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:
    • The Easter Egg by Jan Brett, 2010. If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit deliver the eggs on Easter morning. But it is not so easy.
    • Happy Easter, Corduroy! by Don Freeman and Lisa McCue, 2010. After Corduroy decorates eggs, he invites his friends over for an Easter egg hunt. Then they all have a picnic- and even get to pet some baby lambs. A board book.
    • Meet Jesus: The Life and Lessons of a Beloved Teacher by Lyn Tuttle Gunney and Jane Conteh-Morgan, 2008. This picture book written by a Unitarian Universalist introduces young children (ages 4-8) to Jesus and his lessons of love, kindness, forgiveness, and peace.
    • How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti and Yancey Labat, 2012. Count and pretend to eat them!
  • 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 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.

Meet Jesus The Life and Lessons of a Beloved Teacher

By Lynn Tuttle Gunney, Jane Conteh-Morgan

From Skinner House Books

Beautiful illustrations and a simple text follow the life of Jesus. For ages four to eight.

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