Yes, Shakespeare can be for kids too. It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible either. And the younger you get them into it, the better it is. Here are some activities to get them interested in it.
Shakespeare’s stories are full of drama. So get the little ones to play act small scenes from different plays. Be that the witches from Macbeth or the eternal lovers at the balcony in Romeo and Juliet. Don’t harp too much on the exact words, but more on understanding the essence of what he wrote. It’s only when they begin to enjoy that they will take their next steps to reading the plays.
All stories written by Shakespeare gives the opportunity to develop a lot of props or even have, on a smaller scale, craft activity sessions. For example, tell the little one the story of Hamlet and make finger puppets of the main characters Claudius, Gertrude, Hamlet, and Ophelia. Or listen to Romeo and Juliet and then make cardboard swords!
Shakespeare for kids means thinking innovatively. List out some important Shakespeare characters from different plays. Then ask the children to to pick one. Tell them more about who he / she is, his looks, his personality traits and a little of his part in the story. Then ask them to imagine and draw this character. You will be surprised how differently each child perceives the same character. While they draw, keep adding bits and pieces to the person’s traits and his surroundings so that they can keep adding details to their picture. You will be surprised how much they will learn.