It’s August! Time to start our Folktales & Fables lessons with Mother Goose Time. We started with Aesop’s Fables, the Lion and the Mouse. The characters in this fable are a lion and a mouse. The moral teaches us how to be helpful and kind no matter your size. Check out these fun lion & the mouse fable activities we did for day one. If you’re interested in what’s in the Mother Goose Time box each month, see this post: WHAT’S IN THE BOX: FABLES AND FOLKTALES. Read about my favorite fable, The Crow & the Pitcher. Here’s a little overview of Fables and Folktales for Preschoolers.
Fun Lion & The Mouse Fable Activities
We’ve been taking it pretty slow this summer and enjoying the outdoors more than we’ve been doing lessons but it’s time to get a little structure back. I need it and so do the kids! I’ve been buried working on summer classes for my bachelor’s degree, finishing 9 credits in 11 weeks. I’m looking forward to the Folktales and Fables lessons this month before school officially starts.
Week one, lesson 1: The Lion & the Mouse. So cute! I like this story. It’s a great way to talk about kindness.
The Lion & the Mouse lesson plans in the week one teacher guide. We didn’t get to all the activities, unfortunately. The days are full! I really, really like the Mother Goose Time teacher guides. They are comprehensive and inspiring.
We always start by putting up our new calendar for the month and writing in the numbers. The kids count along while I write them down. We marked a special day when we celebrate not one but two birthdays on the same day! The twins will turn 4.
The Lion & The Mouse: the moral of the story is kindness is never wasted. As I read the story, I paused and explained some of the vocabulary words so I didn’t lose anyone. I love how my group was anxious to hear the next part of the story. So engaged!
Table Top Literacy
We also practiced writing our names. It’s great to see the writing development over the months and years.
Next, we made our creative art story puppets. So cute! We used Kwik Stix to paint our puppets. Love using those quick drying paint sticks for little projects like this!
This set is especially cute.
This science and nature STEAM station goes along very well with the Lion and the Mouse fable. Using a basket, weave and wrap a basket with yarn to make a web.
Add a variety of small toys. and then take turns trying to get the toys out of the basket through the yarn web.
I put in a variety of sizes and shapes to make it challenging.
We used our hands and jumbo tweezers as tools to help get the items out of the basket.
I actually wasn’t sure if this would be one of those hit or miss activities. It was definitely a hit!
The point of this community challenge activity is to help build social awareness by understanding how to help others in need. I wrapped our animals in ribbons and strings. Look at our poor animals! They are stuck! How can we help our animals? The kids were sure they could help!
Everyone got one animal and a pair of scissors. It wasn’t long and everyone was freed!
A couple friends needed assistance from the older kids.
Sadly, sometimes animals do need our help for real. When mighta n animal need your help?
Poor polar bear! He doesn’t look very happy about his predicament.
Seal looks kind of cute all wrapped up!
The kids loved this activity and it is a fun way to use scissors. It can be a little challenging to cut apart the different kinds of ribbons and yarns with child scissors but they all did it.
Hard at work, cutting off the strings.
Trying to save the turtle!
Walrus is in sad shape.
Moose needs help too.
Cutting the strings off of the polar bear.
This was a great way to use some of that ribbon and yarn I’ve collected over the years.
Using all different kinds of ribbons, cord, lace and yarn makes it colorful and interesting.
Continuing the storytelling with the awesome Mother Goose Time magnets.
Another great day with Mother Goose Time! These were such fun Fun Lion & The Mouse Fable Activities.