Global Fable Fun

Learning Areas:

  • Literacy


What is this activity?

ECSEL Standards

What skills are being enhanced? What knowledge is gained?


What do you need to prepare for this activity?


Step by step guide

ECSEL Prompts

What questions can you ask to promote ECSEL thinking and discussions?

Extended Learning

How can you extend children’s thinking?


Explore cultural fables with this creative literacy activity!

ECSEL Standards & Learning Goals

What skills are being enhanced & what knowledge is being gained through this activity?

Emotional Understanding

Children will begin to be able to identify which of the four basic emotions (happy, sad, scared, angry) that the prince felt while looking for his princess from The Princess and the Pea book.

Empathy & Prosocial Skills

Children will be able to practice taking turns sharing their thoughts about the book with teacher guidance and support.

CASEL Standards

Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills


  • The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora
  • Printed images representing Africa: people, culture, landscape, traditions, etc.
The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora


  1. To prepare for this activity, place the The Princess and the Pea book by Rachel Isadora in the circle time area. 
  2. To introduce this activity, read The Princess and the Pea book by Rachel Isadora to the children. While reading, use prompts such as:
    • What colors do you see on this page?
    • Do their clothes look the same as ours or are they different?
    • What language do you think they are speaking in this book?
    • What animals do you see on this page? When we look outside, do we see the same animals?
    • What emotions do you see in the pictures? I see happy faces. Can anyone find a sad face? 
  3. After reading the book, compare and contrast the children in the classroom and the printed images. Support children in identifying these differences by using prompts such as:
    • This is a picture of people from Africa just like the people from the book. 
    • Are their clothes the same as yours? Are the colors the same? What colors do you see?
    • These people have brown eyes. Do we all have brown eyes? What other eye colors do our friends have? I see blue, green, brown, and hazel.
    • Everyone is different and that is what makes us all special!
    • What else do you see in the pictures? Do you see any different animals?
  4. Encourage children to continue the conversation about differences while outside on the playground. Verbalize your observations by identifying and opening the conversation about the ways that our playground is much different than the outdoors in the book. 

ECSEL Prompts

ECSEL Prompts are helpful questions & guiding statements you can use to provoke children’s thinking about emotions. These prompts are related to this specific activity.

Thank you for listening quietly while your friend was talking. That was very kind!

Do you think the prince was feeling happy or sad when he couldn’t find his princess?

Extended Learning

Use these questions & ideas to extend children’s learning!

To extend children’s thinking, cut t-shirt shapes out of construction paper. Guide the children in decorating their shirts with markers and other age-appropriate art materials. Discuss how each child’s shirt is different and unique just like the clothing worn in the book.

Toddler – Global Fable Fun

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