TLE Storytime: Courage

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Welcome to TLE’s Storytime, for some courage-themed fun!

Featured Story: After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

~ by Dan Santat

Craft Activity: Courage Heart

Create a courage heart with ideas of courage that can be used when children are faced with situations in which they need to be brave.


  • markers
  • glue
  • scissors
  • yarn
  • Paper + hole puncher (2 paper hearts)
  • assorted decorative pieces: pom poms, stickers, jewels, etc.
  • tissue paper
  • stamper
  • courage cards


NOTE: You can decorate the hearts before they are sewn together or sew and then decorate. If you are going to use lots of glue, it is best to sew the hearts first.

  1. Take the long piece of yarn and thread it through the plastic needle. Pull through eye until the piece is doubled over and equal in length. Tie the ends into a knot.
  2. Place the two hearts over each other so the holes line up.
  3. Starting at the top hole, leave approximately 12 inches of yarn hanging out (see picture below). This will be used as the other half of the bow once the hearts are sewn together.
  4. Thread the needle through the holes in the two hearts. Pull the needle in, out and around the hearts. Don’t connect the hearts at the top. You should have approximately 12″ of thread left on each side.
  5. Decorate the heart (you can also do this BEFORE sewing them together):
    • Use the markers, stamp, pom poms and sticky buttons to decorate
    • Tear or cut pieces of tissue paper and scrunch into pieces to glue on the heart
  6. Cut the shapes from the Courage Paper.
  7. Draw or write down words or pictures that made you think of ways you could be brave. Invite other members of the family to include words or pictures. Place into your heart.
  8. Tie the remaining yarn into a bow over the middle of the heart. See example below.
  9. Hang on a door handle, bulletin board or wall.
  10. As a family, revisit the words and pictures. Discuss and have fun!

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Activity Ideas

Songs and Music

Song: ALL ABOUT COURAGE Educational Content: This song encourages students to show courage, by being brave and trying new things. Some examples include: getting through your first dance recital, trying out for a t-ball team, reading a book independently, singing a solo, going on a scary ride, going down the highest slide, raising your hand to answer a question in class, standing up to a bully, saving someone in danger, trying a new vegetable, etc.

Information & Fun Facts

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