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Alternative endings

What you need

  • One or two classic fairy tale stories e.g. Jack and the Beanstalk, or Goldilocks and the three Bears, or Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Your imagination. 
  • A cosy corner!


Communication and listening, developing their vocabulary, creativity and boost imagination.

The experience

Find a cosy area in your home. Read one of the classic fairy tales with your child. It can be any of his/her favourite books from your shelves, or you can watch a story-telling video on our blog. When finished, ask your child what else could have happened at the end of the story. 

For example, in Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack’s mum cuts the beanstalk, the giant falls off and they live happily ever after. Give examples of what could have happened instead: maybe the giant and Jack became friends, or Jack was cheeky and hid and climbed the beanstalk and lived in the giant’s castle. In Goldilocks and the Three Bears, maybe Goldilocks’s mum comes and collects her from the house. What would her mum say to the Three Bears and to Goldilocks?

Let your imagination run wild! Encourage your child to use their imagination and give alternative endings to the stories! Why not share an alternative ending of a story that you like with us on Famly?