- Ask the child if she has ever wanted to be a princess. What kinds of things would she do if she were a princess?
Books and Interactive Ideas
- Princess Fun: From 10 to 1 – Pause on each page to count the creatures with children or let them count.
- Princess Says Goodnight – Walk the child through the princess’s nighttime routine, and let him or her act out each part.
- Princess Grace – Ask child what he thinks a princess would do and what a princess would wear before reading the story and again afterward. Visit the sites below with your child for slideshows of present-day princesses, many of them children. http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/04/07/real.life.princesses/index.html ; http://www.teacakesandteddybears.com/FamousPrincesses.htm
- Kitty Princess and the Newspaper Dress – Use newspapers to make a “dress” with your child like Kitty’s. Let your child roleplay the manners Kitty learned and change into the princess items included in the kit. For older children: Look at the collage art in the book and how the artist used simple cutout shapes to make animals. Let your child use construction paper shapes to see what animals he or she can create.
- Princess Pig – Invite younger children to make the noises of the different farmyard animals as they appear. Older children can host their own “regular” party with their stuffed animals in a “barn.”
- Princess Prissypants Wishes the World Pink – Draw pictures on construction paper with markers or crayons of the same color. Ask what color your child would wish the world. What colors would she miss? If she could wish for one thing and know it would come true, what would she wish for?
- Not All Princesses Dress in Pink – Invite your child to consider what she would wear if she were a princess. Make sparkly crowns from metallic pipe cleaners, tinsel and wire, or sturdy paper and glitter or sequins.
- The Very Fairy Princess – Paint pictures with glitter or sequins as feathers to give as gifts to special people. Make sparkling princess cookies or cupcakes (with sprinkles) as a special treat.
I’m a Little Princess
Tune: I'm a Little Teapot
I’m a little princess, here’s my crown.
(Curtsey and put on pretend crown)
Here are my slippers, here is my gown.
(Touch toes and hold out gown)
If the dragon finds me, I won’t cry.
(Shake head “no”)
Feed his some cookies and wave goodbye!
Prince with Feathered Cap
Here is a prince with feathered cap
(Take off “hat” and bow)
Here are his boots which go tap, tap, tap
Here is the princess with a crown
(Pretend to hold crown over head)
Here we see her lovely gown
(Hold out pretend gown and curtsey)
Here is the castle tall and wide
(Spread out arms tall and wide)
Where they can safely play inside!
(Wrap arms around self or child and hug.)
Tune: “Wheels on the Bus”
There was a princess long ago
(Put pretend crown on)
Long ago, long ago.
There was a princess long ago
Long, long ago.
She pricked her finger and fell asleep
(Pretend to prick finger)
The princess slept for a hundred years,
(Put hands by face as if sleeping)
A great big forest grew around
(Spread arms and raise them slowly)
A gallant prince came galloping by
(Pretend to ride a horse in place)
He took his ax and chopped it down
(Make chopping motions)
He kissed the princess to wake her up
(Blow a kiss and pretend to wake up)
So everyone is happy now
Princess Tutu Cookies
Stars, hearts, crowns, or even round cookies dressed with colorful icing and lots of sprinkles make great princess cookies. But if you want to do something a little extra special with your favorite princess, try this creative recipe for Princess Tutu cookies from Pizzazzerie:- Make 3-inch balls of your favorite sugar cookie dough. Flatten them and press a lollipop stick into each one. Make sure they have enough room to spread out as they are baking.
- Cut tulle or netting in 4-inch by 20-inch rectangles. Gather the long sides with a threaded needle.
- Hot glue the tutu to the lollipop stick just under the cookie.
- Decorate with ribbons, bows, pearls, jewels, sequins or any fun decorations of your choice (Icing or melted candy coating can be used to stick decorations straight on to the cookies).
- Use icing to draw faces on the cookies.
- Eat and enjoy – be sure to supervise young children and make sure all non-edible decorations are removed.
- Princess Fun: From 10 to 1 by Ellen Leroe
- Princess Says Goodnight by Naomi Howland
- Princess Grace by Mary Hoffman
- Kitty Princess and the Newspaper Dress by Emma Carlow
- Princess Pig by Eileen Spinelli
- Princess Prissypants Wishes the World Pink by Ashley Putnam Evans
- Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen & Heidi E.Y. Stemple
- The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton
- Disney’s Princess Tea Party – Audio CD by Walt Disney Records, 2005.
- Dream Dazzlers Glamour Dress-Up Set (purple or pink) -- $12.99 from Toys R Us
- --, Sylvia. 2009. “Fairytale Songs.” The Perpetual Preschool. http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/preschool_themes/fairytales/fairytale_songs.htm
- 2011. “Fun & Fantastic Fingerplays.” TheBestKidsBookSite. IbcTech. http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/funfingerplay.cfm?fingerplayid=510
- “Tell Me a Story.” King County Library System. Retrieved March 10, 2011 from http://wiki.kcls.org/tellmeastory/index.php/I%27m_a_Little_Princess