Into the Woods, Jr. - Educational Resources for Teachers and Students


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About Into the Woods, Jr.

About The Brothers Grimm and Fairytales

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Educational Resources for Teachers and Students

Simple Scavenger Hunt | Matching Words | On the Radio
Your Own Very Special Forest | Teacher Resources

Simple Scavenger Hunt

In Into the Woods, Jr., the Witch puts a curse on the Baker and his wife, saying that they can never have children. She tells them that if they want to break the spell, they need to bring her some very special items: a cow as white as milk, hair as yellow as corn, a slipper as pure as gold, and a cape as red as blood. In short, the Baker and his wife are assigned to carry out a scavenger hunt!!

A scavenger hunt is a fun game in which the players have to acquire, or find, specified items within a time limit. In a scavenger hunt, the players use their imaginations to think of special places in which they can find the items that they are looking for; it can be played with 2 or more people -- you can even play in teams!

In this scavenger hunt, you and a friend must find the following items in your own front or backyard:

  • A flower
  • A bottle cap
  • A penny
  • A rock that can fit in the palm of your hand
  • 3 sticks as long as your arm
  • and, if you're really lucky…
    A four-leaf clover!!

Afterward, you and a friend can even make up your own items to find in another scavenger hunt. You can even ask your parents and your brothers and sisters to help you think of creative items to look for! HAVE FUN!!


Matching Words

Take one word from the left column and match it with a word on the right had column to find a well-known fairy tale character or word.

Baker              Stalk
Magic   Man
Glass   Cape
Ugly   Egg
Milky   Slipper
Golden   Wife
Red   Wand
Foot   White
Bean   Stepsister


On the Radio

Prepare a radio show about Cinderella, exploring how a poor girl who once cleaned fireplaces became a princess. Working in a small group, prepare interviews with people who know Cinderella:

  • Her father
  • Her stepsisters
  • Her Fairy Godmother
  • The Prince

How to make the interview more interesting

Get some background information on the story by interviewing:

  • Some neighbors
  • People who work in the castle
  • The King or Queen
  • Cinderella's friends
  • People who went to the ball

Ask them questions about:

  • Cinderella's life with the wicked stepsisters
  • Her adventures with the Fairy Godmother
  • The Ball
  • The Glass Slipper


Your Own Very Special Forest

As a part of the Into the Woods, Jr. collaborative, or shared, project between The Kennedy Center and the seven participating D.C. public schools, a number of children had the opportunity to design parts of the set and scenery. During this process, the children drew all sorts of sketches and colored all kinds of pictures. Later, they even had the chance to help build the trees that were to be found in the forest!

Just like the child designers, you can create your very own special tree!

Necessary materials:

  • 3 sheets of thick poster board and/or large pieces of cardboard (preferably from a large cardboard box)
  • Colored construction paper
  • Pencils, crayons, and markers
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Paint and paintbrushes
  • Glue and/or rubber cement
  • Tape
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Glitter
  • Buttons
  • Beads
  • and whatever else you can think of!!


  1. Glue the short edges of the 3 sheets of poster board together (in order to make one long sheet).
  2. Outline the shape of a tree on the now long sheet of poster board-make sure you make a wide tree trunk!
  3. Paint the trunk of the tree (remember, when using your imagination, anything is possible so the tree trunk does not even have to be painted brown! It can be whatever color you want it to be!!)
  4. Let paint dry.
  5. Cut out the painted tree.
  6. Decorate as desired!! (Some suggestions: crumpled pieces of colored tissue paper can serve as flowers; buttons and beads can be fruits or nuts; scraps of fabric can be used as leaves; etc, etc. -- just be creative and let your imagination be your guide!)

After you've created your beautiful tree, you can even tape it up to a wall in your bedroom -- who knows, the tree may even be taller than you!


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Into the Woods, Jr. Curricula, Lessons and Activities