A few days at home together, and the children begged to go to the library, we returned with a themed selection of books Miss 4 chose.
So, the next couple of days we had lots of 3 Little Pig related fun. How a simple, traditional fairytale can be brought to life.
We began by lunch: sticks, straw, bricks and cement, aka; Pepperami, cheese strings, thins and butter and jam. Not by any means suggesting we play with our food, but it was fun!
Tub time, consisted of pink water, foam pigs and wolf on the tiles, a straw house made of drinking straws, a stick house made of lolly sticks and a brick house made of lego, not forgetting laminated parts of the story, to support Miss 4 in story sequencing.
Needless to say, Little Miss 4 had a whale of a time, as I read the story while she bathed. She then used the story sequencing cards and put them in order. Then rein-acted the whole story herself, huffing and puffing at the houses!
Tub-times in our house are so much fun!
This morning greeted Little Miss 4 with a word hunt, I chose 9 words that were familiar in the Three Little Pigs story, and wrote out each word 3 or 4 times on post-its which I hid around the house, Miss 4 had to find them and read them aloud (if she could), before placing them on her clip board. Little Miss 4, is ready for this literacy challenge and is quite good at sight reading, however you could always do picture, phonics or number hunts too.
Being such a glorious day, the afternoon found us in the garden, trying to build the pigs’ houses out of straw, sticks and bricks. It was interesting watching little Miss 4 struggle to actually ‘build’ with straw and lift the heavy bricks and so on. I think this experience really brought the story story to life and enhanced Miss 4s understanding of the properties of different materials.
We then came back inside for some snacks, whilst Little Miss 4 performed the Three Little Pigs puppet show.
I must say, we’ve had a truly fabulous couple of days making memories together. Sharing books is such a lovely warming experience in itself, bringing them to life is something else entirely!