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Folklore and Fairy Tales

Folktales, fairy tales, and fables are types of stories that have been told for many years. They often teach lessons, and might include animals or magical creatures. Today, let’s explore these traditional forms of storytelling.

For Grown-Ups

What you’ll need

Ask About Today

Can you tell me about a fable or fairy tale you enjoy?


est. 40 min

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Anansi and the Sky Kingdom

Anansi is a clever spider in a series of well-known folktales from Ghana. In this story, he uses his tricks to bring light to the world.

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Fixed Fairy Tales

You might know some of these fairy tales, like Humpty Dumpty and The Three Little Pigs. But in these “retellings,” the endings might surprise you!

Arthur’s Puppet Theater

You’re the director of a puppet show! In this game, you’ll tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood, starring Arthur and his friends.


est. 15 min

Story Theater

Stories are fun to read, but they’re also fun to act out. You’re the star!

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Props or costume pieces to go with your camper’s folktale (optional)


Help your camper pick a fairy tale or folktale they know very well. If you have some easy props or costume pieces to add, offer them up, too.


Pretend to be a character in your favorite story! Act out the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Use your animal figurines or some stuffed animals or dolls and let them be the other characters. (Or direct a sibling, if you’ve got one!)


est. 3 min

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The Stinky Cheese Man

You might know the story of the Gingerbread Man. Meet the Stinky Cheese Man in this story by Jon Scieszka, with pictures by Lane Smith.


est. 15 min

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Lulu the Locust Yoga Story

As you listen to this story with Rashmi, try the yoga poses that go along with it.