Hansel & Gretel: Learning Through the Len of a Classic Fairy Tale

Hansel & Gretel: Gingerbread, Opera, Fairy Tale & Puppet Show

Hansel and Gretel: Learning about Opera! is a free online educational experience featuring Humperdinck’s Opera Hansel and Gretel. Players can control interactive elements in every scene and watch the play unfold. There are even lesson plans for educators to download, including music education info and cross-curricular activities on fairy tales.

Did you know the old folk tale of Hansel and Gretel, made famous by the brothers Grimm, inspired many Germans in the 1600s to create model witches’ houses from hard gingerbread? Building fanciful gingerbread houses at Christmastime hos now become a part of American holiday traditions.

Take this interesting fact and combine it with this cool interactive web site where kids can partake in the creation of an animated opera of “Hansel and Gretel,” presented by Creative Kids Education Foundation. The interactive opera takes 40-50 minutes to navigate through the creation process (with adult supervision), but kids can learn about this fairy tale (the inspiration for Gingerbread Houses) and opera, set designing and choreography while watching the play unfold while controlling interactive elements in each scene.


Speaking of Hansel and Gretel, from December 27th-30th, 2012 the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox will host puppeteer Carl Sprague who will present a marionette production of “Hansel and Gretel.” After the show, kids can meet the antique puppets used in the show at a Victorian Tea, and there will also be an opportunity to learn about the puppeteer’s methods.

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