“Who’s that tripping over my bridge?” I’ve been hearing that question over and over from my son after exploring The Three Billy Goats Gruff story this month. After reading the story, we came up with a creative sensory activity bin to compliment the book.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff Story and Sensory Activity
There are many illustrated versions of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We found our favorite to be by Stephen Carpenter. It’s a Harper Growing Tree book tailored to young readers. In fact, this title was recommended for ages 2 1/2 and up (Perfect for us!). The length was great for toddlers, but would also work for preschoolers and beginning readers.
Here’s a look at what we did next!
Literacy Extension Activity: Sensory Activity Bin to Extend the Story
We created a sensory activity bin to help with story retelling. I really love this tool to help build comprehension and work on language development.
Our sensory activity bin included:
printouts of the goats and trolls acquired free from twinkl (Just type in Billy Goats Gruff in the search bar for lots of printable options.)
green Easter grass (Shredded green paper or real grass clippings would also work.)
crumpled brown paper bags
blue tissue paper river (Blue cellophane or wrapping paper would also work.)
artificial flowers (The book references Daisy flowers if you want to get exact!)
bridge (We borrowed one from our train set.)
troll (We made this with an old child’s sock stuffed with a paper lunch bag and decorated.)
That’s it. Set it up and invite the kids to play!
Looking for more Three Billy Goats Gruff ideas? Check out these posts.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff Play Idea
The Three Billy Goats Lego Retelling
The Three Billy Goats Gruff Books (classics and variations)
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I was inspired by your post to read this story to my 2 year old. Not sure it’s a favorite yet. He was very unsure about the trolls.
Jackie Higgins says
My boys LOVE that story. Maybe all that trip-tropping loudness fits well with the nature of a boy 🙂 After we read that tale, we took a hike a powder valley conservation center (in STL) because they have some bridges. The boys loved pretending to be the goats and the bridges there are low enough they could sometimes hop down and be the troll.
I featured your sensory bin on mom’s library on Ready-Set-Read today.
The Growing Mum says
My daughter loves this book. I’m sure she would enjoy this sensory box. Thanks for this great idea!
I hope you have lots of fun with the sensory box!
What an amazing sensory bin to bring this classic storybook to life! This storybook has always been a favorite in our household since the kids were very young. When I would read the story my hubby would stomp upstairs and say the parts of the troll 🙂
Jill that is so neat!
What a great way to bring the book to life!
I love this bin. Books and bins are so much fun. Please come share today at my sensory play linky when you have time!
Barbara Mojica says
I love The Three Billy Goats Gruff Sensory Bin. I used this book when I taught kindergarten. We made stick puppets to act it out, but your idea is so much better! Thanks for sharing.
Barbara, I love the use of puppets too. They are another great resource for doing retellings. Thanks for sharing!