Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Three Little Pigs {Literature Study}

Indie has been totally into pigs lately. It's been fun to see her get so excited to point out every pig she can possibly spot in books and at the farm. I thought it would be fun to introduce her to the story of the three little pigs. Turns out there are lots of versions so it made for a really fun unit study. The kids jumped in headfirst and they initiated many of the projects on their own. Here is what we did...

We listened to The Three Little Pigs Story  from Story Nory online (free). This is the version I grew up with- the one where the wolf actually eats the first two pigs. When I asked Bear what he thought, he said that "it made him feel sad because he wanted their houses to stay up."

After that we read The Three Pigs by David Wiesner. This is a newer version of the story where the pigs change the story with the help of a dragon and a cat. He really seemed to appreciate that!

Next we printed off some playdough mats from SparkleBox (free). Indie really enjoyed making the pig face and saying the words "eyes, ears, nose, mouth."  These are really great printables! We had a ton of fun with them.



We made some simple puppets from paper bags and construction paper.

 To Make:

Paper bag (4)
Pink Construction Paper
Black/Brown Construction Paper
Googly Eyes

I cut out the snouts and ears for the pigs in the pink construction paper. Glue onto the bags. The snout goes half way on the flap side of the bag so you can open the mouth. Glue on the googly eyes and draw some details with your marker. For the wolf, we cut out a triangle for the nose and ears and applied the same way as the pig.

 After that we watched Bear put on a short play about the story. He stuck with the version we listened to online and it was very cute :)

Hope you can enjoy some of the free links and inspiration!



  1. What a fun literature-based unit! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Literature-Based Activities Board at

    1. glad you like it! thanks for sharing!