The Three Little Pigs
Fairy Tales often serve a two-fold purpose – they entertain and they instruct. The Three Little Pigs, quite a perennial favorite with preschoolers, can be used to fulfill some of the following objectives –
- To develop vocabulary
- To develop communication skills
- To develop reading skills
- To develop writing skills
- To develop artistic skills
- To develop math skills
- To learn about shapes
- To learn life lessons of self-control, friendship and bravery
- The Three Little Pigs storybook
- Drawing sheets
- Colored paper
- Colors – pastels, crayons, markers, colored pencils, water-color
- Drinking Straws
- Lego bricks
Read aloud the ‘The Three Little Pigs’ story. Read slowly, clearly and infuse drama, using different voices for the different characters. Encourage the children to participate in the reading by chorusing the lines “Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin!” and “I will huff and I will puff and I will blow your house in!”
- The mother of the Three Little Pigs told them to always choose excellence in whatever they undertook in life. Discuss if the Little Pigs followed their mother’s advice.
- The Three Little Pigs each chose different materials for their homes – straw, wood and brick. Discuss which proved the strongest and why.
- The Little Pig with the brick house shows self-control – he worked on his house first and then he could relax and play. His siblings, on the other hand, chose to take the easier path and chose to play first, and as result were nearly eaten by the wolf.
- The Little Pig with the brick house saved his siblings from the wolf and how the wolf is punished. How would you feel if you were the little pig with the brick house? How would you feel if you were the little pig with the straw or wood house?
- Hand out drawing sheets and colors, and have the children draw and paint scenes from the Three Little Pigs.
- Construct small model houses from drinking straws, from toothpicks and from Lego bricks. For the straw and toothpick houses, you could first make a cardboard construction and stick straws and toothpicks to that. The children can see for themselves which is the sturdier house.
- Have the children count the number of straws, toothpicks and bricks used to build the houses.
- Cut color paper into squares, rectangles, triangles and circles, and ask the preschoolers to assemble these shapes into house forms. They can glue them onto drawing paper.
- Have the children write and decorate the letter ‘P’. Talk about names and words that begin with ‘P’.
- Try to find words that rhyme with ‘Pig’. For example, wig, fig, jig, rig, big, dig, gig and twig. Explain what these words mean.
Extend the Activities
- Make pig and wolf face masks from paper-mâché. For this, shred paper, soak it in hot water, squeeze out the soaked paper and process in a food processor to get paper pulp. Mold the paper pulp into masks, using synthetic white glue paste as a binder.
- Act out the story of the Three Little Pigs.
- See the following YouTube video –
- Walt Disney Silly Symphony – The Three Little Pigs
These activities for, The Three Little Pigs (here you can find a lesson plan on The Three Little Pigs on Bright Hub) are sure to be a crowd pleaser for preschool students!