Three Little Pigs Preschool Story Study
Do you know the story of the three little pigs? Most people know the basic story because it was read to them or told to them when they were a young child. Oral storytelling is wonderful rich part of our history that carries stories like the Three Little Pigs down through generations. This is why we do story studies.
What's a story study? At least to me, a story study is a celebration of the tradition of stories. The best story studies are of stories that are handed down, often orally, from generation to generation. As they are told and interpreted by different people, stories morph. They evolve, they transform. Sometimes in little ways. Sometimes in big ones. A story study for preschoolers invites them to look more closely at a story. It inspires creativity by showing that things can be done in more than one way. It invites comparison which leads to charting and graphing. It encourages language skills as they retell the story and react it with their bodies or materials.
The three little pigs is a great story to begin learn about story studies. It is an excellent story to tell orally. It is a story heavy with repetition, perfect for little ones. It invites lots of further conversations, block play, and questions. Best of all, there are some funny non-traditional versions which are always my favorite to pull out once you are familiar with the basic traditional tale.
I start with the story. In this case, I told it out loud first. Don't be nervous. Your audience is preschoolers. They think you are awesome. They are amazed you know such a cool story just in your head. Have fun with it. There we dove into the books, in our case the next morning.
Note: several of these stories could be understood by children 2+, but my children are generally alarmed by the wolf eating the pig. I listed all books where this happens as 3+. affiliate links included.
The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone
This is the perfect one to start with for a 3 little pigs tale. It is simple and straight forward. 3+
The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall
This is another classic version of the 3 little pigs. I recommend reading at least two basic versions of your chosen story study book. This helps to establish a base. I like the illustrations in James Marshall's version. They remind me of his lovable hippos. 3+
The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday by Donald Davis
This is similar to the classic version of the 3 little pigs, but with a few slight changes to reflect the Appalachian folktale version. 3+
The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague
This humorous version of the three little pigs follows the general storyline up to a point. The pigs are let go from the farm when the farmer retires to Florida. The big bad wolf is mostly just a very hungry wolf. The pigs and the wolf ultimately come to an amicable arrangement. 3+
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara & Mark Fearing
An out of this world version of the three little pigs. Three little aliens build homes out in the universe, attempting to hide out from the big bad robot. The robot noises are my favorite part of this creative book. 2+
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! By Jon Scieszka
If you haven't read this book, find it and read it now. It is told from the perspective of the Big Bad Wolf who claims it was all a misunderstanding. It is hilarious. This was the first book I ever read by Jon Scieszka and it completely won me over. It is creative, hilarious, and quirky. 3+
No Lie, Pigs (And Their Houses) Can Fly! by Jessica Gunderson
What if the big bad wolf wasn't so big and bad afterall? What if he just had a bad case of UBS or Uncontrollable Breathing Syndrome? This is the premise of this silly take on the classic tale. The wolf takes you through his horrible day and has you almost believing his innocence. Almost. 4+
Big Bad Wolf is Good by Simon Puttock
This is less about the story of the three pigs, but it builds on the perspective of Scieszka's book that the big bad wolf is not so bad after all. This wolf is charming and the book is full of darling little families of animals. This is a fun addition to the conversation about perspectives. 2+
A Wolf's Tale by Eva Montanari
This uniquely illustrated book drew me into a different version of the 3 little pigs. This one involves a birthday invitation, a lot more than 3 pigs, and some huffing, puffing, candle blowing. This would be another fun one to share alongside a more traditional version.
Add building materials and play animals to your building area to encourage your child(ren) to explore the story of the 3 little pigs. In our case we added:
Straw (easy to find around Halloween at the craft store)
We like to do this with my story studies we do. For this one, we talked primarily about the character of the wolf. How was he protrayed in the different stories? Which versions did we find the most believable?
During Quiet Time our flannel board was a choice during this mini-unit. We practiced retelling the story together first during Group after lunch and then I placed the flannel board and the story pieces on their shelf. I had a set of Three Little Pigs story telling pieces from my preschool teacher days, but you can find similar ones online, like these.
Books Listed Below
3 Little Pigs Flannel Board Pieces (Make your own or buy a set like these)
Pretend Pigs (Counters, Pretend Animals, whatever you have or can find)
Building Materials (Blocks, Sticks, Straw)
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