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The Little Red Hen Preschool Activities and Crafts

The Little Red Hen activities, games, crafts, printables for preschool and kindergarten

The Little Red Hen is a classic story that all children love. From seed to bread, friendship, and helping each other are the main focus of this book. Our KidsSoup Resource Library contains a wide range of different activities related to the theme of The Little Red Hen. Preschool and kindergarten activities to teach literacy skills such as sequencing, comprehension, and retelling of the story to use with small and large groups, as well as those to give to independent learners. You can find related materials for all subject areas for your preschool or kindergarten classroom. The focus letter is "H" and the short e vowel sound and -en word family are introduced. In addition, children practice matching uppercase and lowercase letters, have fun with position and rhyming words, practice on-going math skills and number concepts. Our sample activities below are sure to result in a busy and productive classroom environment. More The Little Red Hen activities are available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library.

Themes and Projects

 
The Little Red Hen from Seed to Bread
 
The Little Red Hen - Helping Others Social Skills

Crafts

 
Red Hen Paper Plate Craft
 
Shaking with the Little Red Hen
 
The Little Red Hen Oven Mitt Puppet

Activities and Lessons

 
The Little Red Hen - Helping Others Social Skills
 
The Little Red Hen Story Sequencing Cards
 
The Little Red Hen Story Sequencing

Math

 
Little Red Hen Bread Shapes
 
The Little Red Hen Numbers 1-10

Science and Exploration

 
The Little Red Hen from Seed to Bread
 
The Grain Chain Lesson
 
From Egg to Chick Life Cycle Cards

Games

 
B for baking bread Letter Recognition
 
Little Red Hen Bread Shapes
 
Little Red Hen and Wheat plus 1

Movement

 
Shaking with the Little Red Hen
 
There Is a Little (White) Hen Movement Rhyme

Booklets and Other

 
The Little Red Hen Bread Snack
 
The Little Red Hen Word Wall
 
The Little Red Hen Story Book

Worksheets

 
The Little Red Hen - How Many?
 
B for baking bread - Pre-writing
 
Color the Hen Red

In The Classroom

 
Shaking with the Little Red Hen

 

The Little Red Hen Activities

 

Caution! Please check if any of the children in your care have gluten allergies before making some of these activities.

Before Reading

Introduce The Little Red Hen puppet to the children. (Craft description and patterns available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library)

 

Preschool Activities: 

Explain that you will read a story about The Litte Red Hen and her friends. In advance place a small bread inside a paper bag. Show children the bag. Let children touch and feel the bag and smell what's inside. Can they guess what's inside the bag? Take out the bread. Ask children if they like to eat bread and if they know how bread is made.

Show children a stalk of wheat, some wheat seeds, and some products made from wheat, or pictures of the items. Ask children to share ways they think the grains of wheat eventually become bread.

Preschool Activities: 

 

Explain that it takes a lot of time and hard work to get from grain to bread. Talk about the process of planting, harvesting, and the final product, the baked good. Read the book The Little Red Hen to the children.

Read the story of The Little Red Hen. (Booklet and puppets available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library)

The Little Red Hen story book and story puppets printables and activities
Preschool Activities: 

 

After Reading

Review the story and place the pictures from the story in order on the board or on a table. Talk about what happened first, then, next, last, etc. 

Little Red Hen story sequencing activities printables preschool kindergarten
Preschool Activities: 

 

As each picture is added to the sequence, sing the appropriate verse of "The Little Red Hen's Song" below:

Song and Movement
Children pretend to be the little red hen and make the matching movements together.

The Little Red Hen Song
(Melody: Here We Go ‘round the Mulberry Bush)

First, we gather the seeds, cluck-cluck
the seeds, cluck-cluck
the seeds, cluck-cluck
First, we gather the seeds, cluck-cluck
so early in the morning.

Then, we plant the seeds, cluck-cluck
the seeds, cluck-cluck
the seeds, cluck-cluck
Then, we plant the seeds, cluck-cluck
so early in the morning.

Then, we cut the wheat stalks, cluck-cluck
the wheat stalks, cluck-cluck
the wheat stalks, cluck-cluck
Then, we cut the wheat stalks, cluck-cluck
so early in the morning.

