The Three Little Pigs

Developed by: Nosy Crow Limited


Ages 3-6

Get Ready

Prepare to use this app by using the following activities.

Take time to read the title on the app’s home screen. Ask prompts like these to activate prior knowledge of this well-known fairy tale:

  1. You may have already read other versions of The Three Little Pigs. What do you remember about the story? {After child responds} As we read, let’s notice what is the same and different about this version of The Three Little Pigs.
  2. In this story, a wolf is determined to get the three little pigs. Why would a wolf want to catch a pig?
  3. This book is in the Animal Fantasy genre, where animals do things that are similar to what humans do. As you read, pay attention to the human-like things that the animals do to make this an Animal Fantasy story.

Dive In

Let your child take the lead, but be sure to encourage your child to touch and explore the screen while reading. One unique feature of this app is the interactivity designed to engage the reader directly within the narrative. For instance, the reader could touch the screen to help the pigs build their houses and blow on the screen to assist the wolf in blowing the pigs’ houses down. The app also allows readers to tap on the characters to hear additional narration, which helps to deepen understanding of the characters and the story as a whole.

Key features of this app (varies by mode):

  1. Narration is read aloud in a child’s voice
  2. Interactive activates embedded within each page
  3. Speech bubbles provide additional narration
  4. Characters can be flicked into the air
  5. A blue dot flashes on the screen to prompt interactivity
  6. Animations on each page
  7. Tilt the screen to get a 3-D view of each page

After Reading

Summarize and Interpret 

To foster learning and encourage deep comprehension, ask questions like these about the story:

  1. What is your favorite part of the story? Let’s go back to that page/screen. Why do you love it so much?
  2. Why is the wolf able to blow down the first two pigs' homes? 
  3. Why isn’t the third pig scared when the wolf knocks on his door?
  4. How would the story be different if all the little pigs had taken the time to build a brick house?
  5. How is this version of The Three Little Pigs the same as other versions that you have read? How is this version different?
  6. This is an Animal Fantasy story. Go back to a page/screen that shows the animals doing things that a human would do.

Compare and Contrast 

To make connections across texts, read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, which tells the same story of the three little pigs from the wolf’s point of view. Discuss the two texts by focusing on the differing points of view and how point of view affects the way stories are told.

Branch Out

Use these masks to reenact key scenes from The Three Little Pigs. Encourage your child to use some of the same language heard in the app (i.e. “I’ll huff, and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!” “It was hard work, but it’s a great house!”)

  1. Print out the masks.
  2. Cut out the masks and eyes. 
  3. Glue each mask onto a popsicle stick.
  4. Pick a scene from the story and role-play, holding the appropriate mask(s).
  5. Repeat and have fun!

Adapted from: Sparkle Box