Quick Prep Fairy Tale STEAM Centers

Fairy tales is a great theme to do during the month of December. It goes great with your fiction unit in Reading Workshop. You can put these centers out during your center time or you can do these as STEAM challenges after you read the story.

There are many wonderful versions of the fairy tales to make your fairy unit really rich and diverse.

Click on the picture for a list of fairy tales. (Amazon Affiliate link).

Can you Build Rapunzel's Tower?

We Read Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin. Then, I challenged the students to build a tower for Rapunzel. I just pulled out our Legos bin and the students had so much fun building different towers for Rapunzel. We talked about stability and that taller is not always better. It does not need to be complicated and you do not need buy additional materials, than what you already have in your classroom to do a meaningful STEM activity.

Can You Make a Gingerbread Cookie?

We read The Gingerbread Man and The Gingerbread Girl

In the party trays, I included brown play dough, (Michaels usually has brown play dough in November/December.) I included goggle eyes, cookie cutters, buttons, gems, mini erasers and puff balls. I found everything except the play dough at the Dollar Tree.

Can you build a gingerbread house?

Just include holiday erasers and legos.

Or students can make a paper version.Which is available in my Fairy tale Packet. Click the Picture below to check out the packet.

Can You Build a Bridge for The 3 Billy Goats Gruff?

We read The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We made a "river" on the floor using blue paper. The students were challenged to make another bridge for the Billy Goats to cross over. They could use any building toys that they wanted to build their bridge.

Can you make Gingerbread Man or the Gingerbread Girl?

This craft is great for math. The students can use buttons or gumdrops to make simple addition problems.

Or you can copy the gingerbread body onto different shades of brown. Let your students be creative. Then, discuss how every cookie looks different and that what makes them (us) unique.

Can you Build a Safer Wall for Humpty Dumpty?

We read After the Fall by Dan Santat. Then, I gave each student a plastic egg. The students were challenged to build a safer wall for Humpty Dumpty with Legos. I let students build their own. Then, halfway through, I went around and shook the table. We talked about why some walls were more stable than others. After that, they went back and made changes to their wall.

Wow! Look at this wall!