FINGER FABLES

(for Squiggly Squirmers)

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A highly engaging "hands-on" performance & workshop program

for children Pre-K to grade 2.

Select Fables

Big Fish, Small Pond


Originates in the Caribbean, and takes kids "by their hands" on a journey leading to that old saying. Here, Big Fish tries to escape the boredom of his small pond. The wild river however puts him in great dangers. There’s a rough current, huge hungry fish, and a fishing net! Big Fish discovers sometimes is good to be a big fish in a small pond. Children love acting out this fable. Activities- Ask children to answer questions about key details in the stories. Retell favorite parts of each story. Draw, three pictures in the order they happened, each of the dangers Big Fish met in the river. Draw in order the three games, Little Fish wanted to play with Big Fish. Do you know any one like Big Fish? What is the message?




Lion & Mouse


An adaptation joining Aesop’s classic with a touch of Androcles’ Lion. Here, children experience drama leading to the moral, ‘you are never too small to help.’ They’ll enjoy acting out with their hands, faces, and voice, Zebra, Antelope, Rhino, Giraffe, Monkey and Snake! It’s tender and touching too! Related Reading - Your favorite version from Aesop, & “Amos & Boris” by William Steig Activites - Ask the children to draw a picture showing how things were in the story each time the lion roared, beginning middle and end. Ask the children to list and draw three things they do at home or at school to help.




Sunny Time Bunny


Original fable, inspired by Margaret Wise Brown's "Runaway Bunny." A Bunny wants to run jump and have fun at nap time. Grandmother Willow and Grandfather Frog warn of Fox! Bunny learns it is better to let someone know where you are and best to watch out for each other. Activities- Play the Bunny/Fox game (jump about, then duck down when “Fox” appears. Act out the story as a group or ask children to do so in small groups of five. Draw pictures of favorite parts of the tale.




Fox & Crow


Aesop’s clever fable warns to beware of flattery. Children will completely understand what it means listening to this story of Fox outwitting Crow of a chunk of cheese. Listen Read- “Aesop for Children” with pictures by Milo Winter Activities- Discuss how Fox got the cheese from Crow. Look up Eagle, Peacock and Lark to see why Fox used them to trick Crow. Draw a series of two to six pictures showing what happens in this fable, step by step. Older students will enjoy James Thurber’s versions of this fable. Talk about what flattery means.




Swimmy


Adapted from Leo Lionni's delightful children’s book. A school of blue fish gets eaten by a huge shark. Swimmy remains. Finding a school of red fish Swimmy tries to join them. They shun the strange colored one. Then, comes a threatening shark. Swimmy shows them the value of being different. Activities- Read aloud and retell this tale. Reenact this tale. Discuss why the red fish changed about Swimmy. Why is it important to have different people in a group?




Barkface & Rootnose


An original fable showing why it's better to make friends in life than to try to fight your way to the top. Cooperation often bests competition. Two trees fight to be the biggest. Two new trees learn to work together to grow. They still grow today. Activities- Discuss and analyze why the first two trees feel and the next two trees thrived. Draw a sequence of pictures of the first two trees and the second trees showing what is different about them. Tell how you help your friends.




The Tailor’s Tale


A traditional German/Yiddish folk tale. What happens when something wears out? Turn it into something that never does - a story! Here, it becomes an interactive tale your students will learn to tell at home. Activities - Ask the children to do a story map sequencing the tale in six drawings. Ask th





Fees:  

One 45 minute assembly performance = $400.              Each additional assemblies, up to three in one day =$225.

Five in-class visits - each class gets a performance, with children retelling, re-enacting and writing workshop = $525. 

What happens a master storyteller performs Finger Fables?  Squiggly squirmers are taken into the tale by hand.  They get to turn their fingers into racing rabbits, lions and turtles and bears. (Oh My!) 

“Finger Fables” engage children to listen, follow along, and have fabulous fun. They learn kinetically to actively listen, retell, and reenact.  Studies prove storytelling improves retention, reading and writing.    Selections span Aesop to Anansi, the original spiderman! Ask for a selection from Margaret Wise Brown, or Leo Leoni. Look to make friends with "Barkface and Rootnose!" 
 

Ideal for children three to eight. Pre-K - grade 2. 

 

The best way is to offer an assembly performance, followed by four thirty-minute story-making workshops.  Usually, four short interactive fables are performed.

 

Alternatively, schedule a day of five in-class visits. Each 45-minute visit offers, three performed fables the children will retell, and reenact. We’ll launch a pre-writing/drawing activity on the main idea or a "Beginning - Middle - End sequence. Children may make a story-ending picture to take home and share. 

Story Map, 1st grader, from a workshop
"Rabbit & Turtle"
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