I just loved fairy tales when I was a kid. Ok, who am I kidding. I still love fairy tales. I even have a collection of Cinderella books that tell all the different versions of the Cinderella story in cultures around the world! I used to read fairy takes not only to my students when I taught Kindergarten but also to my grade 8s when I taught the later grades as well. Fairy tales just have the power to transcend all age groups.
Did you ever wonder what happened to those fairy tale characters we grew up with like the Mad Hatter, Snow White, and the Evil Queen? Turns out they are parents now too, and their children are studying at the enchanted high school of Ever After High, a boarding school for teens destined to follow in their famous parents’ fairytale footsteps. The all new original special Ever After High: Spring Unsprung, premiered recently and it celebrates the idea that the story of your life is not written in permanent ink. You have the power to create your own destiny.
In two other Netflix original series’ premiering this month, there are kids also creating their own destinies. Teenage mermaids stand out from the crowd in Season 2 of Mako Mermaids which premiered on February 13th and Richie Rich (I LOVED this one when I was a kid!) on February 20th, the same entrepreneur we grew up with, is back but this time his refusal to eat his veggies has made him a trillionaire.
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Of course, you know I love any opportunity to craft with the kids and this one is a great idea for helping them focus on what’s awesome about themselves and what they’d like to reach for in the future.
Reach for the Stars Banner Craft
To inspire your kids to reach for the stars, have them create a banner showcasing their hopes and aspirations. Work with them to identify some specific goals this year, like taking an art class or saving up to buy an easel.
Have them write their goals down and also cut out some imagery from magazines, etc. You can also get fun with stickers, foam shapes and letters, etc. Once complete, have them string the banner up somewhere they can see it regularly, like over their bed. That way they can even dream about their dreams.
Click here to learn how to create your own.