The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Book Activity)

This month in the Poppins Book Nook we are exploring folk tales.  I really enjoy reading folk tales with my boys because they teach such great lessons.  Lately the boys have excelled at exaggerating the truth and overreaction to just about everything.  While scanning the folk tales shelf at our library, I found the perfect book to discuss honesty with my boys: The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf Book Activitiy

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There are so many great lessons in The Boy Who Cried Wolf, it was hard to pick just one activity for the boys to do together.  We started out by reading the book and talking about the story.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

I really enjoy watching Bebop read books to his little brothers.  After reading the story, we talked a lot about honesty and the difference between telling a fictional story and telling a lie.  Magoo is our story teller, the boy has an amazing imagination.  It can sometimes be difficult to understand when he is making up a story and when he is trying to retell actual events.  He is still learning the difference between pretend and real life.

We also talked about boredom.  Why did the little boy make up the first two wolf attacks?  We were reading the version by B. G. Hennessy that really places an emphasis on how the little shepherd boy was bored by himself in the fields.  When my boys are bored they tend to find very destructive activities (in fact this is exactly why I started homeschooling at such a young age).  This was a great opportunity to talk about appropriate and inappropriate ways to react to boredom.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf - coloring page

I found a worksheet at to help us with retelling the story.  I printed a copy off for each boy to color, and then we cut them out.  I had Bebop and Magoo help me put the pictures in order.  Magoo really enjoyed this activity and was mad when we put it away.  I think he will be pulling this off the shelf to use for several weeks.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf - Story Sequencing

The Boy Who Cried Wolf is also a great reminder to discuss emergency situations with my boys.  We practiced our phone number, house address and how to call 911 if there is an emergency.  As in the story I also presented situations in which its not appropriate to call 911.  Should you call for help when your brother steals your toy?  No!  Should you call for help if there is a fire in the neighborhood?  Yes!

What folk tales have you read recently?

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  • Emma Craig

    Great idea to use this story as a starting point of a discussion on what is a real emergency. My daughter would consider a real emergency when she couldn’t find her favorite stuffed toy! lol!

  • chile_chicken

    Great idea about teaching this in real life situations- I might have to borrow that! My 4 year old knows to call 111 if there is a fire, but I wonder what else he could come up with.

  • Jill

    I love how you read the book and incorporated daily life into the discussion! I know how frustrating that exaggerating and truth stretching phase can be. I hope that the book and worksheets combined with a great conversation helped to improve your situation with your little cuties.

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!