If you’ve taught preschool or even elementary school, you know exactly what the title means. I had forgotten about this activity until recently when the weather started getting colder. Sean was playing on the iPhone too much so I told him to go outside and look for a red house with no doors and no windows with a star in the middle. He couldn’t find it so I told him the story. I’ve retold this story to my kids when I was teaching so much that I am not sure what the original story is anymore.
There once was a little boy named Sean who was bored of his toys. He asked his mom for something to do so his mom told him that there was a red house with no doors and no windows with a star in the middle somewhere near the Lopez’s farm. The boy couldn’t remember seeing a red house with no doors and no windows and a star in the middle but his mom was always right so it must be true. He started walking towards the farm thinking, “Why would someone build a house without doors? And how would a star fit in the house with no doors or windows?”
He looked everywhere on his walk but couldn’t find the red house with no doors and no windows with a star in the middle. He came to the farm and saw Farmer Lopez tending the pigs. He asked, “Farmer Lopez, my mom said that there was a red house with no doors and no windows with a star in the middle somewhere near your farm.”
The farmer replied, “I’ve been here more than 40 years and I have never seen a red house with no doors and no windows with a star in the middle. But you should go ask Grandma Lopez, she has been on the farm the longest and she might remember that house.”
Sean found Grandma Lopez on the porch. He asked her, “Grandma Lopez, my mom said that there’s a red house with no doors and no windows and a star in the middle near your farm and I’ve looked all around and can’t find it.”
Grandma Lopez started laughing and said, “Oh, yes, the red house with no doors and no windows with a star in the middle. To find it, you need to walk towards those trees over there and then listen to the wind. The wind will tell you where that house is.”
Sean thought that was a weird answer but he was taught to be nice to his elders so he went off towards the trees. When he was near the trees, he still couldn’t see any red house with no doors and no windows with a star in the middle so he stood still and thought. He felt the wind blow and heard it make sounds through the trees. He chased the wind and stood still when it stopped and listened. He heard the wind picked up again and it blew an apple off one of the trees and it rolled next to Sean’s feet.
“Hmm…” Sean thought, “An apple is red and it has no doors or windows but it can’t be it, how can it have a star in the middle?”
He picked up the apple and ran home to show his mom.
“Mom, the wind blew this apple to me and it is red and has no doors or windows but I can’t see any star.”
His mother picked up the apple, sliced it horizontally on the chopping board and guess what he saw?
When I cut the apple and showed Sean the star, he was just giddy about it. Oh yeah, the reason why I sent Sean in the backyard was because we actually have two apple trees 🙂