"Three Billy Goats Gruff" Story Activities

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"Three Billy Goats Gruff" Story Activities
Field trips to view real goats is another activity option. (Adrian Samson/Lifesize/Getty Images)

"The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is a Norwegian folktale about three billy goats named Gruff who wish to travel over a bridge to get to a green meadow where they can grow fat. Each billy goat attempts to cross the bridge, which is guarded by a mean troll who wants to eat the billy goats. The goats outwit the troll, who is eventually knocked off his bridge by the third and largest billy goat. Activities for this classic children's tale include singing songs and creating goat crafts.

Printable Activities

Printable activities for "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" include colouring pages, such as those featuring the goats on the bridge wanting to cross and the largest goat knocking the troll off the bridge. Mazes are available in the shape of goats, and the maze's object is to get the goats to the bridge. Word scramble puzzles, word search puzzles and cryptogram puzzles are also options. Cryptogram puzzles are those that use letter substitutions to create puzzles, according to Print Activities.


"Three Billy Goats Gruff" craft ideas include goat toilet paper roll crafts, which requires goat head and feet templates from craft sites (though you can trace your own) with the toilet paper roll as the body. The craft can be painted white. Construction paper can be used to make goat picture crafts, goat hand puppets and cut-and-fold 3-D goat crafts. Goat templates are available from online craft sites for such crafts.


"Three Billy Goats Gruff" songs are available through assorted websites, such as Songs for Teaching, which features "The Three Billy Goats Gruff Song" by Shauna Tominey. Arlo Guthrie recorded a "Three Billy Goats Gruff" song for a storytelling/music album featuring famous fairy tales. YouTube is a source for finding "Three Billy Goats Gruff" songs, including one by Frank Luther, which features the entire story of the goats. MP3 downloads of "Three Billy Goats Gruff" songs are also available.

Theatre Activities

Reader's Theater activities featuring the three billy goats can work in a classroom and children's party setting. The activity can be performed in class with students at their desks or in front of the class. Props and costumes may or may not be utilised. depending on resources. Plays feature six or seven characters, including two or three narrators, the troll and the three billy goats. Puppets made of paper or felt may also be utilised in the classroom or party setting.

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