Hansel and Gretel


STORY IN FRAGMENTS
Abandoned in forest - Lost - Hungry - Candy house - Yum - Witch - "Come in my pretties" - Hansel in cage - Fatten up - Oven - Test it! - How? - Gretel push witch inside - Go home - Happy Dad

FAIRY TALE SCIENCE

Can you make a map to help Hansel and Gretel escape the witch?

Materials:

  • Graph paper (internet search “free graph paper”)
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Coloring materials, optional

Using the graph paper, draw Hansel and Gretel's house. Then, on the other side of the paper, draw the Witch’s candy house.

Between the two houses, draw a forest (trees, swamps, rivers, mountains, etc.). In the bottom corner of the paper, draw a + sign.

Label each end of the + with the points of the compass: N, E, S, W, starting at the top and going clockwise. On a separate piece of paper, write step-by-step directions for how Hansel and Gretel can escape through the woods. For example: 1. Starting at the Candy house door, take 4 steps west (one square of the graph paper equals one step). 2. Go 6 steps south… Give the map and the instructions to a friend and challenge them to get Hansel and Gretel home!

FAIRY TALE ART

Cottage in the Forest Agamograph

An agamograph is a set of images that change when viewed at different angles. This work is named after the Israeli sculptor, Yaacov Agam.

Materials:

  • 3 sheets of paper: 2 pieces of 9″ x 12″ and 1 – 12″ x 18″ (The sizes don’t matter so much, but, do make sure that the 2 smaller pieces combine to equal to the length of the bigger one.)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Coloring materials

On one of the smaller sheets, draw a forest. Then, on the other, draw a cottage. Color your drawings. (Make sure both drawings are done width-wise).

Using a ruler, on the bigger paper, mark off 1″ strips along the longest side. (Remember - line the ruler up not at the edge but at the zero). Mark the same strips at the bottom of the page. Now connect the two sets of strips to make columns that are 1″ wide.

Fold your paper, accordion-style.

Draw the same 1" columns on your two drawings. Cut along the lines so that your two drawings are now strips. Line up both pictures. Label the back of each strip: A1, A2, A3 and so on for the first and B1, B2, B3 and so on for the second. This will make the next step easier.

Take your large folded paper. Starting from the left, label the fold columns A1, B1, A2, B2, A3, B3 and so on.

Match the labeled cut strips from your drawings to the labeled columns on the large paper. Then glue the strips to the columns.

Now, refold the large paper accordion style. Stand it up. Look at it from the left. Then shift your head and look at it from the right. Can you spot the cottage through the woods?

PARENT & TEACHER TOOLS

This program has been designed for you to share with your child. Read the material together, ask questions and encourage your child to ask questions. Then nurture their curious mind by doing the activities with them. Books included are available via CPL’s digital library (with a library card).