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Not So Lazy Days: Little Red Riding Puppet, part 2

Updated on September 1, 2011
The wolf greets Little Red Riding Hood in the woods.
The wolf greets Little Red Riding Hood in the woods. | Source

Arts & Crafts

It was showtime for the puppets made on Tuesday, but the boys were a little concerned about their lines. So, I agreed to narrate by reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

Actually, they did two performances, using two different versions.

We used the coffee table as a stage and placed a thin blanket over it. The boys got on one side with their puppets, while Daddy and I watched from the the other side.

First, they did the short version, a poem titled "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf," by Roald Dahl. They moved their little puppets around to interact with the story, but realized this version didn't have the huntsman. That's when they decided we needed to go for the long version.

We went to the Brothers Grimm's tale, "Little Red Cap," but I always change "Cap" to "Hood" when reading to the boys.

For this version, the boys were much more enthusiastic with their sounds events of gobbling and snoring. Even though the little one was the title character, both grunted the wolf's replies to the famous questions:

"Oh Grandmother, what big ears you have!"

"The better to hear you with."

"Oh, Grandmother, what big eyes you have!"

"The better to see you with."

"Oh, Grandmother, what big hands you have!"

"The better to grab you with!"

"Oh, Grandmother, what a big, scary mouth you have!"

"The better to eat you with!"

At the end of both performances, the oldest made sure each puppet bowed to the audience of two. Okay, one-and-a-half, since I was sort of participating in the show.

Note: Both stories are in The Classic Fairy Tales (Norton Critical Edition). This is probably a book only an English major, like I once was, would have in their personal collection. As you can see above, it is available through

About the Not So Lazy Days series

I've challenged myself to find a new activity to do five days a week every week of the kids' summer vacation. Activities will fall under one of three categories: Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games or Field Trips. Follow me on Twitter @readallaboutsam for immediate updates on posts!


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