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Slow and Steady Wins the Race !

Slow and Steady Wins the Race !

Become Tortoise and act out the story

What you need…
• Paper plate
• Scissors
• Construction paper
• Hole punch
• Yarn or ribbon
• Masking tape

Ask an adult to read The Tortoise and the Hare with you:

Once upon a time there was a hare who, boasting how he could run faster than anyone else, was
forever teasing tortoise for his slowness. Then one day, the irate tortoise answered back: “Who
do you think you are? There’s no denying you’re swift, but even you can be beaten!” The hare
squealed with laughter.
“Beaten in a race? By whom? Not you, surely! I bet there’s nobody in the world that can win
against me, I’m so speedy. Now, why don’t you try?”
Annoyed by such bragging, the tortoise accepted the challenge. A course was planned, and the
next day at dawn they stood at the starting line. The hare yawned sleepily as the meek tortoise
trudged slowly off. When the hare saw how painfully slow his rival was, he decided, half asleep
on his feet, to have a quick nap. “Take your time!” he said. “I’ll have forty winks and catch up with
you in a minute.”
The hare woke with a start from a fitful sleep and gazed round, looking for the tortoise. But the
creature was only a short distance away, having barely covered a third of the course. Breathing
a sigh of relief, the hare decided he might as well have breakfast too, and off he went to munch
some cabbages he had noticed in a nearby field. But the heavy meal and the hot sun made his
eyelids droop. With a careless glance at the tortoise, now halfway along the course, he decided
to have another snooze before flashing past the winning post. And smiling at the thought of the
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look on the tortoise’s face when it saw the hare speed by, he fell fast asleep and was soon
snoring happily. The sun started to sink below the horizon, and the tortoise, who had been plodding towards the winning post since morning, was scarcely a yard from the finish. At that very
point, the hare woke with a jolt. He could see the tortoise a speck in the distance and away he
dashed. He leapt and bounded at a great rate, his tongue lolling, and gasping for breath. Just a
little more and he’d be first at the finish. But the hare’s last leap was just too late, for the tortoise
had beaten him to the winning post. Poor hare! Tired and in disgrace, he slumped down beside
the tortoise who was silently smiling at him.
“Slowly does it every time!” he said.
Slow and Fast are opposites. Try clapping slowly, and then try clapping fast. Try
blinking slowly, and then try blinking fast. Also, try crawling, hopping, and walking slowly,
and then try crawling, hopping, and walking fast!
A tortoise has a large shell on its back. To create your own tortoise shell to wear on your
back, you will need to start by cutting out several small triangles from construction paper.
You can choose to cut out only green triangles for the shell, or create a multicolored
tortoise shell by cutting out all different colored triangles.
Once finished cutting out the triangles, glue them to the bottom of a paper plate to
resemble the pattern of a tortoise shell.
Punch two holes on each side of the paper plate. Next, tie a long piece of yarn (about 12
inches long) through each of the holes.
Center the tortoise shell on your back and tie it around your chest. You have created your
very own tortoise shell.
Next, create your racecourse by making a masking-tape pathway on the floor of your room.
Act out this story by asking your parent or brother or sister to play the role of the Hare.
Begin the race by calling out: “On your mark, get set, go!” When you call out “Go!” instruct
the Hare to pretend to fall asleep at the starting line while you pretend to be the tortoise
and crawl along the path, reminding yourself that slow and steady wins the race!
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Slow and Steady Wins the Race !

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