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The Three Billy Goats Gruff Sequence Activity and Story

written by: Beth Taylor • edited by: Amanda Grove • updated: 2/8/2012

Classic tale from Norway makes a lively preschool flannel board story.

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    Storytelling Tips

    Use dramatic tones of voice large movements with prop pieces to bring the Story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff to life. Move the characters on the board as you talk, and make sure each character has his or her own voice.

    In this flannel board story, the three billy goats have sequentially high and soft to low and loud voices. Use these voices not only when they speak but also for the "trip, traps." Come up with a scary character voice for the troll.

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    The Three Billy Goats Gruff

    Once upon a time there were three billy goats. There was a little, tiny, Baby Billy Goat.

    PLACE LITTLE GOAT ON FLANNEL BOARD

    His older brother was the Medium sized Billy Goat.

    PLACE MEDIUM GOAT IN FRONT OF LITTLE GOAT

    And the oldest brother was the biggest, oldest Billy Goat.

    PLACE BIGGEST GOAT IN FRONT

    Unfortunately, the three billy goats had a problem. They had eaten all of the yummy green grass on their hill.

    BABY (BABY VOICE): All of our green grass is eaten up! I am sooooo hungry.

    MEDIUM (MEDIUM VOICE): I am very hungry, too. Whatever shall we do?

    GREAT BIG (IN A GREAT BIG VOICE): Look! Across the river there is a hill of yummy green grass. Let's go over the river by crossing the bridge, and go to the hill and eat green grass and grow fat.

    PLACE BRIDGE ON FLANNEL BOARD WHILE TALKING.

    The Billy Goats did not know that a mean, ugly, hateful troll lived under the bridge. Whenever anybody tried to cross the bridge, the troll would jump up on the bridge and eat them up! One of his favorite foods was... billy goats. (GASP) PLACE TROLL ON FLANNEL BOARD UNDERNEATH BRIDGE WHILE TALKING.

    Well, the Baby Billy Goat started across the bridge. Trip, trap. Trip, trap. Trip, trap. BABY IS WALKING ACROSS BRIDGE

    TROLL JUMPS UP AND STOPS BABY HALFWAY ACROSS. GROWLS.

    TROLL: Stop, Billy Goat! This is my bridge, and you can't cross it! Anytime anybody tries to cross my bridge, I eat them up. Now, I am going to eat you! EVIL LAUGH

    BABY SHAKES IN FEAR

    BABY: Oh, please, Mr. Troll, don't eat me up. I am just a little tiny baby billy goat. My brother, the medium sized Billy Goat, is going to cross your bridge. He is bigger and fatter than I am, and he would make a much nicer dinner for you.

    TROLL: Hmmmm... Very well, little billy goat. I am hungry; I will wait for your brother, the Medium sized Billy Goat, and I will eat him up. You may cross my bridge. TROLL GOES BACK UNDER BRIDGE

    So, the Baby Billy Goat finished crossing the bridge, trip, trap. Trip, trap. Trip, trap.

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    The Medium sized Billy Goat started to cross the bridge. SAY THE "TRIP TRAPS" IN A MEDIUM VOICE Trip, trap. Trip, trap. Trip, trap. TROLL JUMPS UP AGAIN AND STOPS MEDIUM HALFWAY ACROSS AND GROWLS.

    Stop, Billy Goat! This is my bridge, and you can't cross it! Anytime anybody tries to cross my bridge, I eat them up. Now, I am going to eat you! EVIL LAUGH

    MEDIUM SHAKING WITH FEAR Oh, please, Mr. Troll, don't eat me up. I am just a Medium sized Billy Goat. My brother, the great Big Billy Goat, is going to cross your bridge. He is much bigger and fatter than I am, and he would make a nicer dinner for you.

    Well, the Troll was very greedy, so he said: Hmmmm... Very well, Medium sized Billy Goat. I am hungry; I will wait for your big brother, the great Big Billy Goat, and I will eat him up. You may cross my bridge. TROLL GOES BACK UNDER BRIDGE

    MEDIUM CROSSES Trip, trap. Trip, trap. Trip, trap.

    GREAT BIG BILLY GOAT STARTS TO CROSS, SAY TRIP TRAPS IN A BIG, BOOMING VOICE Trip, trap. Trip, trap. Trip, trap.

    TROLL JUMPS UP AND STOPS GREAT BIG BILLY GOAT HALFWAY ACROSS. GROWLS.

    Stop, Billy Goat! This is my bridge, and you can't cross it! Anytime anybody tries to cross my bridge, I eat them up. Your brothers told me you were coming, and that you were nice and big and fat, and now you will be my dinner! EVIL LAUGH

    BIG BILLY GOAT IN BIG, BOOMING VOICE: Oh, no, you won't eat me, Mr. Troll!

    The Great Big Billy Goat butted the evil troll off of the bridge. SHOW GOAT BUTTING TROLL, AND HAVE TROLL FALL OFF OF FLANNEL BOARD IN A BIG ARC, HIDE HIM BEHIND THE BOARD

    BIG BILLY GOAT CROSSES BRIDGE, Trip, trap. Trip, trap. Trip, trap. He and his brothers lived happily ever after on the grassy hill where they ate yummy green grass and grew fat.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff Preschool Activities

Information for preschool teachers to present a vivid re-telling of the popular children's tale.
  1. The Three Billy Goats Gruff: Handmade Flannel Board Story Props for Preschool
  2. The Three Billy Goats Gruff Sequence Activity and Story