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:
    • Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende Devlin and Harry Devlin, 2012. Grandmother certainly didn't want to ask Mr. Whiskers for Thanksgiving dinner! SOMEONE stole her favorite, secret recipe for cranberry bread! Was Mr. Whiskers the thief? (includes the recipe)
    • Thanksgiving Is by Gail Gibbons, 2005. Thanksgiving is a time to share with family and friends, and a time to give thanks for many blessings.
    • Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, 2008. Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks-the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small and big pleasures.
    • The Thankful Book by Todd Parr, 2012. Todd Parr's bestselling books have taught kids about unconditional love, respecting the earth, facing fears, and more, with his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity.
  • Review How to Read a Storybook, 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 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

Seat a child with hearing or sight difficulties near the reader.