"The Three Little Pigs" is a classic story that has been well-loved by young children for centuries. While the tale has many renditions, the most well-known telling most likely comes from the 1898 Joseph Jacobs' version. If your little one is a fan of this children's classic, try an accompanying art project that is based on the story's creative characters and action-packed narrative.
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Paper Bag Puppets
Kids can create colourful paper bag puppets for each of the main characters in the "Three Little Pigs." Start with a standard-sized sandwich sack turned so that the flap is at the top and facing you. Create either a pig or wolf face on the flap, using markers, paints or cut paper pieces. Decorate the rest of the bag, back and front, to match the character. Design farm-inspired checked shirts and overalls for the pigs or a furry facade for the wolf. Use fabric scraps or craft fur to add texture to the puppet, paint with tempera or finger paints, or draw on clothing with markers and crayons.
Stage a "Three Little Pigs"-inspired puppet play using child-made character creations. Gather together a dinner-sized paper plate, clear-drying non-toxic school glue, construction paper, a thick craft stick and markers or crayons. The plate will be the character's face. Cut pink triangles and an oval as the pig's ears and nose, and grey triangles for the big bad wolf's ears. The ears should be approximately three inches tall by three inches wide, with the nose being about three inches across. Glue the ears to the top of the plate, and the pig's nose to the centre. Use markers and/or crayons to make eyes, the wolf's nose and a mouth. Glue the craft stick to the back with the first two inches behind the plate and the rest extending down as a handle.
Create the pigs' straw, wood and brick houses using recycled household items and art materials. Start with a single-serving-sized milk carton, the top half of a larger milk carton or child-sized shoebox. This will be the main body of the house. Cover the carton or box with brown butcher paper. Glue on different materials for each of the houses. Try actual straw, cut yellow paper or raffia for the straw house, craft sticks for the wood house and rectangle-shaped pieces of clay for the brick house. Create a roof by cutting a piece of paper or cardboard into an eight-by-five-inch rectangle for a milk carton or a bit larger for a shoebox. Fold in the middle, cover with the materials that match the house, and place on top of the carton or box.
Children can craft their own illustrated storybook of this favourite tale. Cut two cardboard squares to approximately ten by ten inches in size. Use the sides of a packing or cereal box to save money, and add in a lesson on recycling/the environment. Cut three pieces of white drawing or construction paper to the same size as the cardboard. Use a hole punch to make two holes on the left side of the cardboard and the paper, one two inches from the top and the other two inches from the bottom. Bind the book together by threading a piece of ribbon or yarn through the holes. Draw one scenic picture per page, starting with the pigs, wolf and straw house on the first page. The second page will have the characters and the stick house, and the last page will have the brick house.
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