Teaching STEM through Fairy Tales- 10 Engaging Activities for Primary Students

Teaching STEM through Fairy Tales- 10 Engaging Activities for Primary Students

I’m a huge proponent of STEM  in the younger grades.  So, connecting STEM through literature is a natural extension (and quite a powerful tool).

This connection helps to improve reading skills, yet also enhance creativity and critical thinking skills.  Fairy Tales are a wonderful way to introduce students to STEM because younger kids don’t often have a lot of background knowledge, but just about everyone knows popular fairy tales (and if they don’t it’s a quick read-aloud or opportunity to retell the story.)

We’re learning that with STEM, targeting students at a younger age helps to build 21st century skills more thoroughly.  So, for this series, we took a look at 10 Fairy Tales to help primary students to begin developing deeper thinking skills.

This Bundle Pack includes 10 well loved fairy tales (here’s the list), a design brief and design challenge for each of the selected fairy tales as well as Interactive STEM Notebook pages (half-page) for each one.

EDIT: I originally created this series for younger students, but I am getting feedback from middle school teachers that their students love these as well.  So, if you teach the upper grades, you might consider these as a fun throw back challenge for your students.

Get the Teaching STEM through Fairy Tales Bundle Pack with all 10 of the Design Briefs and Interactive STEM Notebook Pages!


Lane specializes in STEM education, curriculum design and professional development and makes teachers’ lives easier through innovative, standards-based STEM lessons.