Following a week of nursery rhymes we jumped right in to a week of traditional tales. There are lots of stories from our own childhoods that we love sharing with our kiddos. During the week we studied Golidlocks And The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Tortoise And The Hare. There are many activities that can be done with each of these stories, here are a few that we tried in our classroom.
Goldilocks And The Three Bears Dramatic Play
Dramatic play is always a favorite choice of our students. They love cooking food for their friends, taking care of the babies, and dressing up as different community helpers.
This week we added some new items into the center so the kids could reenact the story of Goldilocks And The Three Bears.
Three different size chairs, plates, and cups were set out to represent the three different sizes of papa bear, mama bear, and baby bear.
The kids had the opportunity to retell the story with these items and had a blast doing so!
Three Little Pigs Art
In our art center this week the kids got to to make the three little pigs’ houses! This craft was super easy to make and did not take much time either.
Here is what you will need:
- Construction paper in various colors
- Small triangles cut out of construction paper (3 per child)
- Straws cut into small piece and then cut again length-wise
- Small foam rectangles
- Shredded paper
- Black Marker
To begin each child chose a color of paper and wrote their name on the back. They then chose three different color triangles to be the roofs of the three different houses. Next, I laid out the roofs and drew the walls of the houses to give the kids boundaries and they glued the roofs on top.
Next, the kids made each of the pigs’ houses. Together we added glue to the houses and then the kids placed the appropriate building material on the house.
The shredded paper was used to make the house of straw.
The straws were used to make the house of sticks.
The foam rectangles were used to make the house of bricks.
After all the houses were made the kids then traced the title The 3 Little Pigs at the top of their paper.
We loved the way the final products turned out!
Three Little Pigs Art Modified
For some of our kiddos creating three houses was a bit too overwhelming. Instead of doing all three houses these students chose the house they thought was the strongest and created just that one house.
We used all of the same supplies for this project as we did for the three houses except instead of three small triangles, the children had one large triangle.
We love these final products just as much as the others!
Traditional Tales Journal Writing
Each week we take time to draw pictures of what we’ve studied during the week in our journals. This is a great opportunity for us as educators to see what have been ah-ha moments for our kids and what has really stuck with them from the week.
At the end of our study of traditional tales, the kids were asked to draw their favorite story from the week in their journals. Here are a few examples of the wonderful journal writing we saw from our kiddos.
When we do journals our students have the opportunity to draw whatever they want in regards to what we have studied over the week. Once they are finished they dictate to us what they have drawn and we write down what they say verbatim.
It is always interesting to go back as the year progresses and see the difference in each child’s journal over time. If you have not introduced journals to your students, we highly recommend trying it. Our kids love working in their journals and they are great examples of each child’s progress over the course of the school year.
Traditional Tales Videos
A favorite of our students every year is when we get to watch some traditional tales videos. Disney’s Silly Symphony and Looney Tunes’ Merrie Melodies videos are great short cartoons that depict the stories of many different beloved traditional tales. You can find all of these videos on YouTube.
Here are the links to some of our favorites.
- Goldilocks & The Three Bears – Silly Symphony
- Little Red Riding Hood – Silly Symphony
- The Tortoise & The Hare – Silly Symphony
- Three Little Pigs – Silly Symphony
- Three Little Pigs – Merrie Melodies
We hope you have enjoyed these traditional tales activities! If you try any of these with your kiddos or have any other ideas, please leave us a comment and let us know. We would love to hear from you!
We will be back on Friday with another Five For Friday post, so be sure to come back!