Title: The Lion and the Mouse
Author: Aesop’s Fable
Age: preschool, early elementary
Description: A familiar story about helping one another in surprising ways
- Helping others
- Perspective Taking
- Not being a bully
- Dramatic Play
Why I like this book: It’s a great story about not picking on people weaker than you and a reminder that little ones, even kids, can be smart and act kindly.
Ideas for Use:
- Before reading the story, talk about what kids know about mice and lions – What size are they? What do they like to eat? Are they fierce or mellow, brave or fearful?
- As you read the story, have the kids predict what the lion will do when it catches the mouse. This often can lead to discussions about bullying.
- This is a great book to delve into expected and unexpected behaviors and the consequences of each. The lion released the mouse, which freed him, made him happy and resulted in the mouse freeing the lion on another day.
- This is a great story for dramatic play. With a group of 3 – 5, have the kids take on roles of different small animals such as a mouse, bird, rabbit, or snake. Have them think about and act out how each of those characters might free the lion.
- Acting out the story creates opportunities for motor play as the kids set up their animal homes and move like various animals.
- When kids act out this story, they are working on self-regulation. The lion must be careful not to grasp the mouse too hard and when the lion is released from his net, he must figure out how to not struggle too hard.
- If the motor planning element is too challenging and the kids can’t tell the story while they move, try using finger puppets or making paper bag puppets to use for a puppet show.
- The best part of the story is that if we help someone, they may come back to help us later, and what a good feeling that is for everyone!
Submitted by: Jill Perry, MHA, MS, OTR/L