Passed down through the generations, spoken next to the hearth on a cold winter night, lavishly illustrated in cherished books, sung to babes in their cradles… Fairy tales, folk tales, nursery rhymes and fables all have a place in our hearts and our history. We hope you enjoy the results of our recent team challenge to create, and be inspired by, these wonderful tales.
Once upon a time…
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What are your favorite tales? Do you have fond memories of them being read to you as a child, did you act them out in a school play, or have a grandparent whisper them in your ear at bedtime?
Children are natural storytellers who will often imagine their own stories based upon their outward surroundings and their internal landscapes. We grownups, however, often need some assistance with reawakening our imaginations.
Here comes the NaturalKids Team to the rescue! Sure, you can tell a convincing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with salt and pepper shakers, condiments jars, plus seven thimbles. However, the talented members of Etsy’s NaturalKids Team have hand-crafted a variety of figures for your folk and fairy tale storytelling as well as open-ended play. All fairy tales in this post link to Sur La Lune Fairytales.com
Three Billy Goats Gruff byMuddyFeet
Story: Three Billy Goats Gruff
Snow White and Rose Red by Nushkie (plus you could add a bear by Woolies and gnome— to play the dwarf– by Little Elfs Toy Shop):
Story: Snow White and Rose Red
Cinderella by The Enchanted Cupboard:
Story: Cinderella (Charles Perrault version)
The Gingerbread Man, by lovealittle
Story: The Gingerbread Man (sometimes The Gingerbread Boy)
The Fisherman and His Wife, by Driaa:
Story: The Fisherman and His Wife
What are stories that you enjoy telling with your children?
–Farida Dowler is a children’s librarian in semi-retirement. She works as a freelance storyteller and makes dolls for the Etsy shop Alkelda.