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Value: Hard Work

Time: 20 minutes

Appropriate Ages: 2-8

Materials:

  • Acting Props:

    • apron for Little Red Hen​

    • different animal props to define different animal characters- dog collar, cow bell, pig ears, cat ears, mouse whiskers, etc.

    • something to actually eat at the end- bread, pizza, crackers, cookies, etc.

  • Book: The Little Red Hen- Choose from a version below or choose your own!

    • Available on Amazon HERE​​​

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*Making pizza instead

of bread, not the best at driving home the moral

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*Sesame Street characters do a play of the story, lending itself well to the extension activity below

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*Adds a new character, the baker who actually helps the hen, but who does not eat the bread in the end either

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*Classic story, with characters and illustrations showing an 1800s setting

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*My favorite version because the lazy friends decide to change their ways, and there are  beautiful illustrations, as used below:

Activity/Discussion:

  1. Read story. At the following points in the story, prompt with the following discussion questions:

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Why do you think they don't want to help?

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How do you think the little red hen feels?

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Look at the mouse's face. Do you think the friends like helping? How does it make them feel to contribute and work hard?

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What is the lesson of this story?

2. Act out the story! See if the kids can do it themselves with little narrative prompting from you and without looking at the pictures. Push them to do as much as they can by themselves while giving them the help they need. Have a little red hen character, and make all the extra actors the lazy friends.

Optional Variation: Invite the lazy friend actors to think of their own reasons for not helping. Ex: "I'm playing video games", "I'm eating a snack", "I'm playing with my toys". This may encourage them to think of personal distractions to their own hard work.

Optional Variation: Rather than baking bread in your skit, consider substituting the steps to an activity they are more familiar with or that your family is personally engaged in. Ex: planting tomatoes and making salsa, or going grocery shopping for ingredients and then coming home and making pizza, ice cream, lemonade, or your favorite food. You could also consider the steps for something your child personally needs to work on, such as getting better at math to pass a test, practicing soccer to make the winning goal at the game, or practicing an instrument to be able to play a beautiful song.