Goldilocks and the Three Bears Biscuits

Catharine made packets of biscuits to give to parents attending a CICS parents information day. She put together some ideas for developing listening and spoken language development with the biscuits. 

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First sounds for meaning (symbolic sounds)

Before you get home re-tie the string in a knot your child won’t be able to undo without help.

  • Keep the packet hidden, and let your child hear the bag crinkling in your pocket or bag. Draw their attention to the sound, and allow them time to work out where the sound is coming from.
  • Look in your bag / pocket, pretending to be surprised to see the bears / Goldilocks hiding in there. Say ‘Hello!’ to the bears.
  • Encourage your child to say ‘Hello’. When s/he says ‘Hello’ take the bears out. Wait for your child to have a problem opening the bag.
  • Say ‘Oh oh’ in a tuneful voice, so your child can copy, using his or her voice to indicate there’s a problem. Then you can help to cut off the string.
  • Try some of the next stage ideas, then encourage your child to enjoy the biscuits, saying mmm, and yum, yum, yum.

First Words & linking first words

You can use some of the ideas above. Name the bears, Mummy, Daddy and Baby, and encourage your child to name them too.

Try two words together, Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear.

You can introduce or recall some elements of the story, for example, Baby Bear might say ‘All gone!’ or Mummy Bear can say ‘Oh! Don’t cry’ and give Baby Bear a cuddle.

Daddy bear might say ‘Naughty girl” and Goldilocks can say ‘Go away’ to Daddy Bear. If your child knows the story, use the biscuits to act it out with him / her.

Short or longer sentences

If your child can knows the story (either at a really simple or an elaborate level) join them in retelling the story using different voices.

Use a deep voice for Daddy Bear, an ordinary voice for Mummy Bear, a squeaky voice for Baby Bear and perhaps a funny voice for Goldilocks.

Speaking in different types of voice is good fun, but it’s also very good for listening and speech production skills.

More mature language

If your child has more mature language then you might like to discuss this philosophical question:

  • Was Daddy Bear was right to be angry with Goldilocks?

Or, to develop your child’s skills in theory of mind:

  • Did Goldilocks realise that her behaviour would upset the Bear Family? If she did know that Baby Bear would be upset, then why didn’t she stop and go home? If she didn’t know that Baby Bear would be upset, why didn’t she know?