This 3 Little Pigs tale has been passed down through generations and is a favorite among preschoolers. The 3 Little Pigs Preschool Theme can also be used to help children understand the consequences of their actions, as the little pigs who built their houses out of straw and sticks suffered when the big bad wolf blew them down.
Additionally, the story of the three little pigs is a great tool for helping children develop their listening and comprehension skills. It's an easy book to follow and can be used to encourage children to make predictions, ask questions, and discuss the story as a group.
In this post, we will share some fun and easy activities that you can do with your preschoolers using the story of the three little pigs. From arts and crafts to language and math activities, this 3 Little Pigs preschool unit has something for everyone. So, get ready to have some fun and learn with the three little pigs!
Use the Three Ninja Pigs theme instead to take a twist off the boring path of the traditional Three Little Pigs preschool theme. Most libraries have this book by Corey Rosen Schwartz (author) and Dan Santat (illustrator).
This Roll and Color the Ninja Pig activity is ideal for any Three Little Pigs preschool theme. I created the preschool Roll and Color Math games to help build important skills that my preschoolers needed for kindergarten.
My 3 Little Pigs preschool theme Roll and Color math game and the Puppet printables can be found at the bottom of this post.
The 3 Little Pigs Preschool Theme: Literacy Activity
This is an easy, no-prep activity that still packs in a lot of educational value. For this activity, you will need to read two books to your children: the traditional story of the Three Little Pigs and the book The Three Little Ninja Pigs. The stories should be read one after another in circle time, though. This makes it easier for children to associate the stories with each other.
Once the children become familiar with both stories, you can lead them into a discussion about the stories. The goal is to get the children thinking about how the stories are different from each other and how they are similar. This is a very basic method for teaching children to compare and contrast.
Discussion Questions for 3 Little Pigs Preschool Ninja Pigs:
- What did the big bad wolf do in the Three Little pigs story?
- What did the wolf do in the Three Little Ninjas story?
- How many pigs were in the first story?
- How many pigs were in the second story?
- Were there the same amount of pigs in both stories?
- Which story did you like better?
- Why did you like that story better?
- Who was your favorite character, or which pig was your favorite?
As you talk with the children, you can emphasize what is “same” and what is “different.” For example, the stories have the same number of pigs. Both stories have the same amount of pigs and a big bad wolf, but the little pigs' houses are different.
This is going to help kids practice their critical thinking skills, and it also builds reading comprehension skills. It's always fun to talk about a book, and making and using the puppets provides a hands-on activity for the 3 Little Pigs preschool story.
How to make the 3 Little Pigs Ninja Pig Puppets for your 3 Little Pigs Preschool Theme:
Print out one page for each of your students and do this activity in small groups. Pass out one page for each of your students, and make sure they have crayons, scissors, and other coloring tools.
The children should color around the characters before they cut their wolf and pig out. After they are done coloring, have them cut out their three little pig puppet characters. Then they can glue a craft stick to the bottom of the character to make a puppet. I would also add tape to the craft stick where it is glued to the paper because the craft sticks don't stay very well if only glue is used.
After the children have their puppets ready, read the Three Little Ninja Pigs book with them. Encourage your students to role-play with their puppets.
When any of the pig characters talk, the kids hold up their pig puppet and repeat the phrase after you read the phrase. The kids can do the same with their wolf puppets.
The Three Little Ninja Pigs book as part of the 3 Little Pigs preschool theme is easy for the class to repeat because it is written in a rhythmic way with rhyming verses.
The 3 Little Pigs Preschool Theme: Math Game
I created the Roll and Color Math games to help my preschoolers learn specific skills. All you need for this game is a big foam dice, a whiteboard marker, and a roll and color page for each of your students.
Skills that preschoolers practice while playing the Three Little Pigs Preschool Theme Roll and Color Game:
- Subitizing: Learning what an amount is without having to count that amount
- 1:1 correspondence: Learning how to count each object separately
- Number recognition
- Color recognition
- Following directions
How to play the Roll and Color the Ninja Pig in your 3 Little Pigs Preschool Theme:
Pass a page out to each of your students. Have kids take turns rolling the dice in a counterclockwise direction. When a child takes a turn, they color whatever part of the pig matches the color shade that is assigned to the number square.
The Ninja Pig Math game printables include a game with no colors. This is so kids can use the crayon colors that are available. You can also fill in the squares with the colors you want them to learn the names of, and then make copies.
These 3 Little Pigs preschool theme activities not only make learning fun but also help children develop important skills such as listening, comprehension, creativity, and math. We hope that this post has provided some inspiration for how you can use the story of the three little pigs in your preschool classroom or at home.