Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter’s night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away, but she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman’s ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The prince tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart, and as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast, and placed a powerful spell on the castle, and all who lived there. Ashamed of his monstrous form, the beast concealed himself inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his twenty-first year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair, and lost all hope, for who could ever learn to love a beast?
Above is the introduction to Beauty and the Beast, a love story, a tale that is as old as time. It is probably one of my favorite Disney princess Films (I know I say that about almost all of them) but this one, as a kid, I saw over and over again. I can repeat the movie word for word and I used to act it out with costumes in front of my family. When my parents took my brother and I on a road trip, he and I would pick a Disney movie, select characters, and then begin reciting the movie; Beauty and the Beast was often a favorite choice.
Below are some of my favorite Beauty and the Beast printables. Keep in mind there are tons out there, all you have to do is search “Beauty and the Beast printables” on Google and you will find several coloring pages and printables. Below are the ones I like the most and ones that may be harder to find for some people (especially the puppets). Go ahead and download the free printables, print and create. They are fun for kids of all ages, for the young at heart, and the Digital hoarder (like me :D).