Fairy Tale Unit: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Today I’m sharing activities we did a few years ago to go along with The Emperor’s New Clothes. The kids would have been 6 1/2, 4 1/2 and 2.

Emperor’s New Clothes Craft:


Shopping for the Emperor’s New Clothes

This activity was a big hit!  I cut out a felt emperor, shirts, pants, shoes, a robe, and a crown.  Each had a set price (see the sheet below). Then I gave the kids $5.00 or $8.00 to go shopping for the emperor.  A great review of money and DD in particular has learned a lot and done this activity again and again!

Prices: shirts $.0.25, pants $.050, a robe $1.25, shoes $1.75, and a crown $2.50

This place value game is from St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s from File Folder Fun.  You take turns choosing a digit and placing it on your board.  Whoever has the largest number in the end wins.

Secret Messages for the Emperor

We made up two solutions to write secret messages and to make the emperor’s clothes appear.  The first was equal parts baking soda and water. The second was straight lemon juice.

We spent a long time writing secret messages and also painted clothes on the emperor.

We had read you can use a hair dryer to make the message appear, but this didn’t work for us.

So, we placed them in the oven for 3-4 minutes on broil.

Ta-Da!!!  Both methods worked well, but the baking soda became quite dark.

This wasn’t as big a hit (grumbling from LD), but we did some story sequencing.  DD put the pictures (from Jack and the Beanstalk and The Emperor’s New Clothes) in order and retold the story.  LD had to put the sentence strip in order.


For this unit, we read stories from Treasury of Classic Children’s Stories. (affiliate link)  The illustrations are beautiful and the kids loved being read to (and eventually when they became proficient readers read these stories for themselves!). I highly recommend this book!

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