Tell a Fairy Tale Day
Celebrated annually on February 26th, it's a day to have some fun and tell some fairy tales in whatever way suits your fancy. And just in case you're stuck for ideas, we've collected a few suggestions to get you started:
You can have a ton of fun creating your very own original fairy tale. Need help getting started? No problem. Here are a few basic guidelines on what makes a fairy tale...a fairy tale:
- The story begins at a non-specific point (such as: "Once upon a time..." or "A long, long time ago, in a kingdom far away...").
- Things tend to happen in threes.
- There is usually some type of royalty involved.
- Some sort of good vs evil theme is always a good bet.
- Some sort of magic is typically included (say, a talking animal, perhaps, or a magic sword).
- Often, there is some type of quest to be embarked upon, or a difficult task to be completed, before the hero/heroine can accomplish their goal.
- A lesson is usually found at the end.
- Most endings are of the "Happily Ever After" sort...but not always. There could instead be a "cautionary tale" aspect to the ending.
Find Some Ready-Made Fairy Tales to Share
- Visit your local library and check out some of your fave fairy tales to share with your loved ones, no matter their ages. Or look for fairy tales that are new-to-you. Children, or adults, or preteens...even teens* love a good fairy tale. (*Yes, you do. You know you do - especially if that fairy tale is of the Fractured Fairy Tale type, or maybe even a picture book with some really awesome illustrations.)
- Wander the aisles of your local bookstore, browsing their fairy tale collections, until you find a couple of fairy tale books that you just have to have. Stories so powerful that they've stayed in people's hearts and minds over so many, many years must certainly be worth adding to your own collection of books, right?
- Visit this Pinterest Tell a Fairy Tale page for a fun, informal game of "Guess the Fairy Tale."
- The World of Tales web page has a large collection of fairy tales you can read online for free. The tales are from a variety of cultures, and also include folktales and fables.
Watch Some Videos
- Older kiddos and teens will enjoy these videos based on Roald Dahl's book, Revolting Rhymes, where Dahl gives traditional fairy tales some darkly funny twists, in verse form, no less, that will have the older kids (and kids-at-heart) giggling.
- The little guys will find these videos a bit more to their liking - more on the lines of the traditional, happy tales they know and love.
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However you choose to celebrate Tell a Fairy Tale Day, we hope the fairy tales you enjoy today live on in your heart...happily ever after.