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Activity Ideas for The Three Little Pigs

Check out Faerie Tale Theatre by Shelley Duvall’s Three Little Pigs & watch, or watch here on Hulu.

Have your child build miniature houses out of various materials to reenact/ retell the story such as:

  • Legos
  • Playdough
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Blocks
  • Cardboard blocks or boxes


Let your child tell the story while you take dictation on blank paper, leaving room for him/her to add the illustrations.


Make up a new version of the same story together only changing one or two parts. (ex. – three cats and the big bad dog, etc.) Talk about what could really happen in the story and what is pretend (Pigs, are real but they don’t really walk on two legs. Pigs have moms, but don’t build houses, etc.)


Let your child paste raffia (straw), popscicle sticks (wood), and red paper squares (bricks) to construction paper to build the 3 story houses.


To add some fun to your week, try baking & decorating some piggie cupcakes.


Watch two versions of the story on line. Here’s the old Disney classic version of The Three Little Pigs…

And there are short video versions on line to give the basic plot as well…

This week’s theme is to get you started on how to use fairy tales the first half of the school year to introduce your child to stories. You can use this same format for many other fairy tales. These stretch your child’s imagination, help your child understand how good stories flow (introduction, conflict, resolution), & give you something to focus on rather than getting the same books out of the library every week. Enjoy!

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Great Children's Books

Here's a great list: Top 100 Children's Books. Which ones have you read? What would you add to the list? Find a new one & read with your child today.
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General Goals

  • To use appropriate communication skills when expressing needs, wants, and feelings.
  • To react appropriately & respectfully in challenging or unique situations because of known rules.
  • To gather data, create a graph with and adult, and answer questions based on data shown on bar graphs.
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Looking Ahead

  • Note: For locals only, on September 14th, the Great Mohican Pow-Wow is letting homeschooling families in for $1 per child. We've been to this before & it is a great way to learn about Native American dances & people. It can then be remembered & talked about again when Indians are "studied" in November. More information here.  (Click "admssion" at the top of the link to read about the homeschool deal.)
  • Look over the list of books on apples for next week & call your library to order the ones you want.  Ask your librarian for any ideas of good books they'd like to add.  There are lots of books out there on apples.
  • Buy a variety of apples over the weekend & take note of which apple is what kind. (ex. - Braeburn, Jonagold, Fuji, Golden Delicious, etc.) Buy enough apples to make applesauce next week for the family as well.
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General Goals

  • To measure length with a variety of non-standard measurements.
  • To classify, compare, and contrast objects measured using the terms shorter, longer, taller, heavier, warmer, cooler, holds more, etc. correctly.
  • To observe and discuss the three states of matter and how things change.
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General Goals

  • To identify characters, setting, and main idea in a story.
  • To demonstrate comprehension of the story by orally retelling or acting out.
  • To recognize what makes a good story work (problem then resolution).
  • To identify the difference between real and pretend.

This week, focus on the Three Little Pigs & use this week as a springboard for what you could do with any of the other fairy tales throughout the semester if you want. Do as many as you feel like from now until Christmas.  (After Christmas, we will do the same thing only with biographies.)  You could pick a different one to focus on each week for fun, or you could just take a week & read a bunch all in one week. It doesn’t really matter. The important thing is to introduce your child to good stories, let them see how stories work, and enjoy books together!

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You can copy the book list each unit to give to your local librarian.  Some librarians will even be willing to gather them for you; doesn't hurt to ask.  This can be done a week or two ahead of time which is adventageous for a few reasons.  It allows them to order from other libraries if your library doesn't own a copy of a title you want.  It also makes it more likely some of the titles will be available on those units that are seasonal.  (When Thanksgiving rolls around, for example, you need to get your books earlier than you think or the shelves will be picked over.)

  • What Grandmas/pas Do Best – Laura Numeroff
  • Just Grandma and Me – Mercer Mayer
  • Just Grandpa and Me – Mercer Mayer
  • A Gift For Grandpa – Angela Hunt
  • When I Was Little Like You – Jill Paton Walsh
  • Grandma’s Garden – Elaine Moore
  • Grandma’s House – Elaine Moore
  • Grandma’s Smile – Elaine Moore
  • Countdown to Grandma’s House – Debra Zakarin
  • Spot Visits His Grandparents – Eric Hill
  • Spot and His Grandparents – Eric Hill
  • When I Was Young – James Dunbar
  • Homeplace – Anne Shelby
  • Grandma Rabbity’s Visit – Barry Smith
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Book for Grandma & Grandpa

Make a book about your grandparents. You can get as fancy or simple as you want. The sample here was done with photos glued on pages printed out with a computer & tied together with a ribbon. Let your child help or completely do the wording. You can just take dictation on whatever they say. Makes for precious memories years later!

The first book like this I made for Nate way back in 1999. These days you can go as professional as you want to go! Just depends how much time & money you have to put into it. I have to say, though, I have never regretted the time nor the money I’ve put into these books over the years. That little booklet I made for Nate is priceless. Who’d have thought that ten years later, he’d only have two grandparents left! Those pictures mean the world to me. A couple years back, I made a book of shoes for Jack with Shutterfly & Snapfish. It sure makes it super easy to make duplicates which makes for easy & fun grandparent gifts or keepsakes. It meant taking pictures of the shoes our family has around the house – Jack LOVED & still recognizes which shoe is whose. At the time, Jack was obsessed with shoes. You could do that with whatever your child is interested at the time so you never forget how cute it was when they talked non-stop about tractors or firemen or princesses.

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General Goals

  • To understand inter-generational perspectives.
  • To express appreciation for the older generation.
  • To begin to compare and contrast long ago and today.
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Interview the Older Generation

Visit/call/e-mail your grandparents and ask specific questions about: their childhood their favorite things/food/books/etc. Ask about their life stories, experiences, etc.  (You may consider video taping this for future enjoyment.)

Visit an older person in your neighborhood, family, church, or local nursing home.  Make & take them a treat, ask some questions, read a story to them, etc.

Make a card, picture, etc. to give/send to grandparents for Grandparents Day on Sunday. Here are a few coloring pages for ideas or to print out & color.