Folktales & Food: Enjoy These Yummy Stories, Then Write Your Own Story About Food!

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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Many of the world's best loved folktales, "Stone Soup," "The Magic Porridge Pot," and " Anansi's Hot Bean Soup" are about food! Combine these folktales with the creative writing methods of paper-cutting, draw and tell, sign language or tangrams and you have a scrumptious combination! After enjoying these tales, your students will decide on their favorite food to include in their own personal narrative folktale! Interactive learning!
(We adapt this program to your grade level.)

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By Request: $155.00
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45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:

Even just one listener is important!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

International, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Social Studies/History, Writing Storytelling

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Author Valerie Marsh

Johns Island, SC
United States

     Valerie is the author of 13 storytelling books, a writing teacher, and storyteller. Her books include Paper Cutting Stories A to Z, A Treasury of Trickster Tales, Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell, Draw, and Fold, and Story Puzzles: Tales in the Tangram Tradition. Other books include Paper Cutting Stories for Holidays, Puppet Tales, and True Tales of Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including "Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and tell), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram objects), and Sign Language. She offers a wide variety of programs for students of all ages, as well as professional development workshops for teachers. Her writing methods are easy, involve audience participation, and engage students! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your students! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz the Science Wiz joins Valerie for our Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets, sign language and action to anchor basic scientific facts presented in our programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science concepts!

Please note: All of our programs are for learners in school or at home, or both!

Author Valerie Marsh
317 441 0158

Program Details


We have lots of Food Folktale Stories! Stone Soup, The Magic Porridge Pot, The Gingerbread Boy, Anansi and the Hot Bean Soup, Goldilocks, or Anansi and the Tiger's Soup.
1. Students enjoy a paper-cutting story that involves food! For example, Valerie cuts out Anansi while she tells the Hot Bean soup story.
2. Students explore and identify a variety of symmetrical objects.
3. We discuss "Character, Problem, Solution" and identify these elements in a familiar folktale such as "Goldilocks."
4.. Students use their art skills to create their own symmetrical food object for their folktale. Or, younger students use the food stickers that we mail you to create their story.
5. We enjoy a second food folktale using a different type of storytelling method such as Draw and Tell, or Sign Language or Tangrams.
6.. Students begin creating their own food folktale using this second writing method.
7. Q and A if time permits.

Participants will need several sheets of plain white paper, crayons, and a pencil please.


Students will:
1. create his/her original folktale to tell using tangrams, paper-cutting or drawing methods.
2. tell her/his own version of one of the stories and include their favorite food!
3. be able to identify the important parts of a story.
4. compare one of the folktales we tell to a folktale that he/she is already familiar with.
5. develop an awareness and appreciation of stories that are told orally (without the book).
6. be able to identify the geometric tangram shapes.
7. be able to identify the elements of a folktale.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

-Literacy RI K to 8, RL 1 to 10,
-Writing WK.1 to 8.10
-Speaking & Listening SL K,1 to 5.6
-Art NA-VA,K-4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6, NA-T.K-4.2, NA-D.K-4.1-3
-Math K.G.A.1, K.G.A.2, 1.G.A.1, 1.G.A.2, 2.G.A.1

State Standards

Valerie will tailor this program to meet your particular standard objectives.