Welcome to Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical
where Lion, Monkey, Elephant and their larger-than-life animal friends leap onto the stage from the beloved Kenyan book and cartoon series. In this Family Activity, create your own story at home, embody animals on your way and write your own happy song after the show!
Inspired by popular African folk tales, Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical
paints a colorful picture of how certain animals changed over time and evolved into what they are today. What are some animals in your own life? Do you have any pets or do you see any city-dwelling creatures on the way to work or school? In this activity, create a fable about one of those animals!
Two blank pieces of paper, writing and drawing utensils
Pick one of these titles or create your very own!
- How the Cat Got Its Whiskers
- How the Dog Started to Bark
- How the Lizard Grew Its Long Tail
- How the Hamster Learned to Store its Food
- How the Pigeon Found Its Wings
- How the Goldfish Got Its Color
It’s always good to have a story outline! Fill in this outline
Here's an example we made for you!
Title: How the Dog Got Her Bark
Type of Animal: Dog
Name of Your Animal: Doggie
Where Does Your Animal Live?: My house
What Does Your Animal Want?: To be able to communicate
What Happens First? Doggie tried wagging her tail as hard as she could, but no sound came out.
What Happens Second? Doggie tried tapping her owner's knee, but the owner only told her to "shoo."
What Happens Third? Finally, she realized that the sound of her owner was coming from her owner’s mouth! So Doggie took a deep breath in and tried to talk. Out came a BARK!
Now, it is time to turn this into a story!
Ask a grown up for two blank sheets of paper and fold them in half. Put one inside of the other so that you have your own mini book. Fill out the book with the instructions below
Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical
Write the title of your story across the top and your name at the bottom. Don’t forget to illustrate it!
Here is (ANIMAL NAME) the (TYPE OF ANIMAL). They lived in (WHERE DOES YOUR ANIMAL LIVE).
More than anything in the world, (ANIMAL NAME) wanted to be able to (WHAT DOES YOUR ANIMAL WANT).
And it has been the same for every (TYPE OF ANIMAL) ever since!
is based on an animated series, inspired by African fables. As you travel to the show with your friends and family, act out a few animals from the Tinga Tinga Tales
television show with Guess That Animal!
Decide who will be the first guesser.
The first guesser opens up this video
on a mobile device.
The guesser must hold the mobile device so that they cannot see the images but that the other players can see the images. The best locations are on their forehead or somewhere at the center of their chest.
The other players act out clues to help the guesser figure out what animal is on screen before their time is up. They can use animal noises, body shapes or short descriptions. Does your group want a challenge? Try using no words at all.
The next animal will appear on screen after 10 seconds. After six animals, it's the next guesser's turn.
At the end of the show, Chameleon found all of his colors. Everyone celebrates by singing a happy song and dancing a joyful jig! Write your very own happy song by filling in the blanks below.
Fill in the blanks below.
When I see the color red I think of ______. Red makes me feel very ______.
When I see the color orange I think of ______. Orange makes me feel very ______.
When I see the color yellow I think of ______. Yellow makes me feel very ______.
When I see the color green I think of ______. Green makes me feel very ______.
When I see the color blue I think of ______. Blue makes me feel very ______.
When I see indigo I think of ______. Indigo makes me feel very ______.
When I see violet I think of ______. Violet makes me feel very ______.
These are the colors of a rainbow it’s true. I am glad I got to share my feelings with you!
Sing your song to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." Try to act out your song to make the sing-a-long special.
Here are some ways to deepen your understanding of the performance.