Fairy Tale Little Red Riding Hood: Fingerplay

Little Red Riding Hood
Words and Actions by CK Emanuel

Mother said listen, and listen well.
CUP EAR
“Go through the wood with all due haste!
MOVE ARMS AS IF RUNNING
Do not dawdle to smell or taste;
TOUCH NOSE ,THEN LIPS
Do not to speak to those unknown;
SHAKE HEAD ‘NO’ AS OPENS AND CLOSES 1 HAND LIKE MOUTH
Go straight to grandmother who’s sick and alone.”
TOUCH STOMACH

Taking a basket of all sorts of treats,
RUB BELLY
the young girl put on her dashing red hood,
PRETEND TO PULL UP HOOD
and promised to be exceptionally good.
MAKE A CROSS OVER HEART
But from the wooded path, she did to stray
SHAKE HEAD ‘NO’
to pick some flowers and  enjoy the day.
PRETEND TO PICK FLOWERS

There she met a furry stranger,
RUB ARM
and told him of her sick grandmother.
TOUCH STOMACH
Then she took one path, he another.
HOLD UP 1 FINGER, THEN 2
She was walked slow, while he ran quick,
MOVE ARMS SLOWLY, THEN FAST AS IF RUNNING
and was soon in place for a dastardly trick.
MAKE A MEAN FACE

Upon entering her sick grandmother’s house,
PUT FINGERTIPS TOGETHER TO MAKE A “HOUSE”
the girl was surprised by the figure in bed.
PALMS TOGETHER WITH HANDS TOUCHING CHEEK
And, while grandma’s cap was on top of its head,
TOUCH THE TOP OF HEAD
the ears were too big, the eyes were, too
POINT TO EARS THEN TO EYES
and with the size of the teeth, the young girl knew
PUT INDEX FINGERS ON EITHER SIDE OF MOUTH LIKE ‘FANGS’

It was the wolf!
MAKE CLAWS


Participation Age Range: 3 to 8 years

Skills Utilized/Reinforced: Fine motor, Directionality, Knowledge of Traditional Fairy Tales, Concept of Stranger Danger, Vocabulary Building

Possible Modifications: Use as a felt/flannel board story

Themes: Wolf, Mammals, Carnivores, Fairy Tales, Color Red, Health/Sickness, Listening to Mom and Dad, Stranger Danger, Trick

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