The Importance of Telling Fairy Tales: Why do such strange (but charming!) stories continue to entertain, inspire, and teach us after all this time?
Isn't it amazing that we can still recite the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Three Little Pigs, or even Cinderella, years after they were told to us? Telling or reading fairy tales to children helps them grasp the meaning behind a story and relate to its moral or message. Sometimes a particular fairy tale speaks to a child directly and resonates with them deeply without them even realizing it!
The power of storytelling. During the early developmental stages, hearing fairy tales helps boost children's listening and comprehension. Discover the history behind each fairy tale together to illustrate how stories are told, passed down, recorded, and told again. Plus, hearing a favorite fairy tale over and over again will teach your child how to tell a story in correct chronological order and pay attention to detail.
READING TIP: If your children are babies or toddlers, be sure to choose fairy tale collections with lots of great artwork and illustrations.
Get crafty! Authors like Brothers Grimm, Perrault (Cinderella), and Hans Christian Andersen (The Ugly Duckling) are among the most famous fairy tale writers, but your child can be one too! Celebrate Tell a Fairy Tale Day (February 26) by encouraging your little one to create their very own fairy tale. First, have them read or recite a story. When they've finished, ask them to talk about their favorite parts of the tale. Then, use these elements to help them invent their own. If your child's old enough to write, each of you can write your own and share your different renditions. If your child is not writing yet, record your child's ideas and come up with a story together.
What are your favorite fairy tales? Share the fairy tales you and your children love the most with us!
What if your daughter could become the main character in some of the most beloved fairy tales?Star of the Story
In this magical book, your child flies across Neverland as Peter Pan, walks the Yellow Brick Road as Dorothy, and goes on a legendary dive as Captain Nemo. By the end of the story, your little one will be begging to visit the children's section of the library to find a book that is juuust right for them!
Reading with Babies, Toddlers & Twos, Susan Straub, KJ Dell'Antonia, Rachel Payne.