- Cristi Wuenschel
Hare & Tortoise Puppets for Preschoolers
As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.
This week, we're learning about Aesop's Fables and today's topic was The Hare & the Tortoise.
Our Teacher Guide from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) included lots of fun activities to go with the story.
We discussed what we should do if something seems hard. We listened to today's fable. And when we were done, the children made these adorable hare and tortoise puppets to retell the story themselves.
Creative art is such an important part of this curriculum. Each day's lesson plan includes a fun, hands-on activity that gives the preschoolers a wonderful opportunity to get creative while exploring the day's topic even further.
We've shared how much the preschoolers love the included Make & Play activities many times before and today's puppet crafts were no exception.
The children were given a puppet page from Experience Early Learning so they could color their tortoise and hare and then cut them out, which meant lots of practice with fine motor skills.
After that, the preschoolers assembled their puppets using craft sticks and talked about why they thought a tortoise might beat a hare in a race.
These cute hare and tortoise puppets were perfect for practicing storytelling and dramatic play. The children had a wonderful time using their puppet crafts to retell the story over and over again.
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to with our Fables & Folktales theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).