I love using fairy tales with young children to make learning fun. In the preschool classroom, one of the most popular tales that children love is the classic story of the Three Little Pigs.
In the traditional tale, the mother pig sends her three pigs out to live on their own. They build their own house with different materials and then along comes the big bad wolf. He tries to blow down their little pig houses.
Our Favorite Versions of The Three Little Pigs
Reading different versions of the story is a great way to extend the discussion of the books by comparing, contrasting, and predicting.
- Three Little Pigs by Paul Caldone (my favorite version of the Three Little Pigs – classic)
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (told from the wolf’s point of view)
- Three Little Pigs by Mei Matsuoka (classic version)
- The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall (classic version)
- Three Fish and the Big Bad Shark
- The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
- Three Little Pigs by Patricia Seibert
In this Three Little Pigs Theme Pack, you will find printable activities that are a great way to continue learning different concepts with a Three Little Pigs book theme.
Three Little Pigs Dice Game
How to play this fun educational game: Roll the die. Cover the corresponding number of spaces that you rolled (moving left to right, top to bottom). When all of the pieces are covered, you win. For younger children, you can make your own dice using a wooden cube and just adding the numerals or dots 1 through 3.
Use the printable Three Little Pigs Story Cards to retell the story. This strengthens oral language skills, vocabulary development, and sequencing skills. Use them in a pocket chart or put magnets on the back to use on an easel. You can also put pieces of felt on the back to use on a felt board.
The way the children end the story is up to them. It may end with a fire and a pot to catch the wolf in or it may not. That’s the fun of it. I love to hear the different voices they use for each of the characters (especially the baby pig).
Try these Three Little Pigs 4 piece puzzles (also includes 2 piece and 3 piece puzzles).
The puzzles include brick houses, straw houses, and stick houses. Puzzles are so much fun and a great way to reinforce math skills such as visual discrimination and part/part/whole.
Also included in this printable pack is a Three Little Pigs coloring page. Students can also use this to retell the story or cut it apart and turn it into a puzzle.
Download the Three Little Pigs Preschool Printables
More Three Little Pig Activity Ideas
Use these fun activities to extend the story of the Three Little Pigs.
- Glue real straw onto a house shape or outline.
- Practice using real building materials such as hammers and nails. Set up a thick piece of wood on a table and challenge children to nail into it. Use nails with a wide head and short hammers that are better for their small hands.
- Use chalk or paint to add color too real bricks to make a piece of art.
- Retell the story with these free printable Three Little Pigs Finger Puppets.
Three Little Pigs Science Experiment
- Pretend to be the wolf. What is the easiest material to blow?
- Experiment with a variety of materials such as fabric scraps, popsicle sticks, feathers, cotton balls, ping pong balls, straw, or construction paper.
- Blow through a straw to see how easy or hard it is to blow the materials across the table.
Three Little Pigs STEM Challenges
In a small group, in pairs, or independently try one of these fun ideas.
- Build a house using different types of materials such as lego bricks, wooden blocks, or craft sticks.
- What number of pigs can your house hold?
- Use a hair dryer as the wolf to see if it can blow your house down?
Build a house for a pig out of toothpicks and marshmallows.
Turn toilet paper tubes into pigs and wolf to retell the story.