Few Things Fairy Tales Teach Children
Fairy Tales are important aspect of growing up in small children. It's not only fun but also helps in over-all development in the child and has many benefits to offer. Acquiring these skills early on in life helps child's over-all being, quality of life in the later years and also shapes up its values and beliefs.
- It enhances literary development skills
- Aids problem solving
- Adds to cultural literacy
- Helps build resilience in children
- Teach children positive dealings of human conflicts and relationships
Literary development skills :
Story telling plays a prominent role in the development of literacy skills in children in early ages. It enhances imagination and builds comprehension skills. Children learn from diverse usage of words in different context and builds up vocabulary.
Aids problem solving :
From different situations and characters and their approach to conflicts in the story, children learn to analyze and compare them to the real-life situations. It leaves a positive impact on children where they learn to be positive in adverse situations and face the challenges in life and find solutions.
Adds to cultural literacy :
Through various stories children not only build their vocabulary but also learn about various cross cultural values and behaviours.
Helps build resilience in children :
It builds resilience in children early on, through different situations in the story children learn to face problems with a positive attitude and never give up outlook is cultivated. Soon they believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel and all bad things will come to an end.
Deal with human conflicts and relationships positively:
Children learn to resolve human conflicts positively and foster healthy relationships with adults and peers.
Elements of a Fairy Tale:
- Opening and Ending Line: Every story has a beginning mostly in the years gone by and has a happy end to the story. Everyone living happily ever after.
- There is a hero, heroine and a villain: Most of the stories has characters on the lines of a hero, heroine and a villain
- Magic: There are magical elements like magical lamp, carpet, fairies, Godmothers, magical food and so on leaving children awestruck.
- Elements of Royalty: There are kings, queens, prince and princes, places, horses, elephants, servants etc. Larger than life is created in the minds of children, evoking excitement and interest.
- Problems and solutions: As in our day to day lives we have different situations, some good days and some bad days. So are in stories. The hero and heroine of the story are put in difficult situation, but at the same time they are also shown to have never say never attitude. They are shown to face the problems bravely and seek solutions.
- Good vs Evil: The conflict of good vs bad is depicted in the stories, where good always wins over evil, thus promotes universal goodness.
- Moral Teachings in the end: The stories impart a moral lesson in the end enriching the experience with some moral lesson. Thus through stories positive behaviour is re-enforced and positive and healthy habits are inculcated in children.
Some Famous Fairy Tales:
- Sleeping Beauty
- Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs
- Beauty and the Beast
- Goldylocks and the Three Bears
- The Red Riding Hood
- Aladdin and The Magic Lamp
- The Lion King
- The Little Mermaid.