I have always loved fairy tales. There’s just something so magical about being transported into another land- someplace where frogs talk, candy houses are real, and mermaids swim in the deep sea. I wanted to pass this love of fairy tales down to my kiddos. Of course, we read almost all of them, watched movies, and drew pictures. Our favorite activity though was a club we did last year called Enchanted Engineering also known as fairy tale STEM.
Enchanted Engineering is an awesome activity for a co-op or a homeschool group. It can be done at home as well. We had a blast with our small homeschool group focusing on one fairy tale project each month. I’ll give you a few ideas so you can have some fun with STEM and fairy tales with your kids! Here’s a little tip-start saving loads of recycled materials.
Build a Slide for Rapunzel-
We loved this version of Rapunzel found in Mary Engelbreit’s Fairy Tales: Twelve Timeless Treasures that I read aloud. Then the kids got to work on building Rapunzel slides to escape her tower. That would have saved her a lot of trouble!
- Cardboard Tubes, as many as you can save up. They can be cut and taped to form your slide.
- Duck Tape
- Bits of Foil or cardboard
- Markers and Stickers
- Little doll to use to test your slides like this one
Construct a New Bed or Chair for Baby Bear-
The kids had a blast with this one! First, enjoy reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Then let the kids get to work creating beds or chairs for Baby Bear. I couldn’t believe how creative all the children got with the materials I set out for them!
- Recycled Cardboard and Tubes
- Index Cards
- Pipe Cleaners
- Duck Tape and Glue Sticks
- Teddy Graham cookies make a fun snack 🙂
Build a Raft for The Billy Goat Brothers-
Who doesn’t love some water play? After reading The Three Billy Goats Gruff we used recycled materials to build rafts so the goats could escape the mean troll! We brought buckets and bins to the park and filled them up so the kids could test their creations.
- Bins with Water
- Index Cards
- Recycled Cardboard
- Duck Tape
- Plastic Straws
- Popsicle Sticks
- Recycled Foam and Plastic
- Little Goat Figure from this Safari Ltd Petting Zoo TOOB
Help Jack Escape With a Golden Egg Experiment-
This activity was by far their favorite all year! I loved watching them go back multiple times to adjust their creations. We started by reading Jack and the Beanstalk at the park. Then the kids used recycled materials to pad their eggs to, hopefully, keep them safe from breaking as we dropped them from the top of the play structure! Be sure to pick a park with a high enough play structure to really drop the egg far, also it’s a good idea to bring wipes for this one 😉 We dropped a control egg with no padding first, they loved that!
- A Dozen ( or more) Eggs
- Gallon Sized Ziploc Bags ( we put every egg package inside a bag to minimize mess)
- Any and All Recycled Materials- Packing foam, cardboard, plastic containers, foil, plastic cups, plastic bags ect…
- Tape and String
I hope you have as much fun with these activities as we did! It’s amazing to see what kids can do with a few recycled materials and some tape. Send me a comment to let me know which one your children liked best! Have fun creating and may you live happily ever after!
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