This week in story time we started our Fairy Tale series. Our theme this week was “Little Red Riding Hood”. Our titles were: Little Red Riding Hood by Marjorie Priceman and Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! By Trisha Speed Shaskan.
Our first book was the traditional story of Little Red while our second book told the story from the point of view of the wolf. It is always interesting to see who knows the story of Little Red and which version they know. Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! is a funny story because the wolf explains that he was a vegetarian. He mistakenly thought Little Red was an apple and that is why he ate her.
After reading the traditional Little Red Riding Hood I wanted to see if any of the kids could tell it to me. I used a flannel story of Little Red Riding Hood. If you don’t have a flannel you can print out the characters and use that instead. Start them out with the Little Red Riding Hood piece and have them explain who she is and where she is going. Next introduce the wolf and what he is going to do. Before you know it the kids have told you the entire plot of the story.
For our song we did:
The Apple Song
(set to Five Little Monkeys):
Five little apples hanging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Slinky worm can’t eat me,
Along comes Mr. Slinky worm quiet as can be…
(Repeat with 4,3,2,1)
For our craft we made a Little Red Riding Hood doll. For supplies you will need crayons or markers, glue stick, one piece of construction paper, red tissue paper, and a printout of Little Red Riding Hood.
Start by having the kids color the pieces for Little Red’s head and arms. Don’t direct them to the red crayon. Let them use a blue or green if they want. This is about letting them show their creative side.
Now that they have their pieces colored have them run the glue stick along the short edge of the construction paper. Roll the paper so that the edges overlap and the piece of paper makes a tube. If you need to tape the seem so that it doesn’t come undone.
Now they can add the tissue paper. There really is no right or wrong way to do it. Let them tear pieces and glue them where they think they should go. Some kids like long capes, others like to add veils.
After the glue dries it is finished! Let the kids show them off or use them as puppets.