Planning a preschool “Little Red Hen” theme? Here are some ideas you can use…

1. If you’d like to use “The Little Red Hen” as an opportunity to also focus on the color Red, visit Jean Warren at the Preschool Express for a list of ways to work Red in as a parallel theme.

2. Music and Movement with “The Little Red Hen Song” 
(sing to the tune “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)

This is the way I plant the seed,
Plant the seed,
Plant the seed,
This is the way I plant the seed,
Early in the morning.

Repeat using the following verses:

This is the way I
…cut the wheat
…go to the mill
…make the dough
…bake the bread
…eat the bread
Early in the morning.

3. Put together a baking “prop box” for dramatic play. Include an apron, bread pans, a plastic mixing bowl, measuring cups and spoons.

4. Mix up some salt dough for “baking” bread.
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1-1/2 cups hot water (from tap)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil (optional)
Mix the salt and flour together, then gradually add the water until the dough becomes elastic. (Some recipes call for 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil at this point.) If your mixture turns out too sticky, add more flour. If it turns out too crumbly, add more water. Knead the dough until it’s a good consistency. The dough will keep for a few days stored in the refrigerator

5 First School has some good paper crafts, including puppets to make for acting out the story and characters for a felt board.

6. Put together another prop box with farm animals – including a hen, of course. Add blocks for more creative play.

7. Family members can think of ways to help one another then create and decorate “I Can Help” certificates as gifts.

8. Sprout some wheat seeds (use wheat grass seeds packaged for indoor cats if you can’t find the real thing) Put the seeds on top of a slightly moist paper towel in a zip lock bag and tape to a sunny window. Here’s a slide show presentation of the Little Red Hen’s wheat sprouting and growing (pretty cool!)

9. Go on an outing to a bakery or to a farm with chickens, if you’re lucky enough to have one of those nearby.

10. Starfall has a very pretty version of the story to read online

11. Don’t forget to download the antique version I shared earlier this week – beautiful illustrations (use them to make felt board characters) or print the black and white line drawings as coloring pages

12. Bake some bread together. It could be a traditional yeast bread, a quick bread like banana bread (kids love that) or the sourdough bread project we’ve got going on at our house.

13. How does your family help one another? How about the people in your neighborhood, school or church? Draw a picture together or make a collage showing how people help one another.

Be sure to visit other Thursday Thirteeners by Clicking Here

Share This:


  1. Barbara November 13, 2008
  2. Judi November 13, 2008