Several fairy tales have great gospel applications. Children are familiar with them and so can relate easily to these gospel principles.
–Use puppets or stuffed animals as characters from the story – hand them out to children as you tell the story.
–Let the children themselves be characters in the story. You can use props to give more flair for the character, or I have made up garbage bag masks.
Little Red Riding Hood
What a wonderful example of how the devil (the wolf) will try to deceive us, send us down the wrong path, or lie to us. Continually emphasize when the wolf does this.
Three Little Pigs
This is a very good story to illustrate building on a solid foundation. Remember the houses of sticks & straw were able to be blown down by the wolf (the devil). But the wolf could not blow down the house of bricks.
Goldilocks & the Three Bears
This classic depicts the effects of stealing, or that we should care for those things of others. What are the consequences of stealing?
Lion and the Mouse
Remember the lion does not think that the mouse can help him, but gets a laugh from the tiny mouse so he lets him go. Later the lion is caught in a net and it is the mouse that rescues him. Even though children are small they can still do mighty things for God.
Crow & the Pitcher
The poor crow was so thirsty and all he could find was a pitcher of water, but the water was too low. Little bit by little bit he continued to add pebbles to raise the level of the water. God gives us things some times, little bit by little bit, to raise our faith – line upon line, precept upon precept.
Tortoise & the Hare
The race is not to the swift but to those who endure. Paul spoke many times of pressing toward the goal. Well that is what the tortoise did, he did not become overconfident, but kept his mind on goal and won the race.
a hungry fox spied a crow with a piece of cheese in her beak. He began to flatter her telling her what a splendid bird she was, with feathers of vibrant colors, and with the most beautiful of songs. The crow listened to the flattery and opened her beak to caw. The cheese fell out and was gobbled up by the fox. The devil is that sly old fox who will tell us lies so that we might lose those gifts that God has given us.
An excellent story about rebellion and pride and how they lead us into the trap of the devil. Remember the gingerbread man jumped out of the oven, and kept saying to everyone, Run run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man. I’ve outrun so and so and I can outrun you.” I believe there was a farmer’s wife, the farmer, a cow, a cat, a dog, and any others you can think of. He got to a river bank he could not cross. So, of course, a sly old fox (the devil) comes along and tells him that he will take him across. Being wary, The Gingerbread-Man jumps on the fox’s tail, but as the water gets deeper and deeper, the Gingerbread-Man must jump from his tail, to his back, to his head, and finally to the fox’s nose. At this of course, the sly old fox gobbles him up.
by Donna Pustejovsky