Fairy Tale Science Experiments

My 6 year old has been learning about Traditional Tales recently, so I’ve put together a collection of science experiments that would sit brilliantly alongside this topic.

Fairy Tale and Traditional Tale Science Experiments

Three Billy Goats Gruff

Make a raft for the Billy Goats  Gruff so they don’t need to cross the bridge, we used lolly sticks to make a basic raft shape and added corks to the bottom of one, then tested to see if they could support the weight of PlayMobil goats without sinking.

goat on a raft

Can you build bridges using different materials and see which is the strongest?

Jack and the Beanstalk

Build a zip wire to help Jack down the beanstalk, what happens if you change the gradient?


Can you grow a bean in a jar? How tall will it grow without needing some kind of support?

Can you plant your bean?

jack and the beanstalk bean


What happens if you grow a bean in the dark?

bean in a jar

Can you make a beanstalk with tubes? How tall can you make it?

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

For little ones you could ask the children to order bowls, bed and chairs in order of size, one for each bear.

For older children you could monitor the rate heat is lost from three different sized bowls of porridge using a food thermometer, Inspiration Laboratories has a great post on this.

We love this wooden spoon craft from Red Ted Art as well.


Try some weighing and measuring with pumpkins.

Play an ordering game with shoes.

Hansel and Gretel

Can you build a house made from sweets? Which type of sweet gives the most stable shape?

Or, how about making a gingerbread house? You could test different types of icing to see which sticks the best.




Peter Pan

Can you fly tinkerbell down a zip wire?

Learn about changes of state with these lovely melted bead fairy wands from The Artful Parent.

The Little Mermaid

Do you remember Ariel’s treasure cave? Can you practice sorting toys depending on the material they’re made from?

Make some fun under the sea play dough like The imagination Tree.


The Princess and the Frog

Learn about frog spawn and tadpoles with Rainy Day Mum.

The Three Little Pigs

Test a stick, straw and brick roof to see which is the most windproof, we used the squeezy bottle to act like wind and placed tissue paper inside the house so we could see if the ‘wind’ reached it.

Three Little Pigs Activity

Red Ted Art has this brilliant three little pigs craft activity. Can you try to make the house from different materials to see which is the most stable?

Build house for the three little pigs using sweets and straws, which sweets work the best?


How about a version of this experiment where you blow with a straw instead of spraying with water?


Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Explore symmetry with mirrors in this fun activity. Can you draw a symmetrical dwarf?

Little Red Riding Hood

Inspire some imaginative play with this gorgeous story box from The Imagination Tree.

The Gingerbread Man

Build a bridge to help The Gingerbread Man across the river.

Bridge for The Gingerbread Man

Posts coming soon


A pulley for Rapunzel

Leaving messages like Hansel and Gretel

Melting Gingerbread men

How strong is a gingerbread man

Princess potions

Witchy potions

Jack’s Parachute

How to build a strong bean stalk

Icy castles

Do you have any more ideas for us?

Fairy Tale Science Experiments

There are 8 comments

  1. jeannine @ waddleeahchaa

    What a great list of hands-on activities! I like how you’ve integrated science into fairy tales. Recently, the kiddos designed and built and planted a fairy garden. That would fit in nicely with a fairy tale unit 🙂

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