The Tawny Scrawny Lion

Malachi is excited for preschool! I always tell him the best way to have patience is to do something else while you are waiting, so while we are waiting for his book to arrive, we thought we would do A Fun Unit for Toddlers and Preschoolers based on the Tawny Scrawny Lion! This unit, written by Miiko Gibson, includes the "I Love Carrot Soup" 4- day program. The unit includes questions for active reading and enrichment activities. Over the last week, we have practiced numbers 1-10 and days of the week through fun songs as well as other activities I will share here!

Each day we began by
reading the Tawny Scrawny Lion. I will always treasure this time! I especially loved when we came to the part of the story where the rabbit goes right up to the lion and counts his ribs. I then counted Malachi's ribs and enjoyed his tickles of laughter. He loved this part of the story! After we had read it many times, it was fun to let him fill in the words as I read. His older brothers did a really good job taking turns reading to him and letting him actively participate in the story. We made carrots from playdough and had a pretend carrot soup party with the 10 fat bunnies! Malachi even made a bowl of berries to go with!


We made carrot prints from a potato stamp!

We made cut out cookies of the 10 fat bunny brothers and sisters from the story! I was going to have him make cut out carrots, but I didn't think white carrots would be as neat as white bunnies!

 When I told Malachi we would be reading the Tawny Scrawny Lion, I asked him if he could think of an activity we could do to go along with the book and he said, "Make lion paw prints!" So we did! Here he
 is hopping like a bunny from paw print to paw print.


His dad made a treasure hunt for him with the rest of the paw prints as clues. He had a fun time finding the clues and a surprise at the end of the hunt.

Our unit concluded with making real Tawny Scrawny Lion Creamy Carrot Soup! Malachi was a willing participant. He told me on day 1 that he would eat carrot stew like the Tawny Scrawny Lion!

The Tawny Scrawny Lion Creamy Carrot Soup became the Tawny Scrawny Lion Creamy Carrot and Tomato Soup because Malachi added too much salt (like 1/4 of a salt shaker!). I tried the potato trick and then added several cans of tomato sauce, and some half and half, and kefir. . . anything to "water" it down without watering it down! We will be eating Tawny Scrawny Lion Creamy Carrot and Tomato Soup for days and will freeze the other half for many more cold winter evenings!

And the good news is, Malachi's Get Ready For the Code book arrived today! So, we will begin with our letter lessons next week!


  1. Love the carrot prints!! What a fun week for you all - and laughing at the fact that you will be remembering this unit all winter long as you enjoy your soup. :)

    Thanks for being a part of Preschool Corner. If you want to email me directly, I can tell you quick how to link the graphic to my site. :)

    Have a great day, Michele!

  2. waht a fun fun week! i have never read tawny scrawny lion how is that!!!!!