The Three Billy Goats Gruff


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Materials Required

  1. Create a bridge using objects around the home. This might be a line of chairs, a plank of wood, a step area outside etc.
  2. The story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff
  3. Large pieces of material could be used to enhance the scene. Blue material for the water, green for the grass etc. (optional)


Set up an area to perform the story with your child

Method (or Ideas)

  1. Read, listen, watch, or tell your child the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff
  2. Assign roles. If it is just you and one child doing this experience assign one person to be the troll and one person to be the billy goats gruff – this person will change their voice and body language to transform into the different Billy Goats.
  3. Retell the story pausing for dialogue. Your child/children may need some prompts to jog their memory.

Facilitation Tips – What To Say


  • Little, Middle/Medium, Big
  • Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?
  • Trotting
  • trip, trap, trip, trap

Extend the Experience

  • Create your own costumes
  • Film your play to create your own movie
  • Illustrate the story and create your own picture book

WHO Guidelines for Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour

This experience engages children in physically as they embody the characters to cross the bridge. You can continue to encourage your child’s physical activity by moving to the next space like a billy goat.

Early Years Learning Framework


  1. Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes
  2. Children engage with a range of texts and gain meaning from these texts
  3. Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work


Principle 4: Respect for diversity. Children are born belonging to a culture, which is not only influenced by traditional practices, heritage and ancestral knowledge, but also by the experiences, values and beliefs of individual families and communities. Respecting diversity means within the curriculum valuing and reflecting the practices, values and beliefs of families.


Practice: Learning through play. Play can expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and to learn. In these ways play can promote positive dispositions towards learning. Children’s immersion in their play illustrates how play enables them to simply enjoy being.

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