Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Buddies ~ a living story

***In September 2011, 6 families got together and started Buddies Home School. We meet every week in each others houses and follow a simple rhythm: Music and movement, craft or baking, snack time, free play and a story. Each part of the rhythm is organised and led by a different family. We are sharing this week's home kindergarden with you here...***

This week's story time was inspired by Susan's great story last week. The children really responded to the props and it made me realise how wonderful it is to involve the children in the telling of the story. It allows them to fully and bodily experience it and to internalise what they see and feel during the telling...oh and it's lots of fun :-)

So here is our telling of The Three Little Pigs (we did this play twice and the pictures of both tellings are mixed, I hope it's not too confusing). I led the story narrating what was happening as we went along, helping with the costumes and props and prompting the kids with the well known lines when appropriate.

The Three Little Pigs

Once upon a time there was a mummy pig.

She lived in her little house with her three baby pigs. They were very happy there, but those pigs grew and grew and soon her little house was too small for everyone. So one day she called all her piggies to her and told them that it was time they set off into the big world and built their own houses.

The first little pig set off to build herself a home.

She came across a worker in a field cutting hay.

She asked the worker if she may have a little hay to build herself a house with. The worker merrily gave her some hay.The little piggie took the bundle of hay and built herself a fine house.She had no sooner built her house and moved in than who should come along but the big bad wolf!

'Little Pig, little pig, let me come in!'

'Not by the hair on my chinney, chin, chin!'

'Then I'll huff, and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in!'

The wolf huffed and puffed and blew the house in and gobbled up the first little pig.

The next little pig set out to build herself a house, and seeing what had befallen her sister she decided to build her house out of sticks.She found a worker chopping sticks in the forest and asked if she may have some sticks to build herself a little house with. Again, the worker was happy to help,and the little piggie built herself a fine house of sticks. But no sooner had she moved in, who should come along but... the big, bad wolf!

'Little pig, little pig, let me come in!'

'Not by the hiar on my chinney, chin, chin!'

'Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!'

and he huffed and he puffed and he blew down the house of sticks and gobbled up the little pig.

Now the third little pig seeing this decided to find something very strong to build his house of.

When he set off to build his house he found a worker making bricks out of clay. He asked may he have some bricks to build a good, strong house with and the worker handed over a pile of bricks. The little pig had no sooner built his house when who should come along? The big bad wolf! 'Little pig, little pig, let me come in!'

'Not by the hair of my chiney, chin, chin!'

'Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in!'

And he huffed and he puffed, and he huffed and he puffed and he huffed and he puffed, but that house of bricks was so strong that he couldn't blow it down. 'Well if I can't blow it down' said the wolf 'I shall climb up the roof and come down the chimney!'

when the little pig heard the wolf on the roof he quickly stoked up the fire and put a huge pot of water on to boil.

The wolf slid down the chimney and straight into the pot of boiling water. He got so scolded that he ran off and was never seen again!

The End

yay :-)

You should try a living story sometime, it really is good fun!


  1. sorry about the formatting, I'm still having problems with blogger :-(

  2. Oh My Goodness, your post has come at just the right time as I too am organising a 3 little pigs activity at our playgroup.

    My little Katie is obsessed by the 3 little pigs, and nearly all our play centres around it at the moment ('can you be the wolf?'). I was thinking of making masks and acting out the story, also bringing in some straw, sticks and bricks and letting the children get a feel of them to see why the house of bricks couldn't get blown down. I love your blog and your playgroup is inspirational. I love the way you used the adults to make the houses - great idea!
    I will do a post of ours next week and link it to yours. Have got to get my thinking cap on for subsequent playgroups. Was thinking of decorating gingerbread men for the next one and acting that out too (another of K's favourtites along with the 3 Billie goats gruff). Love these old fairytales. Thanks again Laura, for being so inspiring and if our playgroup has half as much fun as yours,then it will be great. xx

  3. Hi Lou, we'd love to hear how you get on. The kids really got a lot out of it and could be involved as little or as much as they felt comfortable. Please do send us a link to your post. We'd also love to hear about the gingerbread man, that sounds fabby :-) thanks for taking the time to comment, hugs Laura x