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Assembly Title
The Grasshopper and The Ants

Submitted by
S. Daly

Age Group

To consider: working hard, planning ahead, helping yourself, sharing, playing at the right time

Faith Group

Grasshopper and ant masks, or green and black clothing
The fable by Aesop, widely available in books or online. Sometimes it is called: 'The Grasshopper and The Ant/s' or 'The Ant/s and The Grasshopper'.
One example is here.

Other Details
This story could be likened to the story of Mary and Martha in the New Testament


1.               In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Today’s assembly is about thinking ahead to the future and about helping yourself.
It is also about working and playing hard, at the right times, and about sharing.

2.               About 2 500 years ago, a slave lived in Greece. He was called Aesop.

He is famous for writing and collecting stories about animals.

The animals act like humans and there is always a moral, or a message, at the end of the story.

These stories are therefore called fables.

3.               We are going to act out a story called “The Grasshopper and the Ants”.

The story is widely available in books and online. Sometimes it is called 'The Ant/s and the Grasshopper'.
Copy, then choose children to play the Narrator, Grasshopper and Ants. Masks, or green or black clothing can be worn.

One example of the fable is here. (Click.)

4.               This story has a few morals.

One is: (spoken by the Grasshopper)

“We should always make plans for the future.”

The grasshopper should have put some food aside for the winter.

We should also think about the future and get ready for it. For example, if we want a particular job, then we should work hard at school to pass the necessary exams.

5.       Another moral could be: (spoken by the Grasshopper)

         “We should help ourselves and not expect other people to do things for us.”

          The grasshopper should have collected his own food and should not have expected the ants to give him some.

          We should also not be lazy, or spend all our time enjoying ourselves - and then expect people to do our work for us.

6.       Another moral could be: (spoken by the Ants)

         “We should share, even if we think the other person does not deserve it.”

          The ants could have shared their food.

          We sometimes find it annoying to give things to people who are selfish or lazy,

but we should still try to.

Another moral could be: (spoken by the Grasshopper and Ants together)

         “Playing and working hard are good, but there is a right time to play and a right time to work.”

Ask children what they think the moral of the story is. There are several acceptable answers.

Now ask yourself, “Are you an Ant or a Grasshopper?”

Short silence for reflection.

7.               Let us pray.

We do not ask, O Lord, that you will think our thoughts for us, or do our work for us.

But we ask you to help us,

so that what is too hard for us to do alone,

or too difficult for us to understand by ourselves,

we will be able to do and understand because you are with us.


8.               Father, sometimes we care about ourselves more than we care about others.

Help us, Lord, to remember those who may need our love and help.

Teach us to be more giving and to care for everyone as you do.


9.               We will now say the Lord’s Prayer. Our Father…

10.     Now we will sing…

S. Daly 2000

Last updated 4-10-14.