red Ted Art.
Use puppets of your favorite fairy tale stories.
Act out fairy tales or have your puppets recite a poem.
Make your own stick puppets with
- Popsicle sticks
- tape or glue
There are also adorable finger puppets for purchase on Etsy.
Little Red Riding Hood
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Make fairy tale coloring books available.
Some children enjoying coloring while listening to poetry. You might using these coloring pages for a fairy tale theme: Richard Doyle’s Fairyland Coloring Book or the Garden Fairy Alphabet Coloring Book.
- Offer berries & nuts as “food from the forest.”
- Toadstool Cupcakes. All you need is red frosting and round white candies.
- Blue Fairy Wands (pretzels dipped in white chocolate with blue sprinkles) and more!
- Princess Crown Cookies."Sprinkles and Sixlets make the world a happy place."
Fairy Tale Poetry
Laura Ingalls Wilder's Fairy Poems
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
The Dragons are Singing Tonight by Jack Prelutsky
Mirror, Mirror and Follow, Follow by Marilyn Singer
Fairyland in Art and Poetry by Richard Doyle
If You See a Fairy Ring: A Rich Treasury of Classic Fairy Poems by Susanna Lockhart
The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Marie Barker
Fairies, Trolls, and Goblins Galore by Dilys Evans
Monday’s Troll by Jack Prelutsky
Top Ten Fairy Tale Poems compiled by Tweetspeak
Fairy Tale Crafts and Activities