Tales

“Trash to Treasure”

The lemur children learn a lesson about making do with what they have. The parent/teacher may read the story aloud, or print the story for the children to read or follow along.

 

Themes Found in This Story:

  • African children being creative when making toys and games

Possible Bible Memory Verses:

  • “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”
    I Timothy 6:8 (NIV)

Activities:

  • Plastic Bag Soccer Ball Craft
  • Do What I Do Game

 
Maro was leaving the market with her brothers and sister. She was think- ing about what to cook with the seed pods she had bought when Francois tugged on her arm.

 

“Maro, look at that!” he said, pointing to the last market stall. The table was covered with colored pencils, toy cars and dolls, but his eyes were stuck on the soccer ball in the back corner.

 

“What are you looking at?” asked Philibert. He quickly scrambled up his older brother’s back, perching on his shoulders to see the top of the table. “Wow! That’s a nice ball!”

 

“Can we get it, Maro? Please?” asked Jejy.

 

“No,” said Maro. “You already have one.”

 

“But Francois kicked it into the thorn tree!” moaned Philibert. “It’s got a puncture in it now and it doesn’t work!”

 

“I didn’t do it on purpose,” Francois explained. He sighed. “It is quite a big puncture though. I couldn’t mend it.”

 

“I’m sorry,” said Maro. “But we don’t have enough money to get a new one. Not if you want to have dinner for the rest of the week.”

 

The little lemurs sighed, but they knew better than to argue. They followed their big sister home, and when they got back to their tree, they saw Kili, Reë and Tshameka waiting for them.

 

“Hi!” said Tshameka brightly. “We were wondering where you were. Did you forget we were supposed to play soccer today?”

 

“No. We were at the market,” said Jejy. “But we can’t play soccer today. Our ball has a puncture in it.”

 

“That’s okay. We brought ours,” said Reë. She held out a large ball-shaped knot of plastic bags and twine. “See?”

 

“That’s a ball?” asked Philibert.

 

“Yeah. I made it myself,” said Tshameka proudly.

 

Francois gave it an experimental kick. “Hey! That’s quite good.”

 

“And the best part is, it’s made of plastic bags, so it will still work if something punctures it,” said Kili. “I kept putting a hole in the other one with my horn,” he added.

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