Poppin's Book Nook - Folktales - Strega Nona

25 May




Welcome to this month's edition of Poppin's Book Nook; our theme is Folktales. 

Doesn't seem too hard until you start to second guess everything you ever thought about Folktales! 

That's when you start searching the internet for the exact difference between folktales and fairy tales not to mention fables, tall tales, and legends! Here is the basic breakdown:

Fairy tales: contain magic and royalty (pretty sure they must contain royalty), definitely make believe, teaches a lesson

Folktales: are exaggerated, teach a lesson, have been passed down through generations through storytelling

Fables: usually contain talking animals, but they lack story development and are fairly short, used to teach morals

Tall Tales: contains unrealistic elements, but is told as if it is true

Legends: based on a historical figure and aspects of their life, but are usually exaggerated.

That being said you still usually find them all lumped together in the same section of the library, bookstore, or Amazon. 



The folk tale we chose is Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola.



If you are unfamiliar with this story it is about an old witch, Strega Nona, and her magical pasta pot which cooks pasta on command. She hires help to care for all the everyday things that she has trouble keeping up with, but her help, Big Anthony, doesn't listen when he is told not to touch the pasta pot, and almost covers the town in pasta while she is away one day! According to the author, this is actually a retelling of a much older folktale of a porridge pot! To read more of Strega Nona's history click here!

My kids really enjoyed this story; honestly, I think all kids enjoy this story!

To go along with the book I set up our own magical pasta pot complete with cooked spaghetti for the kids to play with.

In the book, Big Anthony didn't pay attention, and because of it didn't realize that you had to blow 3 kisses to the pot to stop it from cooking more pasta....therefore he had a town covered in pasta.

So in our pasta, I hid little pink pony beads (kisses), 3 for each kid. Then we had a contest to see who could find their kisses and stop the pot first, but there was a catch to it. I wanted them to find them with their eyes closed! 


At first, they seemed doubtful but played along, and after a few minutes of digging through cooked pasta they were giggling and having a great time!

Really this was a great sensory activity for them. It incorporated fine motor skills in picking up the little beads from the slippery spaghetti as well as classification skills to determine if what they felt was spaghetti or bead.

It's harder than you think.



Even after the beads had been found they continued squishing the spaghetti around and picking it up only to let it fall back to the pot or the ground.


In the end, we really ended up with what looked like a pasta pot explosion!


Luckily we got to use a broom to clean up our mess rather than a fork like Big Anthony!

In the end, my kids fell in love with Stega Nona, and we have found so many more of her books to enjoy! 

  



There are so many great Folktales out there; make sure you explore more of them with the free lapbook from  Enchanted Homeschooling Mom!




All the Poppin's Book Nook hosts have great folktales to share with you, so be sure to stop by and say hi to them all!




Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom's Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama




Have you had any folktale related fun? Link it up below!



Then join us again next month as we head into The Great Outdoors!



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