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Folk Tale Puppet Fun: The Little Red Hen


selection of animal puppets (one for each child and teacher)
text of “The Little Red Hen”
sack or pillowcase


Locate the text for the story of "The Little Red Hen" in a picture book
or anthology.
* Create an outline of the story, leaving the animal names blank.
* Place the animal puppets in a sack or pillowcase.
What to Do
1. Invite the children to sit in a circle. Begin by reading the story of "The Little
Red Hen."
2. Prompt the children to reach into the sack and pull out a puppet without
3. Name your own puppet as the lead character and narrate the tale (for
example, The Little Brown Bunny).
4. Direct the children to add their own parts, speaking in turn from your right.
Examples: "Not I, said the squirrel," "Not I! said the cow," "Not I, said the
bear," and so on.
5. Complete the tale with applause.
Consider the following:
* List the children's names in a column of a writing tablet. Ask another adult to
observe the activity and mark a check by the corresponding name each time
a child responds with a correct line at the appropriate time.
* Are the children able to retell the story?
Book: Learn Every Day About Animals
Center: Library/Book/ ABC Center
Topic: Animals
Content: Science
Area: Language
Age: 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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