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Three Preschool Activities: Little Red Riding Hood

written by: Keren Perles • edited by: Sarah Malburg • updated: 3/2/2012

Read Little Red Riding Hood out loud to your students and then try some of these fun activities that can help you to bring the famous fairy tale to life.

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    Act It Out!

    To make sure that students understand the general story of Little Red Riding Hood, encourage them to act out the story. Give one student a shawl, coat, or long piece of material to represent Little Red Riding Hood’s cape; give another student false teeth to represent the Big Bag Wolf’s teeth; and give a third student sunglasses to represent Grandma’s glasses. You also might want to make a basket of goodies for Little Red Riding Hood to carry. Then have groups of students act out the story, one at a time.

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    Sharing With Others

    Use the story of Little Red Riding Hood to encourage giving to others. Emphasize that Little Red Riding Hood was going through the woods to bring some food for her grandmother. Give students several small, healthy snack ingredients, including bread, peanut butter (allergies permitting), grapes, and raisins, and encourage them to create gifts of food for other members of the class. Put each “gift” into a plastic bowl and have students deliver them to each other. Note the good feeling that sharing brings.

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    Music and Movement

    As a music and movement activity, teach students the following song (to the tune of “Skip to My Loo”)

    “Skip, skip, skip through the woods,

    Skip, skip, skip through the woods

    Skip, skip, skip through the woods

    Skip through the woods to Grandma’s.”

    Encourage students to sing the song while skipping. (Some students may not know how to skip, so teach them first.) Then replace the word “skip” with another action word, such as “hop” or “jump,” and have students move accordingly as they sing the song.

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    Stranger Danger

    You can also use the story of Little Red Riding Hood to teach the concept of stranger danger. Take a look at this article for more details.

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.
  1. Teaching Classic Fairy Tales in Preschool: Three Ideas
  2. 3 Lessons For Preschoolers From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  3. Three Preschool Activities: Little Red Riding Hood
  4. Blow the House Down! Lessons for 3 Little Pigs
  5. 5 Preschool Activities: Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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