A fairy tale is undoubtedly an important element of the spiritual culture of society. It is one of the major types of folk epics, in which in fantastic form of folk have been established views on human relationships, ideals of right and justice, and criteria for evaluation of human endeavour. Aim of this paper is to present three fundamental values of fairy tales: educative, educational and therapeutic, which are particularly relevant to the development of a child in preschool, and for the educational process. The text represents an analysis of selected literature.
free text keywords: Education, fairy tale; educative values; educational values; therapeutic values; pre-school education, pedagogika, baśń; wartości wychowawcze; wartości dydaktyczne; wartości terapeutyczne; wychowanie przedszkolne