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5 Preschool Activities: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

written by: Keren Perles • edited by: Jacqueline Chinappi • updated: 3/2/2012

Read aloud Goldilocks and the Three Bears in your classroom - a universal favorite - and then incorporate lessons from the book with these original activities. The kids will love reading the classic story and doing these activities as fun extensions.

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    Biggest to Smallest

    Draw pictures of three bears using a stencil, going from biggest to smallest. Copy the pictures so that there are enough for each of the students in your class. Let them decorate each bear, and discuss the differences between them. Then hang one set of bears on the board and label them “Small,” “Bigger,” and “Biggest.” Take three similar toys of different sizes, such as blocks or cars, and have students sort them beneath the picture appropriately.

    See the Teddy Bear Crafts page for more Goldilocks and the Three Bears craft ideas.

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    Soft and Hard

    To make sure that students understand the concepts “soft” and “hard,” ask students to brainstorm a list of objects that are soft (such as sponges, pillows, and feathers), and another list of objects that are hard (such as bricks, rocks, and trees). Then pass out cotton balls and small pebbles to students, and have them discuss the difference between the two objects.

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    Make Your Own Porridge

    Put some powdered baby cereal into a bag, and bring it to class. Then pass out small cups with the baby cereal in it to children, and help them to mix the cups with water. Explain to the class that porridge looks something like the resulting mixture. Have them add some unsweetened applesauce to the mixture and let them taste it. Take a poll to see how many students like the taste of the “porridge” and how many do not.

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    Act It Out

    Give students bowls, small chairs or stools, and mats (to serve as beds). Then have them taking turns acting out the story.

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    Learning From the Story

    Discuss with students who was right in the story. Should Goldilocks have gone into the bears’ house? Should the bears have scared her away? How would you have felt if you were the bears? Is it ever allowed to use other people’s things without their permission. These questions will hit home for many students, who are in the process of understanding the concepts of sharing and privacy.

    Use these Goldilocks and the Three Bears activities for preschool in order to make sure that your students truly get a lot out of the story.

Fairy Tale Lesson Plans for Preschool

This series includes several fairy tale lesson plans for the preschool classroom. Articles give creative ideas for how to use Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, and other fairy tales to teach preschoolers other skills.
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  2. 3 Lessons For Preschoolers From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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