Today children and grown ups will
enjoy a delightful versions of Little Red Riding Hood with
wonderful images, text or audio.
To make the story time and learning even more fun there are some great
teaching aids/crafts the children are sure to enjoy.
On a serious note, the Little Red Riding Hood story is an appropriate
opportunity to address a safety issue that we altogether much rather
not even think about or contemplate: child abduction; nonetheless it requires our attention to help
our children avoid the unthinkable.
We can discuss with young children how to deal with potentially
dangerous situations with strangers following some simple tips from
the experts. These tips have been put together in a manner
that children will not be frightened or stressed but ALERT to situations
and actions by strangers.
Note: Educators may want to let parents know the topic
that will be discussed and provide a safety sheet outlining the key
safety tips before hand, so parents are prepared for children's
questions. There are links below to help you with the safety
There are a number of ways to present these materials, it is a matter
of preference and what you feel best works for the age group.
1. Alternative #1: For larger groups it may work to have a
Little Red Riding Hood and wolf crafts (links in the materials column)
ready to present during the reading to use as puppets, and then
tell the children they will be making their own to play with and take
2. Alternative #2: The crafts can be made after the
reading without revealing them before hand.
3. There are enough crafts and materials for this story and
topic to divide the activities into a two day session.
Here is a suggested flow of activities:
Read the story discuss the events.
Discuss safety issues and the children will help
"reinvent" the story by applying the safety issues.
What should have Little Red Riding Hood done to avoid what
Make one craft of the characters.
Ask children to recall the events in their own words.
Make the second craft.
Review key safety issues briefly and role play with the crafts
(see DLTK´s McGruff the Crime Dog page for ideas).
Print and send the coloring page with a safety sheet for
For parents at home extend the activities for a third day by
practicing the safety tips and doing the coloring activity.
Activity 1: Online Story time:
Version 1: Read or print Little Red Riding Hood
Version 2: Red
Riding Hood @ Knowitall.org
1. Read from the screen or have a book and Little Red Riding Hood
craft and wolf for presentation.
2. Refer to flow of activities suggested #3 above.
Activity 2: Safety "Be Alert with Situations and
Actions of Strangers" - Character Craft
Here are three different links with professional safety tips to avoid
child abduction to discuss with young children. There also tips
for teens and parents. There is no doubt that these
agencies have enough experience with this issue to rely on their
research for putting together these tips.
FBI Safety Tips - Abduction
You may have to adjust these slightly since they are designed for
grades K to 5.
with McGruff the Crime Dog at DLTK
Puppet Show with Crafts:
Leanne at DLTK
has put together a sensible and practical article as well as a fun
activity on how to present this topic. Using the Little Red
Riding Hood and wolf craft make a puppet show as she suggests.
It is extremely important to stress that not all dangerous
strangers look as the menacing WOLF, they can be anyone, like
Bob the Builder.
Take Home Activity: Little
Red Riding Hood Coloring Pages
Print your choice of coloring pages to send home to reinforce the message and
open up discussion at home about the topic.
Nutrition Theme: A Nutritious Food Basket for Little Red Riding
For children under four years old:
Dairy Products Basket | Fruit
Basket Craft | Vegetables
make an easy printable basket with nutritious dairy products, fruits or vegetables
such as the one that
Little Red Riding Hood was taking to Grandma.
Animals > Mammals > Endangered > Wolf
Skills: Science, Social Studies, Problem Solving
There is a lot negative myths associated to the wolf because of the
way it has been portrayed in folk and fairy tales such as Little Red
Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and others. The gray wolf is endangered.
Alphabet > W is for Wolf
lesson plan printable activities
Fairy Tales and Fables > Lesson plan activities featuring the wolf:
Three Little Pigs
2. The Shepherd
Boy and the Wolf
Sheep in Wolf's Clothing
The tips need to be reviewed sporadically with the children to keep
them fresh in their mind.
Our heartfelt thanks to Leanne at DLTK
for her contribution of the online story, wonderful crafts and
coloring page that will help us all deliver this important safety
Red Riding Hood craft
Food Basket for Grandma:
Dairy products basket craft
Fruit basket craft
Vegetable basket craft
Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
Letter W Wolf printable activities
Wolf coloring pages