Fairy Tales Tour

In Fairy Tales Tour students will visit animal enclosures to try to spot real animals from familiar fairy tales. Pupils will join in with storytelling and use their investigation skills to discover facts about their favourite stories and songs.

Please note that this session takes place outdoors and is a walking tour

A brown bear at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Key Stage: EYFS

Duration: 30 minutes

Capacity: 35 students


Early Years Framework Links:

Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding

Understanding the world

  • The world


Intended Learning Outcomes:

Pupils will be able to:

  • Identify a real zoo animal featured in a fairy tale
  • Listen and respond with appropriately relevant comments and questions
  • Add and subtract single digit numbers to compare the number of animals in an enclosure to those in the original fairy tale


For this session

Before your visit:     

  • Familiarise your class with common animal fairy tales including the three little pigs and Goldie Locks and the Three Bears.

While at the zoo:

  • During the tour you may visit animals based in the Europe area of the zoo, to avoid covering the same ground twice it may be worth visiting the animals in Base Camp, Africa or Asia before your tour


Where in the Zoo

Link to session

Ring tailed lemur

Base Camp

Madagascar movie – are the animals the same in the movie as they are in the zoo?


Right of Europe – this exhibit can be accessed easily after the session as the tour will finish at the Brown Bears

Madagascar movie – are there penguins in Madagascar? See maps at the penguin enclosure for locations of penguins

Amur Tiger


Jungle book – look at the tiger – describe what kind of home they need.


Asian Elephant


Jungle book - look at the elephant – describe what kind of home they need.


After your visit:

  • Re-tell a fairy tale from another perspective, such as the Big Friendly Wolf, using the information that you discovered at the zoo.
    • Make masks for your characters
    • Act out your story for the rest of the school