Fairy Tale Badge

(Discover Knowledge)

By Kerry Cordy

Higher level requirements may be used as optional requirements when appropriate.


Penguins: Do three requirements including the one starred *

_____1.* Read, or have read to you, at least five different fairy tales.


Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Penguin requirement 1.

_____2.* Compare two or more different versions of the same fairy tale. How do the stories differ? Which do you like better?


Dolphins: Do five requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Rewrite a traditional fairy tale, but set it in modern times.


Butterflies: Do six requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Learn about the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson. Read at least three of the original fairy tales from each. How do their stories differ from the way they are presented today by groups like Disney?


Eagles: Do seven requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Read at least two fables and two myths. Learn what the difference is between a fable, a myth and a fairy tale. Which do you like better and why?


Owls: Do nine requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____3. Write a fairy tale of your own.

_____4. Perform a puppet show, play, or skit about a fairy tale.

_____5. Draw an illustration from your favorite fairy tale.

_____6. Participate in a community service project that revolves around fairy tales. You might hold a princess party for younger girls, hold a fairy tale drive to collect toys to donate, or spend some time reading fairy tales to younger children at your local library.

_____7. Define the concept of a “fairy tale.” What common characteristics are usually found? Read at least one fairy tale from at least three different countries. Discuss how their stories differ based on the culture they are from.

_____8. Watch a Disney or another animated fairy tale meant for children. Read the original story and compare. What changes were made to make the story better suited to small children? (This requirement should be done with older girls or under the supervision of parents as some original fairy tales can get quite gruesome.)

_____9. Create a craft with a fairy tale theme.

_____10. Learn about a career that involves fairy tales. Examples might include an illustrator, animator, author, party planner, costume designer, etc. What education do they need? What can they expect to get paid? What hours do they work? Where might you have to live to have this career?

_____11. Learn about “fractured fairy tales.” A fractured fairy tale is a story that uses fairy tales you know and then changes the characters, the setting, points of view, or plots to make it humorous. Read at least three fractured fairy tales and then write one of your own.

_____12. Create a costume for your favorite fairy tale character. If possible, dress up as this character for a party or event.

_____13. Host a fairy tale party.

_____14. Read the biography of a famous fairy tale author such as Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, or Alexander Afanasyev.

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