Take a turn from the traditional three little pigs story with a twist by integrating the Three Ninja Pigs story into your three little pigs preschool theme.
The Three Little Ninja Pigs book by Corey Rosen Schwartz (illustrated by Dan Santat) is not only a fun story, it is a very modern tale that subtly promotes great values. In this book, the contemporary twist is that the third little pig rescues the day because she trained without quitting.
Besides just being a fun book that children love with phrases like “stay out of my hut or I'll kick your big butt”, it brings a giggle. I also love the non-traditional roles and the melodic rhyme pattern the story is written with.
Three Little Pigs Preschool Theme: Literacy Activities
The first part of this curriculum unit is to read both the traditional Three Little Pigs Story and the Three Ninja Pigs story. Read the books a few times so the children will become familiar with the stories. Once they become familiar with the stories, use these books as a basis for a compare and contrast exercise. Talk with the children about:
- What is different?
- What is the same?
- What was the wolf like in the 3 Little Pigs?
- What was the wolf like in the 3 Ninja pigs?
- Which one was your favorite and why?
- Which character did they like the best?
Teaching in this way builds all those critical thinking skills connectors in kids' brains. It also helps kids practice the skills needed that will eventually become reading comprehension. Make sure to use fun words like “character” to introduce new vocabulary. Integrate words from the books into your discussion, like “dojo” from The Three Little Ninja Pigs.
This type of reading activity for preschoolers is called “Dialogic Reading”. According to Dr. Enid Acosta-Tello from National University, research shows that this method serves as a greater benefit for children's language and reading development.
The second part of this curriculum unit is to letter identification. There are letter recognition dot sheets, and sound recognition printables in the pack at the bottom of this post. Talk about the letter P for pig. Then children can work on the letter P sheets. Talk about the letter W for wolf. Then children can work on the letter W worksheets.
Take the opportunity during circle time to point out letters W and P in the Three Little Pigs book and the Three Ninja Pigs book. In a smaller group of children, you can ask children to find the W and P in the text as well. Just make sure to have them find one letter at a time. Don't have them search for both letters until they can recognize each letter individually.
3 Little Pigs Preschool Theme: Science and Math Activity
For the preschool STEM or Science and Math activity, the children are going to build their own “three little pig” house. Then they will test the house to see if it “blows down”.
To build their own house, each student will need:
- sliced up pool noodles
- Jenga blocks or wooden blocks
- A type of paper fan
After children build their houses, they are going to test their houses with the paper fan. This allows for a role play and use of the imagination. Encourage your preschoolers to be the “Big Bad Wolf” and try to blow the house down by waving the fan. Kids have a blast doing this!
Kids get an opportunity to build those much needed fine motor skills by using different material to build their home. If you don't use Jenga blocks and pool noodle slices, make sure to incorporate smaller items that requires them to use their “pincer grasp”. Larger blocks are fine for gross motor skills, but they need smaller blocks to practice that important fine motor skill.
Using different types of things to build their house is also important because it helps kids use their problem-solving skills. As shown in the above photo, you can see Alex experimenting with trying to fit the block into the hole. The pool noodle slices are great because of their shape, the holes, and the texture. As discussed by Michigan State University, all of these factors allow students to discover lots of different enrichments on their own when constructing their houses.
Finally, have the children count how many blocks or items they needed to build their houses. They can count the amount of each material. For example: 5 circles and 10 blocks. They can count by color, if the items are different color. Ask them how many brown items they used to build their house, how many green, how many red, and so forth. This way, all the children get counting practice at their skill level. One child may only be able to count to three, and another to ten. This small group three little pig activity allows all the children to participate.
These 3 Little Pigs Preschool Theme activities teach the following skills:
- Reading Comprehension
- Fine Motor
- Letter Regcognition
- Problem Solving
- Critical Thinking
Get the puppets and the 3 Ninja Pigs Roll and Color Math Game here.