The legend of “Stone Soup” is timeless. It’s been retold many times, notably by Marcia Brown, Ann McGovern and Jon J. Muth. Stone Soup is sacred text in preschool and elementary classrooms. If you are teaching Stone Soup, here are free printable activities. As an educator and homeschooler, I’ve used “Stone Soup” over the years.
My favorite retelling of “Stone Soup” is Marcia Brown (1945), who also wrote such childrens literature classics as Shadow and Once a Mouse. I have great respect for Ann McGovern. I think of Ann McGovern as the ‘If you lived…’ book lady because she wrote those great stories kids in my generation will remember about what it would be like to live with Sioux Indians, Colonial Times, etc. Ann McGovern helped fuel my passion for history, culture and anthropology. Visit Ann’s website here. I have to give a nod to Jon J. Muth, too for his Japanese version of “Stone Soup”. Jon J. Muth gave us such delightful tales as Zen Shorts, The Three Questions and now happily Zen Ties. Jon J. Muth does not seem to have a website, except for his Simon and Schuster author page. Jon and Stillwater need their own website or blog.
So use whichever version of “Stone Soup” you wish in your homeschool or classroom, or better yet, all three. Then, follow up the story with these free printable “Stone Soup” extension activities:
Lapbook Lessons (click here). Scroll down the Lapbook Lessons webpage for free printables:
Free printable cut and paste wheel graphic organizer The Lies They Told. This will help students sequence “Stone Soup” story events and make ‘if-then’ and cause and effect connections. Lapbook Lessons has a Christian focus and uses “Stone Soup” to illustrate Biblical truths and character traits. This activity focuses on lying.
Free printable cut and paste Loaves and Fishes mini book. Lapbook Lessons connects “Stone Soup” to the Biblical miracle of Jesus in which He multiplies the loaves and fishes to feed the multitudes.
Free Printable Stone Soup story cards Children and cut out story cards and use them to retell the Stone Soup story. Note this activity requires you to click and open two PDF links.
Free Printable Stone Soup facts books Lift the flap “Stone Soup” cut and paste booklet activity. Note this activity requires you to click and open two PDF links.
DLTK (click here) has free printable feltboard activities for “Stone Soup”.
Songs for Teaching (click here) has eight free printable “Stone Soup” lesson plans, worksheets, cut and paste manipulatives and games.
Crayola (click here) has free printable “Stone Soup” coloring and crafts.
Click here for a whole unit of activities on “Stone Soup” from Squidoo.
For more free printable lesson plans, visit the blogs listed.