Bunyan, The Giant Lumberjack Online Story
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
- white paper
- coloring tools
- For craft: scissors, glue & small paper lunch bag
Come and enjoy two versions of Paul Bunyan's tall tale:
Version 1: View & listen to Paul Bunyan story in YouTube featured at the bottom of the page.
Version 2: Read Paul Bunyan, The Giant Lumberjack at paulbunyantrail.com. This tall tale is adaptable for children ages 4+ and older.
Explain to the children they will hear a story of Paul Bunyan, a very famous folkloric American character. This type of story is called a tall tale. A tall tale is a unusual story that has been retold over the years and exaggerated.
Make a selection of the pages you feel will be of interest to the children. The entire text might be too long.
a. Review with children which parts of the story are exaggerated and make a list. Ask the children why these statements are exaggerated.
b. Community helpers and jobs: Discuss what is the job of a lumberjack (logger or woodcutter).
Activity > Make your own tall Tale
Discuss what is a tall tale. Sit the children in small groups and ask them if they can come up with a tall tale about Paul Bunyan.
Give each group a question that they can develop:
a. Paul Bunyan's shirt buttons were made out of (these were really huge buttons).
b. Paul Bunyan drank out of a ..... it had to be something very big
Come up with other possibilities and have the children use the phrase such as:
"According to the way I heard it ..... "
Get together to discuss the "tall tales" developed.
Activity > Alphabet Printable Activities > Letter O is for Ox or Ox ends with letter X
Activity > Puzzles (Online and Offline) - Problem Solving
Progressive Printable Puzzles (matches the cow puppet craft
Visit this activity to print your selection of an Ox printable puzzles. The puzzles are available in four stages from 18+ of age and over.
Activity > Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox Babe Online Jigsaw Puzzle > and matching coloring page.
The default puzzle is six pieces quite suitable for preschoolers. Children as young as 2.5 years old will have fun putting these puzzles together and develop problem solving skills.
Activity > Coloring Pages - Paul Bunyan and Ox > in the materials column
Activity > Paul Bunyan's Blue Ox Babe Craft
This craft is available in color - blue and black and white. The craft is two pieces and very easy for young children.