Fairy Tales for Kids: The Three Little Pigs Short Story

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There are many versions of The Three Little Pigs short story, but each one brings its own twist to the classic fable. This story became popular in the mid 19th century, and now it is one of the most popular children’s stories in the English language.

Our version of The Three Little Pigs has been simplified for young children. We have tried to use simple words and kept the verbs tenses to simple present and present continuous. We hope this will allow early readers to practice reading stories that they already love. 

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The Three Little Pigs

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In a small forest lives three pigs. 
They are brothers.

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“It is getting cold,” says the first pig.
“We need houses,” says the third pig.
“You are right,” says the second pig.

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“What will you make your house out of?” asks the third pig.
The first pig says, “I will make it out of straw because it is light.”
The first pig is very lazy.

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The second pig says, “I will make it out of wood because it is easy to find.”
The second pig is also a little lazy.

What will you make your house out of brother?
“I will make my house out of stone,” says the third pig.

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“Stone!” exclaims the first pig, “but that’s so heavy!”
 “Stone!” exclaims the second pig, “but that’s so hard to find!”
“Stone is the strongest, so I will make my house out of it,” replies the third pig.

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After one day, the first pig finishes his house and starts to play.
After five days, the second pig finishes his house and plays with the first pig.
After twenty days, the third pig finishes his house and joins his brothers.

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One day, the Big Bad Wolf comes to the small forest.
He is very scary and very hungry.

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The pigs are outside playing when they see the Big Bad Wolf.
They quickly run inside their houses.
Inside they hide and wait.

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First, the Big Bad Wolf comes up to the first house made of straw.
“Little pig, little pig, let me in,” yells the wolf.
“No, no, no, not by the hairs on my chinny chin chin,” replies the first pig.
“Then, I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down!”

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The wolf blows and blows and blows. 
The house of straw falls.

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The wolf sees the first pig and tries to eat him.
But he is too slow.
The first pig runs and hides in his brother’s house. 

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Next, the Big Bad Wolf comes up to the second house made of wood.
“Little pigs, little pigs, let me in,” yells the wolf.
“No, no, no, not by the hairs on our chinny chin chin,” replies the first and second pig.
“Then, I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down!” says the wolf.

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The wolf blows and blows and blows. 
The house of wood falls.

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The wolf sees the first and second pig and tries to eat them.
But he is too slow.
The first and second pig run and hide in their brother’s house. 

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Finally, the Big Bad Wolf comes up to the third house made of stone.
“Little pigs, little pigs, let me in,” yells the wolf.
“No, no, no, not by the hairs on our chinny chin chin,” replies the first, second, and third pig.
“Then, I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house down!” says the wolf.

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The wolf huffs and puffs and huffs some more.
But the house does not fall down.

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The wolf is so tired that he falls asleep.
The three pigs come out of the house.
They grab the wolf and throw him into the river.
The wolf floats away, and they never see him again.

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“Thank you so much brother,” says the first and second pig.
“Your house of stone is the strongest.”
“Will you help us build our own?” they ask.

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“Of course brothers, I will help you both,” replies the third pig.
After a lot of work, all three pigs have strong, stone houses.
They all lived happily ever after.

Other Fairy Tales by The Learner’s Nook

There are never too many stories for you and your young ones to read together. Encourage their love of reading by checking out our other fairy tales specifically written to help children improve their English-reading skills.

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The Three Little Pigs Short Story Vocabulary List

This list of words are all vocabulary that can be found in our story. Click on a word to be taken to its definition.

Forest

Pig

Brother

Cold

First

Second

Third

House

Straw

Light

Lazy

Wood

Easy

Hard

Stone

Scary

Hungry

Quickly

Hair

Chin

River

Never

Work

Strong

Verb List

Just as with our vocabulary list, our verb list can also be clicked on to see that verb’s definition.

To Live

To Be (is/am/are)

To Get

To Say

To Need

Will

To Make

To Ask

To Exclaim

To Find

To Reply

To Finish

To Start

To Play

To Join

To Come

To See

To Run

To Hide

To Wait

To Let

To Yell

To Huff

To Puff

To Blow

To Try

To Fall

To Throw

To Float

To Thank

To Build

To Help

To Have

What Topics Can I Teach With This Story?

First, Second, Third

Children often have trouble with these words and need to practice them a lot. Play games, any games, and have your child become familiar with first, second, and third.

If there is no one to play against, then set up some marble races. Your child can guess which marble will come first, second, or third. 

Adjectives

The story of the Three Little Pigs involves a lot of adjectives. The most important are the three little pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. However, we also see adjectives like lazy, strong, hungry, and scary.

Adjectives always lend themselves to drawing exercises. Can you draw a big wolf? Can you draw a small wolf? Can you draw a strong house? Can you draw a weak house? Have your child show their mastery of basic adjectives and reinforce that knowledge with drawing games.

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Activity Ideas for the Three Little Pigs

Build Some Houses

It’s never too early to get your child interested in STEM. Help your child get interested in engineering by having them build their own mini houses. You can use (plastic) straws, Lego, or whatever you have around the house.

For older children, you can do some fun tests like who can make the tallest house or the strongest house. While doing this, you can teach your child materials like wood, plastic, paper. As well they can practice verbs like stack, build, and glue.

Be the Big Bad Wolf

Learn about the science of breath and air pressure. What can your child blow over with their breath alone? Can they use a paper funnel to make their breath stronger?

Answer these questions and more with fun science experiments designed to learn about air pressure.

More About Fairy Tales

We hope you have enjoyed our re-telling of The Three Little Pigs. If you have any questions, please let us know by commenting on this post or by clicking on the image below.

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