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Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

This is such a fun story! My kids and I absolutely adore this book by Liesl Shurtliff. (Her other two books, Jack and Red, are wonderful too). My daughter began listening to the audio book the day after we reached the end of this one. I am a sucker for a different take on a fairy tale. If you feel the same way, make sure to add this book to your read aloud list.

Learning Activities

Pan for Gold

Panning for gold seems like an especially exciting thing to do while reading Rump. Gold is a big part of his story. I would love to take my kids gold panning! But since we currently live in Central Florida, I think we’d have better luck running into an alligator than a nugget of gold. So we’ll be passing on this one until we vacation somewhere with better gold prospects and less risk of being eaten.

There are kits out there that look to be more for fun rather than learning the actual skill of gold panning.

This website has some good info on panning for gold.

Learn to Weave

Sadly our family does not have access to a spinning wheel, so learning to turn wool into thread or straw into gold was totally out of the question. Last fall we did have the opportunity to attend a festival where someone there was turning wool into yarn. It was pretty cool to pet the sheep, see the wool and see how it becomes yarn.20151017_133820

We took the easy way out and  learned to finger knit. Which is sometimes called finger weaving. It’s easy once you get the hang of it. Both my kids enjoyed doing it.

There are many different ways to weave if finger knitting doesn’t seem like your thing. We have used the rainbow loom and the pot holder maker, both of which my daughter loves.


Learn to tell the difference between gold and fools gold.

HOW TO Tell the Difference Between Real Gold and Fool’s Gold

You can learn about 14k gold vs 24k gold, white gold vs yellow gold and the many different uses for gold.

Family History

What’s in a name? According to Rump, your name is your destiny. Do you know what your name means?

This website is super cool. You can type in your last name and find out the origins, meaning, immigration information, and even civil war service records. I love the internet.

This of course can lead to historical and geographical learning activities. Can you find your family’s country of origin on map? When did your family immigrate? Are you related to any notable characters in history?

Here’s another link to discover the meaning of you first or last name. There’s also a function to see what year(s) your name was most popular.

Create a family history with your kids. Make a basic family tree that includes your kids, you and their grandparents. Or add more of a challenge and see how far back you can go. You could interview parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts to learn about their lives and their memories of growing up.

I am fortunate to have family members who actively participate in family history. They have provided me with remembrance books that contain pictures and stories about many of my ancestors. My kids always enjoy looking at the pictures and hearing about the lives of our descendants. Another thing they are interested in is determining relationship terms i.e. first cousin, second cousin twice removed, etc… Check out the link below for more information on relationship terms.

Play a Who Am I type game

Since Rump spent a lot of time trying to figure out who he was, I thought it would be fun to play a who am I type game.

Get a stack of 3×5 cards and write names of cartoon characters or different animals or whatever you choose. Tape one card to the back of each person playing. Then players try to guess who or what they are by asking the other players questions.

You could play Hedbanz if you already own it or if you aren’t into DIY games.

Or you could download this app for free.


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