Character Education >
Aesop's Fables are an
entertaining way to foster the love of reading, increase vocabulary
and learn a life lesson that will be useful to our children for the
rest of their lives.
I suggest a good place to start is to explain in simple terms what
is a fable.
fable - story that teaches a
lesson: a short story with a
moral, especially one in which the characters are animals
Children love fables because most of them feature animals as the
Activity > Online story >
Now let's read one of the most famous:
Option 1: The
Tortoise and the Hare (print or read from the screen)
A great online story version
Here is a list of printable crafts and materials to use for a set of
activities that can extend over two or more day periods - links are in the materials column.
Activity > Printable crafts, games and activities
Paper Bag or Craft Stick Puppet: Can be used as
a flannel board character, stick puppet or paper bag puppet to aid
in telling the story. The children can make their own.
2. Hare Progressive
Puzzles: Skill-Problem solving. These are fun
puzzles for different ages and can be used one of the learning
Skills: heart shape recognition, counting, sizing and sorting, small
Turtle Craft (view illustration)
Shapes Tortoise or Turtle Craft: practice shapes,
counting, sorting and sizing. This craft can be made as a
separate activity to revisit the fable and address more learning
Alphabet Activities >
This is a good opportunity to incorporate presentations for for Letter H is for Hare and Letter T is for Turtle or Tortoise in
the materials column.
Activity > Maze > to practice problem solving skills and early handwriting skills
Activity > Coloring pages > Tortoise & Hare coloring pages in materials column | Realistic Hare and Tortoise coloring pages > These can be used for flannel board
characters, display and to make easy stick puppets for an easy activity.
At DLTK's teach.com >
(color or black & white version) The children can also
have fun coloring these adorable finger puppets. Adults may
need to help with the scissor cutting. Incorporate in the
discussion and reading.
Fable story color posters and coloring pages > image and story text.
Fable color posters and coloring pages to help you
present the fable (3 posters). You can use on flannel board, easel
or poster board.
You may want to incorporate the patchwork technique
used in David Lynch's online story images to add some fun to the coloring
activity. To do this you can draw some lines over the images
and use a variety of color. You can add some cut up tissue
paper, paper napkins or even some scrap pieces of fabric and glue on
All of these materials are intended to will help you make a
memorable and fun presentation of the fable.
Discuss the lesson of this fable and maybe you can come up with some
real life situations that apply to it.
A big thanks to Leanne - at DLTK'sCrafts for Kids web site for contributing the fable
color posters, coloring pages and finger puppets for this
activity! Visit DLTK's
Tortoise and the Hare Section for many more crafts and