Come share the story of the Tortoise & the Hare then have relay races through an in-house obstacle course. (Two Groups – Ages 3-6 & 6-10)
Display: Tortoise & the Hare books including Jerry Pinkney version, CD: The Tortoise & The Hare by Stephen Simon, Conductor & Composer London Philharmonic Orchestra
Ages 3-6 program:
Read: The Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray (based on the Aesop’s fable)
Sing (with Puppets): Little Bunny Foo Foo http://makingmusicfun.net/pdf/sheet_music/little_bunny_foo_foo_leadsheet.pdf
Read: Stella & Roy by Ashley Wolff (Big sister & little brother race each other around the pond in this modern retelling…)
Ages 6-10 program:
Open with “Tortoise & the Hare” Mad Libs from SRC Manual
Read: The Hare and Tortoise by Alison Murray
Act (with Puppets): Reader’s Theater Play (below) – Adapted from The Tortoise and the Hare by Janet Stevens by Jennifer Jensen -- http://education.ed.pacificu.edu/sweb/jjensen/web-content/hare.html
Both groups – obstacle/challenge course – give each child a heavy stock Ellison die-cut gold star – they write their names on these and then my teen volunteers will place a dot on their stars when they attempt each activity. They’ll bring their stars and get a temporary tattoo when they complete the course.
Obstacle course – challenges:
Set up 10 bowling pins
See how many you can knock down!
Sit on a ball and use your feet to roll it along or Lie on a ball and see how far you can roll it before you roll off!
Hula Hoop – How long can you go without dropping it?
Hula Hoop – How many can you keep up?
Jump in and out of the hula-hoops
Try one foot, two feet & sideways!
Can you balance on the balance board?
Can you do a somersault?
Can you do a handstand? (Be sure you have someone to help you!)
Can you do a cartwheel?
Hop on one foot 10 times – then do the other foot!
Jump on the Trampoline!
Do 10 Jumping Jacks!
(Can you carry the shakey egg on the spoon across the room without dropping it?)
Silly Walks – Use a stretchy cord and try to take 10 steps
Sit Ups – Get a Partner and hold each others’ feet – or use a stretchy cord and do “push me-pull you” sit ups!
Can you get the bean bag in the Corn Hole?
Crawl Through a Tunnel
Giant Jenga (staff kitchen)
Reader's Theater Adapted from The Tortoise and the Hare by Janet Stevens by Jennifer Jensen http://education.ed.pacificu.edu/sweb/jjensen/web-content/hare.html – readapted (basically to include more narrators) by Carol Simon Levin
Cast of characters: Narrators (6), Tortoise, Hare, Tortoise’s friends: Mouse, Bear and Rooster
Narrator 1: Once upon a time, there was a tortoise and a hare.
Narrator 2: Tortoise was friendly and quiet. He did everything slowly.
Narrator 3: Hare was flashy and rude. He did everything quickly.
Narrator 4: Hare liked to tease Tortoise about being slow. When Tortoise ate breakfast, Hare said:
Hare: By the time you finish your last bite, it will be dinnertime!
Narrator 5: When Tortoise worked in his garden, Hare said:
Hare: By the time you pick those spring flowers, it will be winter.
Narrator 6: One afternoon, Hare followed Tortoise to the store. Hare teased him on the way.
Hare: By the time you get there, the store will be closed. You’re so slow, I could beat you at a race, hopping backwards on one paw.
Tortoise: But I could never beat you Hare.
Mouse, Bear and Rooster: Yes you could Tortoise. All you need is a little help.
Hare: Then you will race me, Tortoise?
Narrator 1: Tortoise pulled his head into his shell.
Tortoise: I don’t want to.
Mouse, Bear and Rooster: You’ve got to. You’ve put up with that nasty hare long enough. We think you can win.
Narrator 2: Tortoise didn’t want to disappoint his friends, so he finally agreed to a race against Hare.
Narrator 3: Tortoise only had two-and-a-half weeks to get in shape before the big race.
Narrator 4: Rooster helped him out at the gym. Raccoon cooked him healthy meals.
Narrator 5: Frog went jogging with him every morning.
Narrator 6: By the day of the race, Tortoise was ready.
Narrator 1: Animals from all over the county came to watch the tortoise and the hare.
Narrator 2: Rooster read aloud the rules and described the course.
Rooster: Attention everyone. The race will begin when I sound this gong. The six-mile course is marked by red flags. The first one to reach the finish line wins. Runners, take your mark, get set, GO!!
Narrator 3: Raccoon sounded the gong.
Narrator 4: Hare bolted out of sight before Tortoise had taken his first step.
Narrator 5: The crowd roared and cheered as Tortoise inched forward.
Narrator 6: Hare was so far ahead that he decided to stop at Bear’s house for something cool to drink.
Narrator 1: Hare rested and sipped lemonade.
Narrator 2: Bear noticed something moving outside the window.
Bear: Hare, there goes Tortoise.
Narrator 3: Yelled Hare, running out the door.
Narrator 4: Hare passed Tortoise for the second time.
Narrator 5: Then he decided to stop at Mouse’s house for a snack.
Narrator 6: As Hare munched on crackers and cheese, Mouse yelled:
Mouse: Is that Tortoise I see out the window?
Hare: I’m not worried about that slowpoke. I’ve passed him twice today already.
Narrator 1: Then he finished his snack and hopped out the door.
Narrator 2: Hare passed Tortoise for a third time.
Narrator 3: Now, he was far ahead.
Narrator 4: He saw a pond and decided to stop and rest.
Narrator 5: The snacks had made him sleepy.
Narrator 6: Hare was so sure that he would win, he took a nap in the soft grass.
Narrator 1: As he closed his eyes, he dreamed of victory.
Narrator 2: Suddenly, Hare woke up. The crowd was cheering.
Mouse, Bear and Rooster: Yay, Tortoise!
Narrator 3: Tortoise was two steps away from the finish line.
Hare: Slow down, you bowlegged reptile!
Narrator 4: Screamed Hare as he tried to catch up.
Narrator 5: But it was too late.
Narrator 6: Tortoise crossed the finish line just before the tornado of dust and fur that was Hare flew by.
Narrator 1: Tortoise had won the race.
Narrator 2: Hare couldn’t believe it.
Narrator 3: That measly shell on legs had beaten him.
Everyone except Tortoise & Hare: Tortoise smiled as his friends carried him on their shoulders. The end!