Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Chalice Children: A Program about Our Unitarian Universalist Community for Preschoolers

Activity 4: Story

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Story book

Preparation for Activity

  • Choose a story from the following suggestions:
    • How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham, 2008. In a city full of hurried people, only young Will notices the bird lying hurt on the ground.
    • The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney, 2009. In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney’s wordless adaptation of one of Aesop’s most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted.
    • Hardworking Puppies by Lynn Reiser, 2006. All puppies grow up to be dogs, but these 10 lucky puppies grow up to be dogs with jobs!
    • A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead and Erin Stead, 2010. Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, they come in all sorts of species, too!
  • Review How to Read a Story Book, under Resources in the Introduction.

Description of Activity

Hold up the book and say, in these words or your own:

Here’s how I am going to read the story. Does anyone need to move so that they can see and hear?

This will help children move if they need to and then get settled before the story is started, so they don’t interrupt the reading. It also serves as a reminder that if they stand or sit right in front of the pages, no one else can see. Invite them to find a place to settle so that everyone can see. When all are ready, read the story. When you finish reading, ask if anyone has thoughts about the story that they would like to share.

Including All Participants

Have a child with hearing or sight difficulties sit near the reader.