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The Three Little Pigs: A Story About Counting

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Math Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center:

Math/Numbers/Reasoning

Topic:

Numbers

Content:

Mathematics

Area:

Cognitive

Age:

3 through 4 Years Old

Interaction:

Large Group

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Materials:

none



Instructions:

Note: This activity is better for older children.
Tell the children the following version of the “Three Little Pigs,” asking them the
questions as noted:
Once upon a time, there lived three little pigs, age two, three, and four. What is the
total age for all three pigs together? (9)
Every morning for breakfast, the pigs ate eggs (no bacon!). One pig ate one egg, the
second pig ate three eggs, and the third pig ate five eggs. How many eggs did they
eat in all? (9)
One day, after eating all those eggs, the three pigs decided to take a walk. The first
pig walked one mile, the second pig walked three miles, and the third pig walked two
miles. How many miles did they walk total? (6)
After all that walking, the three little pigs decided to go back home. Each pig’s four
feet were very sore. How many sore feet were there in all? (12)
Now, the wolf was very hungry. It took him three puffs to blow down the first pig’s
straw house, and five puffs to blow down the second pig’s stick house. However, after
six puffs, he couldn’t blow down the third pig’s house. How many puffs does that
make? (14)


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