How to build the three little pig's house of straw

Updated February 21, 2017

The "Three Little Pigs" is a classic tale of how three pigs construct homes separately out of different materials, one out of straw, one out of sticks and one out of brick. The home with the brick, which took the most amount of work, is the only one able to withstand the huffs and puffs of the Big Bad Wolf. This classic story teaches children that hard work produces the best results. Just a few steps can help you to build the Three Little Pigs' House of Straw.

Cut the top of the milk carton off to create the walls of the house, according to, an online source for children's activity ideas. Then, attach two shoebox lids together so that they form an upside-down "V." Place the upside-down "V"--which will be the roof of your house of straw--on top of the empty milk carton, and secure the roof to the house using duct tape.

Cut pieces of brown paper bag so that they are the right size to cover the four sides of the milk carton. In addition, trim pieces that will fit the two shoebox panels that make up the roof. Glue these brown paper bag pieces to your house.

Use a marker to draw a door and windows on the house. Next, cut one of the sides off of the cereal box and glue the bottom of the milk carton to this cereal box sheet. This cereal box sheet will serve as the ground on which your straw house will stand.

Go on a nature walk to find dried weeds or raffia--leaf fibres of the raffia palm tree, according to you can use as the straw on the house. Glue the dried weeds to the milk carton and shoebox panels to create the face of your straw home.

Glue green tissue or crepe paper to the cereal box to create a grassy lawn for your home. You also can use yellow and orange tissue paper to create a fall-coloured ground or cotton balls to produce a winter setting. In addition, add pebbles or sand to create a path on the ground or pine cones to create trees around your straw house.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty milk carton
  • Two shoebox lids
  • Duct tape
  • Brown paper bags
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Marker
  • Empty cereal box
  • Dried weeds or raffia
  • Green or yellow and orange tissue/crepe paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Pebbles or sand
  • Pine cones
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About the Author

YaShekia King, of Indianapolis, began writing professionally in 2003. Her work has appeared in several publications including the "South Bend Tribune" and "Clouds Across the Stars," an international book. She also is a licensed Realtor and clinical certified dental assistant. King holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ball State University.