Ferdinand the Bull Activities and Lessons (Movie and Book)

Ferdinand The Bull Lesson Plans & Activities (Book and Movie)

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OK, I’m just going to say it: I didn’t know about the book The Story of Ferdinand until I saw the movie The Blind Side and Sandra Bullock’s character talked about it.

Get THE STORY OF FERDINAND book (AFFILIATE)I don’t know why, but we never read the book to the older girls. So, I bought it for the youngest and we both really loved it. Now, after reading the Ferdinand book, we’re super excited to see the Ferdinand movie.

Ferdinand the Bull Story Meaning

If you don’t know, Ferdinand is a big bull. Although he looks fierce and intimidating, he is really just a big, kind, calm bull. He doesn’t want to fight. Instead, Ferdinand the Bull just wants to sit under a cork tree, hang out, and smell the flowers.

One day, some bullfighters come to pick a bull and, after a confusing situation, they end up picking Ferdinand. However, Ferdinand the Bull’s aversion to violence makes him (thankfully) one of the worst fighting bulls in bullfighting history. (You’ll have to read the book to find out how it ends.)

The morale of Ferdinand is to be authentic and true to yourself, but there are many other lessons and learning opportunities that you can pair up with both the Ferdinand book and movie!

Ferdinand Movie Trailer

The Story of Ferdinand | 29 Printables, Activities, Crafts, and Lessons for Ferdinand the Bull

Do a Ferdinand comprehension lesson

Do a week-long study lesson unit on Spain

Watch a video and learn more about Spain

Create a lapbook on Spain

Print Spanish word flashcards of words used in book/movie

Incorporate a variety of subjects with this Ferdinand lesson plan


Do a lesson plan on character (to incorporate the morale of the Ferdinand book/movie)

Do a lesson plan on being content and grateful

Learn about author Munro Leaf

Get THE ART OF FERDINAND (AFFILIATE)Learn about The Art of Ferdinand (affiliate)

Make a Be True to Yourself book

Put on a Ferdinand Puppet Show

Create a Ferdinand’s Happiness Pasture

Learn about Ferdinand’s favorite tree–the cork tree

Watch a video on how cork is harvested (so interesting!)

Do a cork science project

Read about bullfighting (you may want to check this out before discussing with the kids) (and here’s more about bullfighting)

Make and color a Ferdinand bull craft

Color Ferdinand smelling flowers

Create Ferdinand’s flowers

The Music of Ferdinand (AFFILIATE)Learn about the music of Ferdinand (affiliate)

Make a Ferdinand the Bull paper bag puppet

Complete a Ferdinand comprehension worksheet

Watch a video about cows

Create a cow lapbook

Make a bull mask

Make a Matador paper doll

Make Churros

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