> *Letter H >
H is for Hare
*Letter T >
Animals > Mammals
Select a hare or tortoise printable craft
Holidays and Events >
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21st > Reptile Awareness Day
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Online Story time
Tortoise and the Hare
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: The
Tortoise and the Hare (print or read from the screen)
great online story version here.
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
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. This 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
(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.
Activity > Reading another version of the fable
Fable Poster with Image and Text - in color - print
or read from the screen. If you print you may want to exhibit
with the fable posters mentioned below.
Fable Posters - in color - to help you
present the fable - (3 posters). You can use on flannel board, easel
or poster board.
Coloring pages Set 1- Fable Story: Pages 1 - 3 this
set is the same images as the
fable posters which can be colored and decorated after the
Coloring pages - Set #2:
*Tortoise & Hare at the Finish Line
*Realistic Hare and
Coloring pages: These can be used for flannel board
characters, display and to make easy stick puppets for an easy activity
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
Alphabet Activities >
This is a good opportunity to incorporate presentations for:
*Lesson plans for Letter H is for Hare and Letter T is for Turtle in
the materials column.
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's
Printable Crafts 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
Tortoise and the Hare Story Card
Tortoise and Hare Maze
Coloring Pages to
decorate or make felt characters:
& Hare at the Finish Line
External links to
Black and white
Fable Color Posters
Fable Story Color Posters
Fable Story Coloring Pages
* computer paper and/card stock
* something to color with
easel, poster board or flannel board to exhibit the posters and