The 3 Little Pigs - Reading, Playing & Building Outdoors!


 
Minnie loves the classic fairy tale 'The Three little Pigs' it's one of those books she's eager to share again & again. I thought she might like to explore the building materials the three pigs had, so I collected our bricks, some straw (kindly donated by a friend) & some sticks, & left them in the garden... here's how her adventure unfolded.

She started by collecting her three cuddly pigs & allocated building materials.





 Then my little builder got creating.

I knew she wouldn't be able to resist jumping in the straw 

Property #1 was a fine straw construction, created in the style of an igloo!


Property #2 had a little assistance with the construction (at the request of the builder) although all I really did was push the garden canes into the mud to create a basic structure. Minnie then added sticks/branches to create her wooden home.


This accommodation came complete with leaf bed!

Property #3 took a little longer to create. She added 'concrete' as she did before when playing with the bricks, & created a sturdy detached residence, perfect for any little pig.




Once all the houses were ready the Big Bad Wolf appeared... in the guise of Tigger! He huffed & puffed & blew knocked the house of straw down. Minnie carried the first pig over to the house made of sticks.


Then the wolf was back & huffed & puffed once more. Minnie kicked the bottom of the sticks, creating a gap for her to collect the two pigs. These pigs were then carried to the house of bricks. Minnie was retelling the story as she played with the characters, & again using different voices for the wolf & pigs. "We're frightened, we're frightened" screeched the pigs in a very high voice.


Once all the pigs were in the house of bricks the wolf came by again, but all his huffing & puffing couldn't move that house!


Minnie's version of the story had a happy ending, with the wolf saying "I'm verwy sorwy" to the pigs & the pigs inviting him in for a cup of tea! In fact most of Minnie's stories finish like this, everyone gathered together enjoying a cuppa. How civilized! ;-)

She continued exploring the story, rebuilding the houses with the pigs, & trying the houses out for herself. She was rather stumped with the house made of bricks so decided to just kneel in front & pretend to be inside. The house of sticks was definitely her favourite pad, & i think she would happily live in it if she could!


There's something so special about stepping into a book & playing with the story & it's characters. It's also a wonderful way to observe children's understanding of narratives, emotions, scenarios, & language.

All the posts we're sharing this week are linked to favourite stories in celebration of World Book Day on March 1st.

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6 comments:

  1. This is beautiful! :) What a lovely way to bring such a great story to life! :) Love it! I've pinned this on Pinterest!

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  2. How fun to tell this story outside and actually make the pigs' houses! What a creative idea! Love the happy ending, too.:)

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  3. What wonderful, creative, pretend play! I especially love that the wolf apologized at the end!

    Thank you for linking up to Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

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  4. this is a brilliant idea, and i love all the little houses. so cute.

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  5. WOW! I just love where your little ones minds took them! This is fantastic! Great photos! Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tots!

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  6. This is so wonderful! The 3 Little Pigs is a favorite story at our house... I can totally see my oldest getting so lost in the story this way!

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