Rapunzel Activities

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

~'Rapunzel~' is a wonderful fairy tale that many children will love and learn from. This lesson offers activities that will help students get as much as possible out of their engagement with this classic story.

Reading Rapunzel with Children

Are you teaching a unit on fairy tales, or simply enjoying reading fairy tales with or to your students? One story you might present students with is the story of Rapunzel.

This tale tells of a husband and wife desperate to have a child. The husband, in a panic, ends up promising the child to their neighbor, a witch. When Rapunzel is born, the witch locks her away in the tower.

Though the tale of Rapunzel is scary in some ways, children will be fascinated by what the girl eventually does to save herself, and what becomes of the witch as well as the surrounding kingdom.

To help children get more out of reading Rapunzel, you might want to incorporate activities into your instruction. The activities in this lesson appeal to different learning styles and strengths as kids get into the story.

Visual Activities

Here, you will find activities for visual learners who are becoming engaged with Rapunzel.

Paint a Scene

Break students into partnerships for this activity. Explain that you are going to work together to create a picture book version of Rapunzel. Before kids get started, have them think through the story in sequence. Assign one major scene to each pair.

Then, have children work with their partners to paint what is happening in the scene they have been assigned. Finally, bring students together and have them put their paintings in sequence to represent the tale.

!Comparing Characters

Part of understanding Rapunzel is understanding what motivates different characters. As a class, work on a Venn Diagram graphic organizer that compares and contrasts the husband and wife at the beginning of the story.

Then, have students work independently to complete Venn Diagrams comparing and contrasting Rapunzel herself with another character of their choosing. Alternatively, they can compare and contrast Rapunzel as she is at the beginning of her exile to how she is at the end.

If you are teaching Rapunzel as part of a larger fairy tale unit, you can also have students use the graphic organizer structure to compare this story with another one.

Tactile Activities

These activities focus on letting students use their hands and bodies to move in closer to the story.

Model Tower, Model Rapunzel

This is a good activity for students to do with a partner or in a small group. Have them work with cardboard to try to construct their vision of the tower that Rapunzel is locked in. Then, have them use yarn and other recycled materials to make a model of Rapunzel and, of course, her golden hair hanging out of the tower!

Give students a chance to look at the models their classmates have made of this important symbol.

Rapunzel, the Movie

Older students will love the opportunity this activity affords to dramatize the story of Rapunzel. Have children work in small groups to write a skit that represents either one scene from the story, or the story as a whole.

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