Friday, November 18, 2011

Reenact the Thirsty crow fable: Act a story

Book: The Crow and the Pitcher: A Retelling of Aesop's Fable (Read-It! Readers: Fables Yellow Level)

Day 14 Challenge: Act out a Story!

Spend [at least] 15 minutes of uninterrupted time reenacting a favorite story of your child's!

What we did:

We reenacted our favorite fable "The Thirsty Crow". It's one of my favorite childhood story.

Materials used:

Measuring cup or a clear cup
Stones, pebbles, Almonds

The story!

There was once a thirsty crow. She looked for water here and there. At last she found a pot of water. But the pot had very little water at the bottom and the crow was unable to drink it. She picked up some stones and dropped them into the pot one by one. The water came up! The crow drank the water and flew away happily!

In the story, the clever crow drops pebbles into the pot/pitcher to cause the water level to rise. I thought it would be a cool activity to explain water displacement and buoyancy. But CJ was least interested to know the reason. She was having more fun playing and experimenting. First we used Almonds because I was not sure whether CJ will get too involved in the story and drink the water.

We filled a measuring cup with water to a level. you can also use a clear cup and mark the water level with a marker. Then we dropped the almonds bunch by bunch. As we added, the water level increased. Finally the water came up and as expected my crow did want to drink the water:-)

1: The crow found a cup of water. But there was a little water and the crow was unable to drink.
2 & 3: She dropped the almonds one by one and the water level increased
4: The crow drank the water and flew away happily

We gave it a try with tiny rocks too.

Water level came up!

Suddenly CJ started to remove the rocks from the water and she said "Mommy! I got an Idea! See If I remove the stones from the water, water level goes down again. Wow! Its like a Magic"

Extension of the activity: Vary the materials and weigh them, Note/record the observations What material displaced the most water? Which displaced the least? Does heavy object displace more water?


  1. Love this story! What a great way to retell it!
    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  2. Great literacy connection! Love CJ's "a-ha" moment about the water level going down.

  3. Aaah! How sweet! The budding scientist! Isn't it sweet when they start to discover things? And get excited by it?!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  4. Love the idea of the little water jug for each child to fill.
    I told this as an oral story and before the story started handed out stones to some of the children so they could be involved.

  5. aaaawww.. thats so cute!! :-)

  6. what a fun re-enactment of the story & science experiment all-in-one!

    Thanks for linking your idea to the Sunday Showcase last week. Hope to see you this week!