Fairy Tales and Imagination: Making Magic Happen (LS-ME-582)

Once upon a time, there were princesses, knights, dragons, witches, giants and fairies… But, guess what? They have been among us all along! You can still find them, if you know where to look. There are two places where one can be sure to encounter them: fairy tales and one’s own imagination.

Oral and literary fairy tales

There are two types of fairy tales: oral fairy tales and literary fairy tales. Oral fairy tales existed for thousands of years and present a subclass of folktales as they were passed on by word of mouth. Thus, each storyteller added something of their own, while keeping the main plot. Literary fairy tales became popular in the 17th century in aristocratic circles, evolving from the same magical world of most fantastic heroes and creatures. Fairy tales remain popular to this very day. Recent studies show that fairy tales enhance imagination and creativity.

Fairy tale ingredients

In this LS we will first go through some of the best-known fairy tales and their authors in order to discover all the typical elements and characters which make this fairy tale world.  We will then go through this list in more detail and unleash our creative powers: we will use magic to make our own books, and our imagination to create a unique fairy tale using materials we discovered through the activities of this learning scenario. The aim is to encourage participants’ creativity through traditional approach and modern digital platforms and applications.

Find the creative magic within you and embark on a creative adventure through the world of fairy tales!

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