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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 and use for
presentation purposes 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: Little
Red Riding Hood at BBC Beenies
Version 2: Red
Riding Hood at Gullah Tales in English and Gullah language
Version 3: Little Red Riding Hood at DLTK-kids
1. Read from 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.
Review the following topics listed on the left column
*30 Ways to Help Prevent Child Abduction:
This tips are divided in three groups: for young children,
teens and parents.
*Educating Your Children About Strangers
This is a very important document in that it really defines how
children should learn to be on the lookout for SITUATIONS or ACTIONS
from a person that suggest danger not particular
Discuss the safety tips and make one of the crafts following the
easy instructions in the links provided. Read the suggestions
below to make a puppet show.
Suggestion: Safety Tips Sheet for Parents
Print or copy and paste a list of tips for parents using the
information provided in the links above to send home with the
children and/or give to parents prior to activities.
When children take these tips home, and parents read and discuss them,
it reinforces what has been discussed at child care or preschool.
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. You may want to make Bob the Builder for
purposes of illustrating this point.
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
Children in this age group can also benefit from having this story
read to them and have some basic explanations made about how to deal
with a stranger. Children can
make an easy printable basket with nutritious dairy products 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
Fairy Tales > Lesson plan activities featuring the wolf:
Three Little Pigs
2. The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Realistic Wolf Coloring Pages: Wolf #1 |
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
Printable Crafts in color or black
and white format:
Red Riding Hood Craft
Food Basket for Grandma:
*Dairy products basket
Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
Realistic Wolf coloring pages
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