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An Enormous Turnip – A Movement Story

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Read the following story. When the children hear the words in bold they must do the corresponding movement.

Word: Movement

Old Man: Hunch and walk with a walking stick
Turnip: Curl up body and make as small as possible
Pull/ Pulled: Mime pulling a rope
Wife: Mime stirring a pot
Boy: Mime playing football
Girl: Mime skipping
Dog: Move like a dog and bark
Cat: Move like a cat and meow
Mouse: Move like a mouse and squeak
Soup: Everyone drinks the soup from a bowl.

Once upon a time there lived a little old man. One day he planted a turnip seed in his garden. “This turnip is going to be very big and very sweet” said the old man. The turnip grew and grew and the old man decided it was time to dig up the turnip. He pulled and pulled but he couldn’t pull up the turnip. He said “I know, I will ask my wife to help me. Wife! Wife! Please help me to pull up the turnip”. His wife came and helped him. They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip.
The wife said “I know, I will ask the boy to help us. Boy! Boy! Please help us to pull up the turnip”. The boy came and helped them. They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip. The boy said “I know I will ask the girl to help us. Girl! Girl! Please help us to pull up the turnip.” The girl came and helped them. They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip. The girl said “I know, I will ask the dog to help us. Dog! Dog! Please help us to pull up the turnip.”
The dog came and helped them. They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip. The dog said “I will ask the cat to help us. Cat! Cat! Please help us to pull up the turnip.” The cat came and helped them. They pulled and pulled but they couldn’t pull up the turnip. The cat said “I know, I will ask the mouse to help us. Mouse! Mouse! Please help us to pull up the turnip.” The mouse came and helped them. They pulled and pulled and then suddenly they pulled up the turnip. Everyone was very happy and they all thanked the mouse. Everyone had turnip soup for dinner.

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