We spent the day reading and playing with Aesop’s Fable of “The Lion and the Mouse.” In this story, a lion is awakened from a nap by a little mouse running over his feet. The mouse pleads for his life and pledges to assist the lion in the future. The lion laughs at the idea of a little mouse ever being able to help him, but he’s generous and allows the mouse to live. Days later the lion is caught in a hunter’s net and unable to free himself roars loudly, drawing the attention of the mouse. The mouse rushes to the lion’s aid and frees him from the trap by gnawing through the ropes. Moral: A kindness is never wasted.
First we read the story aloud over breakfast. We spent some time discussing the main theme of the story and different ways we can help others. Common chores around the house including helping with laundry, putting away the silverware, and dusting were all mentioned.
We then listened to our audio version of the story provided by Mother Goose Time. Each time the word “lion” appeared the kids roared and held their hands out like claws. Every time they heard the word “mouse” they crouched down low and squeaked in their imitation of a mouse noise.
We then let Ladybug save her stuffed lion from a “trap.” We wrapped the lion in yarn and tied several knots over the feet and head. She had a fabulous time undoing knots and using her scissors to cut the lion free.
Both kids had a great time looking for the mouse and other animals included in the Aesop Fable themed poster from Mother Goose Time.
The kids also had a fabulous time creating story puppets and retelling the story using the puppets. They took turns pretending to be the lion and the mouse. We discussed similarities (have fur, have teeth) and differences (size, vocalizations) between lions and mice.
Little Goose is a supplement provided by Mother Goose Time that helps engage toddlers with the preschool level curriculum. They offer Trap Play activities, most of which both my preschooler and toddler enjoy doing. The tray play activity for “The Lion and the Mouse” had the kids use cut up post-it notes to create a lion mane around printed pictures of the face. Ladybug was more than happy to put her scissor skills to work cutting out the strips and both of them enjoyed creating and then removing the mane multiple times.
We have recently been blessed with some wonderfully sweet, new neighbors who have moved in across the street. After reading this story, I brain stormed with the kids about something kind we could do for the new family. The result was some baking in the kitchen and some delicious caramel brownies. We dutifully taste tested our product before delivering our gift 🙂 I love that the kids recognize that being kind can be enjoyable! It has also helped them remember that, “A kindness is never wasted.”
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