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Online Story time > Tall tales > Paul Bunyan, The Giant Lumberjack
(two versions)

 

Come and enjoy two versions of Paul Bunyan's tall tale:

Version 1: Paul Bunyan, The Giant Lumberjack at paulbunyantrail.com  This tall tale is adaptable for  children ages 4+ and older.
Version #2: The Tall Tale of Paul Bunyan at animatedtales.com for children ages 6+

Activity:  Read and Discuss Story
Explain to the children they will hear a story of Paul Bunyan, a very famous folkloric American character.  This type of story is called a tall tale.  A tall tale is a unusual story that has been retold over the years and exaggerated.

Make a selection of the pages you feel will be of interest to the children.  The entire text might be too long.

a.  Review with children which parts of the story are exaggerated and make a list.  Ask the children why these statements are  exaggerated.

b.  Community Helpers and Careers: Discuss what is the job of a lumberjack (logger or woodcutter).  
  
Activity:  Make your own Tall Tale

Discuss what is a tall tale.

Sit the children in small groups and ask them if they can come up with a tall tale about Paul Bunyan.
Give each group a question that they can develop:
a.  Paul Bunyan's shirt buttons were made out of (these were really huge buttons).

b.  Paul Bunyan drank out of a ..... it had to be something very big

Come up with other possibilities and have the children use the phrase such as:
"According to the way I heard it ..... "

Get together to discuss the "tall tales" developed.

Activity:  Alphabet printable activities > Letter O is for Ox
Write and practice letter O (short o sound).

Activity:   Puzzles (Online and Offline) - Problem Solving

*Ox Progressive Printable Puzzles (matches the cow puppet craft featured)
Visit this activity to print your selection of an Ox printable puzzles.  The puzzles are available in four stages from 18+ of age and over.

Activity:
Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox Babe Online Jigsaw Puzzle
The default puzzle is six pieces quite suitable for preschoolers.  Below are matching coloring pages.  The entire family can participate since you can increase the number of pieces  by clicking the shapes button.  Click these to take you to the puzzle.

Children as young as 2.5 years old will have fun putting these puzzles together and develop problem solving skills.  Tip:  Spread the puzzle pieces on the screen so children can see the images on the pieces.

Activity:  Coloring Pages - Paul Bunyan and Ox
Print these two coloring pages:
* Coloring Page - Paul Bunyan
* Coloring Page - Paul Bunyan & his Blue Ox Babe 
Supply a variety of materials to color the pages. 

Activity #6:  Paul Bunyan's Blue Ox Babe Crafts 
These crafts can be easily adapted to be Paul Bunyan's beloved Blue Ox Babe.  Assemble your choice and use as a story time helper and to present the alphabet short O vowel sound .  Children can assemble after reading the story.  

Craft:  Cow | Bull | Ox Paper Bag Puppet Craft or Craft Stick Puppet. (image featured) 
This craft is available in color - blue and black and white.  The craft is two pieces and very easy for young children.

 

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