Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- A copy of the story, The Picture on the Kitchen Wall
- Optional: "The Picture on the Kitchen Wall" coloring sheet, and crayons
Preparation for Activity
- Read the story and prepare to tell or read it to the group.
- Optional: Print the coloring sheet and copy for all participants. Place coloring sheets and crayons where children can use them when invited but will not be distracted beforehand.
Description of Activity
Gather the children in a circle. Read or tell the story.
When you are done, ask the children what they think it was like at Chang Kung's house. In Chang Kung's family, what did the people and pets do that was kind, caring and respectful?
Children will probably say, "not fight." Help them generate some other, affirmative ideas about kind, caring and respectful things that a parent, a child, a grandparent, or even a pet might do.
Including All Participants
Offer children the opportunity to color the illustration provided for “The Picture on the Kitchen Wall” to engage different learning styles and to help children focus on or relate to the story. A coloring activity can be a "preview" of a story. It can work as a quiet activity to help children physically settle. You might use it afterward to help the group recall and respond to the story.