This is a classic, award-winning tale of three hungry soldiers returning from the wars, seeking a meal and place to rest. When the townspeople, who are afraid of strangers are a bit less than hospitable, the clever soldiers give them a recipe fit for royalty and a feast they will not soon forget! This book is a great compliment to our rock theme this week and can inspire some great play activities, too.
I introduced our book during breakfast in the morning, bringing it to the table to read with S and Y. While S is almost always up for reading together, this book is a bit lengthy and I felt the table would be an ideal setting to read it together before beginning our busy morning. He has loved learning some new vocabulary this week related to rocks--like pebble and stone. Language development happens so naturally through reading together! S automatically took to his kitchen set after breakfast for some Stone Soup themed dramatic play. He got out his pots and a spoon, grabbed a rock from our shelf and got busy!
The proof is in the pudding here--story stretchers don't always need to involve preparation or direction from adults. Children naturally expand upon literature through play! I was certain he would enjoy our afternoon plans just as much when I invited him to the kitchen with me to help make our Shabbos soup, Stone Soup style!
One of our favorite Shabbos songs to sing is this one, to the tune of "London Bridges" about making soup!
Shabbat Soup Song
Put the chicken in the pot (hold arms out in a circle, like a pot)
Stir it up, nice and hot (stir your "pot")
Get it ready for Shabbat,
Children can insert their own ideas for ingredients and it's particularly fun to include props like a pot and pretend food/pictures of foods to add or to include hand motions.
|You can build letter recognition by making alphabet soup|
in the tub, water table or a plastic bin!
|Chalk is a rock!|
|Graphite works just like our pencils!|
|Building our names with letter rocks|
|Rock n'Roll Painting with red paint on the letter R|
|We rocked out to some great music while rolling the rock through the paint inside the shoe box!|
|S loved using rocks in his water table--with and without water!|
For some more great reading on rocks, we really loved these books:
- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
- A Rock is Lively by Diana Hutts Aston
- If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk
- Stone Soup by: Marcia Brown
- If You Find a Rock by Barbara Hirsch Lember and Peggy Christian
|This little guy is a big lover of rocks!|
We'll be back next week with our next Story Stretcher theme. Until then...