Then, we carry the wheat to the mill,
the wheat to the mill,
​the wheat to the mill.
Then, we carry the wheat to the mill
so early in the morning.

Later, we make bread dough, cluck-cluck
a bread dough, cluck-cluck,
a bread dough, cluck-cluck.
Later, we make bread dough, cluck-cluck
so early in the morning.

Then, we bake the bread in the oven,
bread in the oven,
bread in the oven.
Then, we bake the bread in the oven,
so early in the morning.

Last, we eat the yummy bread,
The yummy bread,
the yummy bread.
​Last, we eat the yummy bread,
so early in the morning.

Extension Activities

Science Exploration:
Investigate wheat seeds and wheat stalks. Provide magnifing glass.

Little Red Hen science activities preschool and kindergarten

Find wheat seeds in dirt using a magnifing glass.

 

Little Red Hen Story Re-telling

Provide wheat seeds, wheat stalks, small bags with flours, brown play dough and some dirt. Let children use The Little Red Hen puppets to re-tell the story or create their own The Little Red Hen and Her Friends stories.

Little Red Hen story puppets and activities preschool and kindergarten
Preschool Activities: 

Preschool Activities: 

Little Red Hen small world play - fine motor skills
Preschool Activities: 

 

The Little Red Hen Math Activities

Little Red Hen Planting Wheat Activity. (Counting and fine motor skills.)

Little Red Hen counting and fine motor skill activity preschool
Preschool Activities: 

 

Little Red Hen Bread Shape Sorting Activity (Shapes recognition)

Little Red Hen Shapes Sorting Game preschool
Preschool Activities: 

 

Little Red Hen +1 Game (addition)

Litte Red Hen math game preschool and kindergarten
Preschool Activities: 

 

Little Red Hen Numbers (Number sense)

Little Red Hen number sense activity for preschool and kindergarten
Preschool Activities: 

 

Literacy

 

H for Hen Letter Exploration Mats (available inside our ABC Twiggles Program)

H for Hen Letter Exploration mats and activities
Preschool Activities: 

The Little Red Hen B for Baking Bread Game

Little Red Hen letter B folder game preschool and kindergarten
Preschool Activities: 

 

Craft

Salt Dough Breads

Research some different kinds of breads. Set up a baking station. Let children form breads, buns, croissants, or cinnamon rolls (Let children roll the dough into a long snake shape and roll into a spiral. Provide cookie cutters to cut out cookie shapes. Use dried bakery items in your pretend bakery store for sale. 

What you need:

Bowl
1 cup flour
1/2 cup Salt
2 tbs vegetable oil

To make the dough place a bowl of flour, a bowl of salt, and a bowl with water on a table. Provide measuring spoons, small plastic bowls, and plastic forks. Demonstrate to children how to make a salt dough. In a small bowl let them use the measuring spoon to add 2 scoops of flour and 1 scoop of salt into a bowl. Let them stir the salt and the flour with the fork. Then, add 2 spoons full of water to the mixture. Let children use their hands to mix the dough. (Option add a small amount of oil to the dough. This will make the dough smoother.) Let children form the dough into different breads. Place them on a cookie sheet to dry. To speed up the drying time place the salt dough breads in the ofen on low heat. Usualy it takes about 3 hours at a low heat so they don’t burn. Let children paint the breads and sell them in their pretend bakery.

Preschool Activities: 

Let children sell the bread in their pretend bakery shop.

Circle Game

What's inside the Box? (Baker tools vocabulary, oral language, sensory)

In advance place baker tools inside a box (rolling pin, measuring cup and spoons, spatula, wooden spoon, cookie cutters, bowl,etc.)

Invite one child after the other to come to the box and take out one item. Let each of the children hold the item. Name the item and discuss what each tool is used for. Place the item in the middle of the circle.

What's missing?

Choose four to five items. Ask children to cover their eyes and remove one item. What tool is missing?

What's inside the box?

Ask children to cover their eyes. Place one item inside the box. Invite one child to feel the item inside the box without looking. What tool is inside the box?

Continue until all children had a turn.

 

Snack

Little Red Hen Bread Snack (Instructions and recipe available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library)

Little Red Hen bread snack for preschool and kindergarten
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The Little Red Hen Books

The Little Red Hen The Little Red Hen The Little Red Hen The Little Red Hen
(Makes Pizza)

 

 

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