* Here is a cave, inside
is a bear (Cupped hand is cave, curled
in thumb is bear)
Ow he comes out to get
some fresh air. (stick thumb out)
He stays out all summer in
the sunshine and heat
Hunting in the forest for
berries to eat (thumb “eats”)
When snow starts to fall,
he hurries inside (back to the cave)
To his warm little cave,
and there he will hide
Snow covers the cave like
a fluffy white rug (Snow flutters down,
hand over cave)
But inside the bear
sleeps, all cozy and snug. (open hand a
bit to show bear)
10 times tables and skip
couting with actions
5 times tables and skip counting with actions
2 times tables and skip counting with actions
11 times tables and skip counting with actions
4 times tables and skip counting with actions
Enchanters End Game
The Festival of Stones
seasonal or liturgical ones that may fit
in with the day
* The Land of The Fire Fairies -Adapted fromAnne Elizabeth Allen
This is a very old fairy
story that children enjoy so very much. Again we can use
our beautiful playsilks to dramatize this tale. A
red silk bunched up can be placed on the floor ahead of time to symbolize the
flames of the fire Ted falls asleep next to. If
you have a small figure dressed in red to hide under the silk, this can be the
fairy that comes out to tell Ted that the King has sent for him. Now
take your red silk and lay it long and narrow for the 'road' that they
travel. You can just tell the tale as you move
your fairy down the road (or you can really take the time to set up beforehand
and have small figures on each side for the other fairies working on logs,
houses, etc.). Use a large figure
for the King of the Fire Fairies and speak in a deep tone as you tell his part.
east wind was blowing the falling snow into drifts against the house, fences,
and trees. Colder and colder it grew, and little Ted, who had been out playing
snowball, suddenly burst into his grandmother's room, crying:
I'm so cold"
He took off his coat, hat, muffler, and
overshoes, stamped his feet and shook off the snow. A bright fire was roaring
in the grate, and Ted lay down before it to warm himself. He began to watch the
flames dancing up the chimney and disappearing into the darkness above. Picking
up a stick, he lighted it and held it up the chimney, trying to see whether he
could tell where the flame on the end of it went; and he was enjoying himself
very much, when his grandmother called to him to put down the stick.
"Why," said Ted, "I am just playing, and want to see what
becomes of the flames when they go up the chimney."
said Grandmother, "perhaps you do; but the fire king does not allow people
to play with his fairies. They are meant to do work, not to play."
"The fire king!" said Ted, as he dropped the stick into the fire;
"who is he, Grandmother?" "I've never seen him," she
answered; "but he lives in the land of the fairies."
his toes turned toward the fire, lying on his back on the warm hearth, Ted soon
dropped off to dreamland, the home of the pixies and fairies. No sooner
had he reached that queer land than straight out of the roaring fire jumped a
tiny little fairy clothed all in red, who said to Ted:
king of the fire fairies has sent for you. Will you come with me?"
was up in a moment, and jumping into the fire, followed close behind the tiny little
leader. The bright red road along which they traveled was very interesting. On
either side was a fringe of gray moss-like ashes, and as they hurried along Ted
saw the fire fairies at work by the hundreds. In one place they had a large log
they were working with, which was sending up great flames and much smoke. All
around the log were the blackened remains of the grass they had spoiled. In
another place a beautiful house was being torn down and burned up by these
little mischief-loving fellows. Again, he came to a large stove in which were
many of them were helping a cook get dinner ready, and warming the cold fingers
and toes of a little boy and girl.
The fairy who was leading Ted went so fast that he did not have a good look at
any of these things, and very soon the fairy shouted at the top of his little
voice, "Look!" Ted did look, and straight before him was a
larger palace than he had ever supposed could be built. Flames were
bursting out of doors and windows, and the roarmade Ted hold his ears, it was so loud.
either side of the great front door stood a large giant whom the little fairy
said were the giants Heat and Light. Putting Ted safely on the top of a
high wall, the fairy disappeared into the palace. And just at that moment a
giant greater than either of the others came to the door. In a voice that
sounded like thunder and shook everything around, the giant called:
is the little boy I sent for?"
knew then that this was the great fire king, and was frightened, but answered
quickly, "Here I am!" Then the giant said: "I have sent
for you to tell you that my fire fairies are not to be played with. They never
hurt any one unless they are played with and taken away from their work; then
they are sure to hurt the person who disturbs them."
frightened little Ted was as he promised faithfully never again to play with
fire! He was glad when the giant, satisfied with his promise, shut the great
door and disappeared, and his little guide in the bright red suit came skipping
toward him, and offered to take him back home.
the way back he found things changed. The stove was black and cold, and the
people who had been warming themselves around it and getting dinner had gone
away. The house was burned to the ground, and only a few sleepy fairies were
showing their red coats in the gray rubbish. Where the log had been only an
ash-heap remained, which the wind was carrying away. The road was no longer
red, but dusty, and Ted found that he could walk much more slowly.
tired he was! His face felt so warm, his body so stiff-and what was that noise?
How much like the dinner-bell it sounded! Was that the fairy who was slinking
him? A long stretch and a yawn, and his eyes flew open. There was his dear
grandmother trying to get him awake.
you see him, Grandmother," asked Ted.
"See whom?" she answered.
"The fire fairy," said Ted; and then began to laugh when he saw his
grandmother's eyes twinkle.
Grandmother," said he, "I have really been to see the giant king of
the fire fairies, and have seen his palace and the two giants Light and Heat
that guard his door."
* Here’s a heart in my
hands (hands together)
I hold it very near (bring
I share it with my family,
and all I see right here (gesture open)
Today our hands were busy
(hands turn over)
Tonight we all shall rest
(hands to face, as in sleep)
And every day I strive
(one hand up, other hand across body)