Activity 3: Story - The Lion On The Path
Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- A version of the fable, The Tiger and the Fox
- A chime, a rain stick, or another calming sound instrument
Preparation for Activity
- Read the story a few times.
- Consider telling the story rather than reading it. Practice telling it aloud.
- Think about how you might use the story basket and what props might work for this story. Consider stuffed animals, a tiger and a fox, or a black and orange striped scarf to represent the tiger and a red one for the fox.
- Arrange the children's seating for this story to give them room to act the story out.
- Be ready with a story of your own about a time when you took a risk and did something that was scary and why it was important that you did so. You may wish to share your personal story to help children think of their own examples, during the discussion after the story.
Description of Activity
In this activity you will tell a version of the fable, The Tiger and the Fox. By having the children participate in the story actively you are engaging them kinesthetically which will help some make a stronger connection to the story and the concepts and feelings it embodies. By using this story you are helping the children to have a vicarious experience of the emotions associated with fear and courage.
Before you begin, look around the room and make eye contact with each person. Read or tell the story.
Ring the chime to indicate that the story is over.
When you have finished the story, take some time to help the children shape a definition of courage by examining the feelings and actions of the fox in the story. In this discussion, you can also guide them to think of and tell about times when they, themselves, took a risk even though it was scary, because they knew it was important to do so.
Begin with questions about the story:
- Who do you think showed courage in this story?
- Was Fox courageous? Why or why not?
- What does it mean to you to be courageous? (Affirm ideas that go toward this definition: Courageous means doing something scary because you know it is the right thing to do, whether out of love, caring or conscience.)
Then switch gears. Ask the children: Have you ever done something that was scary, but you did it anyway because you knew it was the right thing to do? If the children don't respond right away, tell them a personal story about a time when you took a risk and did something that was scary and why it was important that you did so. Let the children each share a story if they have one. Make sure that you put a time limit on each child and give a turn to any who wish to speak.
Including All Participants
Participation in this story can be adapted to fit the abilities of any child. If any children have mobility limitations, do not ask the children playing the roles of the frightened humans (or the other animals, depending on which version of The Tiger and the Fox you use) to "scatter and run." Instead you might instruct them to "get away as fast as you can, because you are frightened!"
If any children in the group may find it difficult to sit still while listening to even a participatory story, you may wish to make fidget objects available to them. Fidget objects are fully described in the Leader Resources section; they can provide a non-disruptive outlet for a child who needs to move.