The Tortoise and the Hare Fable Lesson Plan Printable Activities and Crafs for Preschool
The Tortoise and the Hare Fable
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities and Crafts


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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 enjoy fables because most of them feature animals as the main characters.

Activity: Read, listen and watch the fable
Discuss the lesson of this fable and maybe you can come up with some real life situations that apply to it.

Option 1: The Tortoise an the Hare (read-print and video at YouTube)

Option 2: The Tortoise and the Hare (print & read poster or B&W)

Printable activities:
All of these materials are intended to will help you make a memorable and fun presentation of the fable.

The Tortoise and the Hare:

  • Activity > Maze > to practice problem solving skills and early handwriting skills
  • Activity > The Tortoise and the Hare coloring pages


  • Hare Crafts: Practice a variety of skills. 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.
  • Easy 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 skills.

Alphabet Activities: This is a good opportunity to incorporate presentations for Letter H Hare and Letter T Turtle or Tortoise.

Coloring pages > Hare and Tortoise coloring pages
These can be used for flannel board characters, display and to make easy stick puppets for an easy activity.

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Finger puppets (color or black & white version) Children can also have fun coloring these adorable finger puppets. Adult may need to help with the scissor cutting. Incorporate in the discussion and reading.


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