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Fables and Folktales for Preschoolers

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This month we are learning about Fables and Folktales for Preschoolers. This is a new Mother Goose Time theme for me and honestly, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it as well as some of the others but so far, I love it as does my group!

Day 1: The Lion & the Mouse

Each month a book and music CD is included in the kit. This time, the CD is full of fables and folktales that go along with the book published by Mother Goose Time, Aesop’s Fables for Preschoolers.

We made stick puppets to retell the story ourselves. Fables & Folktales Day 2: The Bundle of Sticks The moral of the story is: In unity is strength.

Today’s fable is The Bundle of Sticks. @mothergoosetime #ece #preschool #familychildcare #MGTblogger #hdddc #fablesandfolktales A photo posted by Stacy@Share&Remember (@shareandremember) on

  Using colored stick counters, a spinner and some play dough, we worked on some counting skills. We cooperated and shared sticks when we didn’t have enough.

Counting sticks activity / cooperation #ece #preschool #familychildcare #MGTblogger #hdddc #fablesandfolktales @mothergoosetime

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Breaking Sticks is a fun fine motor/self direction/number concepts activity. The idea is to see how many you can break at once. Is it easier to break one at a time or a whole bunch at the same time? Which is easier to break: thick sticks or thin sticks? The Bundle of Sticks #MGTblogger #fablesandfolktales breaking sticks

Day 3: The Grasshopper and the Ants The moral of the story is: There’s a time for work and a time for play.

Hey ants, why are you climbing up my letter A?? #ece #preschool #familychildcare #MGTblogger #hdddc @mothergoosetime A photo posted by Stacy@Share&Remember (@shareandremember) on

We learned that ants work really hard and can carry a lot. We tried to see how many blocks we could carry. Then the kids decided to build an “ant house”. They worked hard and carried lots of blocks to build an ant house around the tape oval on the floor. We also used the oval to do the “Grasshopper Hop” – hopping high and far away, hopping on the path, back and forth over the tape line and hopping on one foot.ants working

The Counting Corn game helped us work on identifying numbers and counting out pieces of corn to match. For children that need more of a challenge, they could draw two number cards and add the amounts together. Each child also cut apart their game pieces so we got a little fine motor and eye hand coordination skill development in there as well.

The Grasshopper and the Ants

Day 4: The Hare & the Tortoise

The moral of the story is: The race is not always to the swift.

We spent some time working on My Little Journals with emergent writing skills. First we traced the paths to the finish line on the back cover. Then we found the page with the bird that says “blue”. We used blue crayons and colored fast! Then colored s….l…..o….w….


We took our learning outdoors too. We tried kicking a soccer ball around an imaginary oval shape, our play set. It takes a long time to do, but when we keep trying we discover we can do it!

kicking ballThen we had some races. The older kids dubbed the youngest one “The Tortoise”.

getting ready to race

There’s the first four days of our Fables & Folktales theme!

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