When ten-year-old Winnie Foster decides she wants to run away from home, her adventure takes her into the woods where she sees a young boy drinking from a spring. The boy, whose name is Tuck, tells her she can’t drink the water because it is magical and grants eternal youth to those who drink it. Winnie joins Tuck and his family as they try to remain in hiding, learning more about their lives and forcing her to make some important decisions.
Tuck Everlasting Lesson Plan
Explore the story Tuck Everlasting with your child, then give these fun lessons a try. They are such a fun way to explore the themes of the story further, and enjoy the book long after you read the final page! Here is how to get started.
Eternal Youth Potion Craft:
Wouldn’t it be fun to live forever? Well until you figure out a way to do that, this eternal youth potion craft is a fun way to pretend. Here is how to create your own bottle of potion!
Here is what you will need:
– bottle with lid or stopper
– bottle label
-chalk or marker
– blue food coloring
1. Fill your bottle with water. Add in a few drops of blue food coloring (or even purple or green!) to give the water some tint. Mix well.
2. Create a label for your spring water potion. It can say “eternal youth” or “magic spring water.” You can choose any name you wish.
3. Attach the label to the bottle. Make sure it is stuck on well.
4. You can add ribbon or other embellishment around the bottle top if you wish or leave as is.
How cool would it be to display your bottle of eternal youth? Or, you can even give it as a gift to a friend! It is a whimsical craft that is sure to have you feeling like you just stepped out of the story!
Now, let’s look at a few ways to enjoy the story of Tuck Everlasting even further:
1. Compare and contrast the book and MOVIE. The 2002 movie is family friendly and a great way to discover the book in a whole new way. Create a chart that compares the two and how they are alike and how they are different.
2. Create a journal entry about what you would do if you could drink from the spring and live forever. Where would you go? Where would you live? Do you think it would be easy or hard? Name some challenges you might face.
3. Write a new ending for the story. Discuss how the story would have been different if Winnie had made a different decision about her future.
Tuck Everlasting is a beautiful coming of age story. Enjoy it with your child then give these enrichment activities a try!
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