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Pre-School Storytelling Program: Colours

1: Story 2: Song  3: rhyme 4: Activity

Story: How Parrots Got Their Colours.

Long, long ago in Australia lived a white bird. White Bird did not want to be white. She wanted to be colourful.

One day Sooty Owl, one of the other birds in the bush, lost an egg. Sooty Owl had to stay in her nest and look after the egg that was still there so she called for the other birds to help her find the lost egg.

Kookaburra shook her head. Magpie shook her head. Cockatoo shook her head. But White Bird flew through the trees to Sooty Owl.

“I will help you look for your lost egg,” she said.

White Bird flew to the ground and walked around the tree. She searched and searched but could not find the lost egg. Then she scratched underneath a big leaf. There was the egg. She it picked up with her claws and took it back to Sooty Owl. Sooty Owl was very happy.

Kookaburra cackled. Magpie warbled. Cockatoo squawked.

Then Sooty Owl told White Bird about a secret lake called the lake of many colours.

“If you go there and bathe in the lake,” she said to White Bird, “you will become a bird of many colours.”

So White Bird flew to the lake of many colours. When she came back to the bush she had become the Rainbow Lorikeet.

An original story by JB Rowley. Free for use by others in any way other than commercial publication.

Rhyme: The Bunch of Blue Ribbons

Oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Oh, dear, what can the matter be?
Johnny’s so long at the fair.

He promised he’d buy me a bunch of blue ribbons,
He promised he’d buy me a bunch of blue ribbons,
He promised he’d buy me a bunch of blue ribbons,
To tie up my bonny brown hair.

Song: Sing a Rainbow

http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/songs/childrens/singarainbowmid.htm

Activity: Colour in the Rainbow Lorikeet

http://printablecolouringpages.co.uk/?s=lorikeet

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