First go on a nature walk. Early childhood students love to walk around their school grounds looking for and picking up sticks and rocks and hay or grass. Remember safety first. Only walk around the school grounds where it is safe and students are monitored and counted at all times.
Gather some hay or dried grass. Pile it up, work to build something that looks like a hut. Imaginations are important in building this house. It probably won’t look like a normal house but with imaginative play, it can be called a hay house.?
Second, gather some sticks. Safety is important in making this house, too. Make sure the students do not poke their classmates with the sticks or run around with sticks. Pile the sticks up, make them look like a house or a teepee. Lay the sticks against the bottom of a fence to make the house look like a lean-to or hut. Again, imagination plays an important role in this house as well.?
Third, gather some bricks or big rocks. Safety is also important in building this house as well. Make sure the students do not throw the bricks or drop them on their hands and feet. Stack the bricks into any shape or creation to look like a house. The bricks will form something that looks more like a house than the hay and sticks.?
When the construction of each house is completed, have the students act out the story of the Three Little Pigs. Start at the hay house. Have the students huff and puff and blow the hay all over. Then run around the playground over to the stick house. Have the students huff and puff and blow the sticks down. Run around the playground a third time and run over to the brick house. Try huffing and puffing and try to blow the brick house down.
The hay and sticks will likely blow over or fall since they are lighter than the bricks. The bricks should be heavy enough to not fall over as easily.
Students will love acting out this story and will be able to recall the events and characters easily.