Everybody knows the stories of Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. But do you the story of the Seven Young Kids (or Little Goats), who were similarly tricked? As you can read on the very informative site Ancient Origins, stories about the Big Bad Wolf have a centuries-old history. Shadow puppets are a great tool for telling these ancient stories, as it is as easy to devour human beings as it and to open the wolf’s stomach to get them all out again.
In this blog post you can find links to original texts of the three stories. Templates for puppets can be downloaded from our Printable Library.
- Printable library of puppets that can be downloaded (previously available on my author’s site)
- Shadow puppetry (instructions how to make puppets and screens)
- Performance of 7-9 year olds of the Three Little Pigs (YouTube) using templates from our Printable Library
The following puppets can downloaded from our Printable Library:
- Wolf with opening stomach
- Wolf’s disguises (Grandma’s nightgown; 3 different hats for Three Little Pigs; white paw for Seven Little Goats)
Little Red Riding Rood
- Original text of “Little Red Cap” by the Brothers Grimm (English translation).
Three Little Pigs
- Three little pigs
- Mother pig with cooking pot
- Man with bricks, and two different hats
- Wolf disguised as men: three hats (see Wolf Disguises)
Seven Young Kids (Little Goats)
- Mother goat
- Little goats 1-2-3
- Little goats 4-5-6-7
- Clock and door with mail slot
- Wolf disguised as mother goat: paw covered in white flour (see Wolf Disguises)
Smaller wolf: Peter and the Wolf
A musical fairy tale involving a wolf is Sergei Prokovief’s Peter and the Wolf. For this story are printables available with a smaller size wolf than the one used above. This wolf is featured in an instructional video below.
- Animate Peter and the Wolf at home with Profile Silhouettes
- How to make a puppet rods with duct or painters tape (instructional video featuring wolf)