The Billy Goats Gruff

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Once again, we have teamed up with Yellow Door to offer you a mini series of interactive resources and activities focusing on three traditional tales. This month, get set to trippetty trap over the bridge…

The Billy Goats Gruff

Tell the children the traditional story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’, or read a storybook version.

Talk about the story with the children. Count the three goats and focus on positional language, such as ‘across’, ‘over’, ‘behind’, ‘in’, ‘on’ and the ‘other side’. Look at the goats and ask the children how they are different from each other. Encourage them to use the words ‘smaller’ and ‘bigger’.

Ask the children questions to reinforce the story and each character’s role and motives. For example:

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  1. shams
    on 28 February 2014

    snow white and seven helpers

    Can I have the story of snow white and the seven helperrs

  2. summer
    on 4 March 2012

    The Billy goats gruff

    Use the children’s interest in the story as a springboard to finding out more about animals, meadows and bridges.
    With parental permission, take the children to a farm to see some goats. Take photographs and talk about these back at your setting. Bring in some items associated with goats such as wool (cashmere or angora) and goat milk products.
    Discuss why the goats are different sizes. Do the children think that the little goat is younger? Compare the sizes of children in families. Also, look at the differences in size between children of the same age.
    Talk about other animals and plants that you might find in a meadow, for example, flowers, minibeasts, mammals and birds. Make a group collage of the goats’ meadow.
    Look at the bridge in the story and collect pictures of other bridges. Compare different types of bridge. What shape are they? What materials are they made of? Provide construction or recyclable materials for the children to design and make their own bridges.