Little Red Hen Craft

This month for the Virtual Book Club for Kids we’re reading books by Paul Galdone. You can find many activities to go along with his books in our collection of folk tale activities.

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Little Red Hen Craft

Little Red Hen Craft...simple shape craft for preschoolers

We decided to revisit a favorite story and a little red hen craft that we made during our farm theme last year.

The Little Red Hen

After reading the story a couple of times and practicing retelling it, we set up materials to explore shapes and make our own little red hens.

On the surface shape crafts can seem very basic, but there are many opportunities for learning and even creativity. I shared more about the skills we practice and the step-by-step process we use for doing shape crafts in previous posts.

Our finished hens looked something like this. Although each of the kids put their own unique twist on the craft.

Hen Craft

You can draw the shapes freehand on your own, or I made a very simple free printable in both color and black and white. You can access them by clicking on the links below.

**Little Red Hen Craft Free Printable Template-Black and White or Color**

More Ideas for Using the Free Printable

In addition to using the printable to make the hen craft, you could also print them on magnetic sheets and create your own magnet set. Kids could have fun developing all sorts of creations with their pieces. You could also use the pieces for sorting by color.

Now that we’ve shared our activity with you, we’re excited to see what you came up with! Please link up your Paul Galdone inspired posts to the blog hop linky below. 

There are a few rules for this blog hop that we ask you to follow, so make sure to read them:
  1. Link up only posts inspired by Paul Galdone’s  books that share book inspired crafts, activities, recipes, etc. Any other posts will be deleted.
  2. Visit other blog posts on the linky and comment on or share the ones you love!

Virtual Book Club for Kids

Stop by and check out some of the other blogs that participate in The Virtual Book Club for Kids.

Toddler Approved– The Educators’ Spin On It– Rainy Day Mum– 3 Dinosaurs– Learn~Play~Imagine – Crafty Moms Share – Reading ConfettiInspiration Laboratories – Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas – Kids Yoga Stories – Enchanted Homeschooling Mom– Ready-Set-Read – Boy Mama Teacher Mama – PlayDrMom – Fantastic Fun and Learning – Growing Book by Book– Royal Baloo – The Outlaw Mom® Blog – Kitchen Counter Chronicles – Teach Preschool – Mama Smiles – Coffe Cups and Crayons – Juggling With Kids – Here Come the Girls

If you are looking for more book-related activities to try now, check out the Virtual Book Club for Kids Pinterest Board.

Looking Ahead to Future Virtual Book Club Authors

Below is the author list for the upcoming year.  Mark your calendars so you can join in and read along with us! Virtual Book Club Author List for 2013-2014 Pinnable image photo credit: tiverylucky via This post has been shared at some of these fantastic link parties.

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  1. Little Red Hen by Galdone is one of our favorite stories!

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