Fairy Tale Flip – Research-Backed, At-Home Activities – Bay Area Discovery Museum

Fairy Tale Flip

Tell a familiar fairytale from a new perspective! Putting a creative spin on a well-known story helps children explore imagination and flexibility, important facets of creative thinking.

Learning Goals:

  • Make Thoughtful Decisions
  • Communicate Thinking
Materials Required:
  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil to write with
  • A book of fairytales (optional)


  • Choose a fairytale to retell through the eyes of a character or object other than the main protagonist. Consider these alternate story angles and points of view:
    • A story from the seven dwarves’ perspective.
    • A story of the adventures of Mary’s little lamb.
    • A story from the point of view of the witch in Hansel and Gretel.
    • What would the beanstalk in Jack and the Beanstalk say about Jack, his mother and the Giant if he it was the storyteller?
  • Write down your child’s reimagined story, including as many details as possible.

Tips for Adults:

  • Act out your child’s newly written fairy tale! You can make a set, costumes, and props with items from around the house and assign parts to family members. Encouraging children to engage in imaginary play is important, even as children reach the elementary school years.


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