October is the time that grocery store shelves are lined with all kinds of fun candy! What better time to read Hansel and Gretel – a story about two children who discover a candy house in the woods. How did they find this house? What happens when they begin to nibble on it? Will they ever get back home?
Hansel and Gretel is a classic fairy tale. There are so many print versions available to choose from. It should be easy to find one at your local library. There are also numerous versions available online if you can’t get one at your library. Because there are so many versions available, this would be a great time to complete a Venn diagram. Choose two versions of the story to read.
Then, discuss the similarities and differences with your child. Have them fill out the Venn diagram included in the printable pack.
More Language Arts Activities
After reading the story, talk about the characters, the setting, and the plot. Use the flipbook to record information. In this printable pack, you’ll also find the following language arts activities:
- common and proper noun sort
- identifying synonyms
- letter writing – Have your child write a letter of apology to the witch for eating her house. Or, have your child write a letter of apology from the witch to the children.
- compound word practice cards
Your little ones can practice their counting skills with the “sweet treats” graph included in this printable pack. There is also a color word practice page on which your child will color candy according the correct color word. Gather some paperclips or clothespins and complete the count and clip cards.
These gumdrop sculptures at Tinkerlab would be a great hands-on activity to supplement your unit.
Kids of all ages will love doing candy science during this unit! Here are a couple of great ideas to get you started:
- Make your own rock candy like they did overat Coffee Cups and Crayons.
- Growing a Jeweled Rose has an awesome Candy Corn Volcano tutorial.
- Try this “floating letters” M&M science experiment.
If you’d prefer to skip making gingerbread houses, you can print out the gingerbread house color page for your child. Have them color or paint it however they’d like. You could also have them decorate the cut-and-paste gingerbread house included in the printable.
Additional printables for Hansel and Gretel
- Hansel and Gretel Shape Maze at Education.com
- Hansel and Gretel Coloring Scene at Education.com
- Hansel and Gretel Coloring Page at Education.com
- Hansel and Gretel Maze at PrintActivities.com
- Hansel and Gretel Lesson Using Bloom’s Taxonomy at Currclick
- Hansel and Gretel Thinking Skills at Currclick
- Hansel and Gretel Enhanced Ebook at Currclick
- Hansel and Gretel Unit at Currclick
- Fairytale Emergent Readers at The Measured Mom
Hansel and Gretel Printable Pack for All Ages
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