Goldilocks and the Three Bears Biscuits
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
Short or longer sentences
If your child can
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.
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
- 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?