In "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch, Princess Elizabeth is a helpful young lady, courted by Prince Ronald, who does not understand her giving nature. After the dragon burns down her palace (with all her clothes in it), taking the prince as prisoner, Elizabeth puts on a paper bag and embarks on an adventure to save him. Teach children about giving and confidence through engaging activities that correspond to the beloved children's book.
Paper Bag Princess Puppets
Distribute paper lunch sacks to each child and give them construction paper, scissors, glue and crayons or markers. Ask each child to cut out and glue a face to their paper bag, add hair and then draw on facial features. Provide an opportunity for the children to participate in a puppet show where they act like a paper bag princess or prince.
Paper Bag Princess Costumes
Purchase large paper bags from your local grocery store, or ask for a donation. Give the children scissors and instruct them to cut a hole in the top of the bag for their head and in each side of the bag for their arms. Cut slits on the side of the bag to make it easier to put on. Put markers on a table so that the children can decorate their paper bags. Send the costumes and a description of the story home with each child so that she can discuss what she learned with her parents.
Paper Bag Princess Charades
Label index cards with a character from "The Paper Bag Princess" and place them, face down, at each child's desk. Divide children into groups of three and have them take turns acting out their characters. The other children in the group must guess who the child is pretending to be.
Prince or Princess Photos
Princess Elizabeth was beautiful, strong and confident even when she had no material possessions and was wearing a paper bag instead of clothes. Each child can learn to see himself as a paper bag prince or princess by thinking about their good qualities. Glue a photo of each child onto a piece of construction paper and let the kids decorate their photos with crowns. Below the photo, children write about all of the qualities that make them a prince or princess. Display the finished prince and princess photos on classroom walls to encourage self-esteem and confidence.
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