Today, after reading the book Cinderella, Nyella and Merryn decided that they wanted to put on a Royal Ball. They got work right away planning the event and outfits everyone had to wear. Nyella insisted on being the party planner. Everyone was encouraged to dance and switch partners every song. A stern warning was given that NO kissing was allowed.
This was such a fun family activity. We tried dancing the waltz and sampled different classical songs by various composers. The kids got to vote on which composer they liked best.
This activity kept the kids occupied for 2 hours! Other activities around this theme that you could do are:
*STEM task: Making crowns using found materials
*Making a menu for the party
*Making up a dance and writing down the moves
*Drawing 4 pictures of what happened at your party (First, Then, Next & Finally) and labelling each picture with a sentence.
*Reading fairy tales or fractured fairy tales and making up a new ending.
*Writing a letter to a character in the story.
*Online Dance Lesson for Kids ( I sadly could not find a waltz lesson): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHd2s_saYsQ&t=605s
A Note About Fairy Tales:
When Nyella was 18 months old she tried to ride one of the boys at daycare like a horse. When he didn't comply she put him in thinking chair until he was ready to listen. As both of my girls are very spirited and like to be in charge...I don't see them taking on passive roles in relationships. Having said that, looking at these films gives a great opportunity to look at old stereotypes of a "Damsel in Distress".
A Damsel in Distress is described as beautiful, innocent, and passive. Usually someone or something attacks her and her response is to wait until she is rescued. She is usually rewarded for her good behaviour through marriage to a Prince. Looking at movies such as Cinderella, Snow White and The Little Mermaid, you can ask your child questions about why this role takes away from the character's personal power.
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.