Today we are welcoming MaryAnne from Mama Smiles to Rainy Day Mum to share some great inspiration for Peter Pan based activities and crafts.
I loved the story of Peter Pan by James M. Barrie as a child, and now my children have followed suit! They were even in a Peter Pan themed (did not follow the plot of the book) play this summer, and we listened to the Audible copy of the book on a recent road trip. Then I made a small Peter Pan doll for my son, which has been on all sorts of exciting adventures this summer!
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The lovely thing about Peter Pan is that there are so many activities for kids to enjoy! From pirate adventures to fairy villages, the possibilities are endless! Here are a few activities that match
Favorite activities to enjoy while reading J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan
- Peter Pan Party Food from Creative Kid Snacks. My favorite thing about these ideas is that they feature a lot of healthy foods!
- Simple Clothespin Fairies from Danya Banya. We made these at my daughter’s sixth birthday party, and they were a big hit! You can also go for a more stylized Tinkerbell look with this Tinkerbell tutorial from Red Ted Art.
- Make a pirate ship. We love this cute Cardboard Pirate Ship from mollymoo.
- I really like these fun Peter Pan Learning Activities from Chasing Supermom – particularly the shadows exploration.
- Turn a tree or potted plant into a fairy village! This is a wonderful way to inspire all sorts of pretend play in your own back yard.
- Make a No-Sew Peter Pan Costume using this tutorial from East Coast Mommy.
Education-Focused Peter Pan Activities
Children learn through all of the activities listed in this post, but these next few are more focused on getting kids to think critically as they create. They are perfect for a homeschool or afterschool unit on this book!
- Make up your own stories featuring Peter Pan characters. My kids love doing this. What do you think Peter did next? If you could go along with Peter on one of the adventures in the book, which one would you choose, and why?
- Draw your own map of Neverland. You can make this extra fun by using play dough or salt dough to make a 3-dimensional map. Use aluminum foil to create a fun surface for the lagoon.
- If you have children who enjoy writing, have them write journal entries for one of the characters. This is an excellent way to really explore a character in depth!
- What do you think Peter Pan would think of if he came to visit your home? If he took you back with him to Neverland, what would you do there?
- At the end of the book, Wendy’s daughter Jane flies away with Peter. Write a letter from Jane to her mother, talking about her adventures there.
Peter Pan is a great way to get kids thinking creatively and exploring unusual situations, and the key to all of these activities should be playful and fun.
Which of these activities do you think your children would enjoy most? Do you have an idea to add to our list?
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She is passionate about parenting, creativity, learning, and play – and these interests are reflected in her blog, Mama Smiles – Joyful Parenting. MaryAnne and a Masters in education and Ph.D. in medicine.
She is a childhood cancer survivor who believes in making the most of every day.
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