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FREE The Little Red Hen Puppets

Kids will love retelling the classic folktale The Little Red Hen with these super easy to set up with our FREE printable puppets.

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The Little Red Hen

We all know that children learn best when they are playing. A storytelling center is a place where learning and playing go hand in hand. Speaking and listening occurs naturally when students work together to retell a story. We’ve created some story props to encourage children to tell The Little Red Hen.

super cute little red hen activities for preschool, prek, kindergarten, and first grade students

Little Red Hen is an old folk tale with an important message. The little red hen asks her fellow farm animals for help to plant and care for some wheat. “‘Not I!’ they all respond, and so the little Red Hen does all the work herself.

No-one will help her grind the wheat or bake a loaf of bread/cake, either. However, when it comes time to eat the final product everyone wants some. Hen rightly points out you need to put in the work if you want to reap the reward. Then she eats the bread/cake herself (or shares it with her chicks in some versions of the book).

The simple story is a joy to read to young children and the ending seems to appeal to their sense of fairness.  The repetitive phrases in the book make it easy for the children to learn the story.  It is a great book for the kids for storytelling center, because it is a folk tale that is easy to remember. Many folk tales came to us through an oral storytelling tradition, so they are perfect for retelling.

Make these super cute, free printable little red hen puppets

Little Red Hen Activities

You will get the main characters that will allow children to retell the story. As the different books have variety of farm animals, we have included.

  • The Little Red Hen
  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Mouse
  • Goose
  • Pig

The mouse can double as a rat and the goose as a duck.

We have provided the puppets in full color and black and white

free printable puppets for retelling little red hen story

Little Red Hen Story

  • Print out a set of puppets and bonus sheets if you wish.
  • Laminate for durability.
  • Cut out the puppets and tape each one to a craft stick.
  • Cut apart the story strips and glue them together in sequence. (If you are using the story sequence)

Now set-up the story center with some blankets to create a cozy retelling space. Put your props in a container next to a copy of the book in the center. It will be well used and may have to be replaced, but it is worth it.

Little Red Hen

Little Red Hen

You need to read the story aloud a few times before placing it in the retell center. Here is a suggested schedule over 5 days

1: Read it straight through as you would with any story.

2: Read it again prompting the children to tell you what happens next.

3: Read it pausing at the repetitive phrases, so the children can join in.

4: Ask the class to help you retell the story with the props.

5: Place the story basket in the retell center

A retell center will really help your kids develop a love of books through play. Comprehension and language skills are the foundations of early literacy. Children develop both as they listen to stories and tell them in a creative way. Children love retelling familiar stories. So, you will find that this center quickly becomes a favorite.


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