Flannel Friday: Stone Soup

14 Oct

Hi all! An old folktale today, one that many of us know/have used: Stone Soup. The version I use is from Judy Freeman’s Once Upon a Time: Using Storytelling, Creative Drama, and Reader’s Theater With Children in Grades PreK – 6, however, there are lots of other retellings and versions.

A beggar shows up in a village asking for food. One by one, the villagers tell him they don’t have enough to share. But the beggar tells them if they let him borrow a pot, he will show them how to make soup from a stone. He puts the stone in the pot, stirs it, and pretends to taste. He tells them it’s good, but would taste even better with a potato. A villager brings a potato, and that goes into the pot. This continues, and he one by one adds an onion, carrot, tomato, and broth. In the end, of course, he has a delicious soup for all to share. And the villagers will, from then on, always share what they have.  Nice message, eh?

I made a giant black pot and a stone, to start:

And then, all the veggies (and a bowl of broth) to go in:

To make it interactive, I attached a second piece of felt to the backside of the pot, leaving the top open. Kids can bring the vegetables up, one by one, to put in the pot, if the group allows. Or I can make them “disappear” into the pot:

Mmm, soup!

How have you used folktales like this in storytime? Have you ever used a variation on Stone Soup?

Check with Andrea later today for the full Flannel Friday roundup! And click on the FF icon to the right to go to our Pinterest page and see all the flannels helpfully categorized in an easy-to-browse picture format!


4 Responses to “Flannel Friday: Stone Soup”

  1. clevinso October 15, 2011 at 2:32 am #

    Cool cauldron! We have a big plastic cauldron, a huge collection of toy food stuffs, and a big wooden stick to stir all up. all of these are probably a pretty common item in public library YS depts (only one of the many reasons I love this job.:)

  2. Sharon October 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    So brave to make this into a flannel story. We just use props! Nice work, the pot is great.

  3. Anne (@sotomorrow) October 14, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    This is one of my favorites! I need to flannelize it also. I love how you did your pot and will totally copy you. 🙂


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