Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Read & Play: The Billy Goats Gruff

Can't see properly?
Here, let me help you with that.
*blows dust off the blog*
Hehe. It's been a while.

This is our second Read & Play,  the first being the Three Little Pigs
Any books with animals are the best for my kids at this age.

We listened to the The Billy Goats Gruff CD a month ago.
It's part of this Audio book series if your are interested.

Then, Tiger got into the whole McD's Happy Meal toy and 
I commented that his Boovs looked like trolls.
He asked, "You mean like in the Billy Goat story?"
Yup, that was my inspiration and hence the invitation to play.

He wanted to build a bridge from his Lego instead of using the wooden bridge from his train set.
So, we designed a simple one together.
We have plenty of goat miniatures, so that was easy. (Yay!)

As we read from the books, he acted out the scenes.
There was a signage that read, 'Warning Goats Beware'.
I asked him if he would like to copy and he agreed.
This is how writing and spelling is done in our house.
Never mind that it's all wonky.

 He had a blast knocking Oh off the bridge.

Then he created his own storyline where Oh fought with all the other animals in the Kingdom.

My Little Dragon?
She was just a few steps away, with more important things to learn than Trolls and Goats.
Like physics :)  

For worksheets:
We are using some from Twinkl

After I wrote this, it got me thinking about 2 things:
1.) What is the meaning of Gruff in the title?
2.) Why is '3' used so repetitively in fairy tales?

I turned to Google and it seems,
The goats' surname or family name is Gruff!
Haha, never thought of it that way before.

And "three"in fairytales are discussed at this forum.
Basically, three represents a pattern and complete form of beginning, middle and end.

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