Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hansel and Gretel

A.'s favorite story these days is Hansel and Gretel, so we decided to spend a week getting more involved with the story.  Her preferred version is the Usborne Books one, which takes a humorously modern approach. I grew up with the Golden Books version-- also fun. Any library worth its salt will have at least five different picture books of Hansel and Gretel, though, and we certainly had fun with the pile we found at ours!

A. loves the story so much that I splurged on her birthday and bought her the Story Box from Steve Light. She loves playing with it, and we reenact the story together, but I'm not exactly sure why the plot needed so much revamping. Without the stepmother, the whole moral of the story changes and Hansel loses his opportunity to show his cleverness, but the kids like it anyway.

A fun, sweet activity that went well with this theme was making sugar cookies in the shapes of the gingerbread house and Hansel and Gretel.

I liked this website with 10 free activities to go along with Hansel and Gretel.  The finger puppets are fun!