Warner Bros., Sesame Workshop Release Sesame Street: Fairytale Fun DVD

Sesame StreetWarner Bros. Home Entertainment and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, have released Sesame Street: Fairytale Fun on DVD. Now kids can join Elmo and Abby on their educational adventure through fairytales, such as Hansel and Gretel and nursery rhymes with Mother Goose.

The two-hour DVD includes a CinderElmo bonus feature and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street monsters such as Oscar the Grouch. Now in its 44th season, Sesame Street is the longest-running program in kids’ TV and this new addition to the program’s collection of DVDs will be just as fun and educational. The Sesame Street: Fairytale Fun release is also available for digital download.

COMMENTARY: Storytime and Playtime Collide

Storytime Toys Fuses Play Houses with Classic Fairy Tales

It can be really difficult to get kids enthusiastic about reading at a young age. When I was young, my mom gave me an enormous, leather-bound book full of fairy tales. Each page was laden with beautiful graphics and trimmed with gold. After having the stories read to me over and over again, I would use the tales and characters as inspiration for playtime, making my Barbie dolls act as Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel.

New specialty toy company Storytime Toys, is making it even easier for kids to incorporate reading into playtime. Kara Dyer and Sara Argue have created a line of toy houses and storybooks based on classic fairy tales. Now, kids can read along to fairy tales including Goldilocks & the Three Bears, Hansel & Gretel, and The Three Little Pigs, while they build a house (or three, in the pigs’ case) that corresponds to each story.

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Each house features stunning, hand-painted imagery and comes with furniture and dolls for extended creative play. The pieces of the house can be assembled easily by kids ages 3 to 6. The stories are age-appropriate and will allow kids to associate playtime fun with the concept of reading. [Read more...]

Steve Light, Guidecraft Create Storytelling Storyboxes

Author, illustrator, storyteller, and pre-K teacher Steve Light has teamed up with Guidecraft to create Storyboxes based on classic stories from around the world. Storytelling and fantasy play are crucial to a child’s development, forming the basis for language comprehension and reading skills.

Perfect for home and classroom, each Storybox features characters, props, and settings cast from Light’s hand-carved originals, as well as a booklet containing his original retelling of the story. In addition to the main characters, each Storybox contains unique elements, such as the bag of “breadcrumbs,” witch’s house, cauldron, and recipe book from “Hansel and Gretel.”

With Steve Light Storyboxes, kids can use the miniature figures and props to retell stories over and over, acting them out in their own words and creating new stories. The first Storyboxes feature Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Little One Inch (Japan), and The Girl Who Loved Danger (Congo).

Watch the video of Steve Light using a Storybox to tell the story of Rapunzel.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.