January 2009



Three Billy Goats Gruff


Materials: overhead projector and screen construction paper, scissors, straws
Three Billy Goats
Directions: Cut shadow puppets from construction paper using the patterns from the downloaded page. Attach the billy goats and troll to straws so you can move them as you tell the story.

Click on the Downloads button in the menu to the left to get your own copy of the Three Billy Goats pattern.

    Once there were three billy goats who wanted to go up to the hillside to make themselves fat. On the way they had to cross over a bridge. Under the bridge lived a greea, ugly troll with eyes as big as saucers and a nose like a poker.
    Trip, trap, trip trap went the bridge.
    “Who’s that tripping over my bridge?” roared the troll.
    “It’s only I, the tiniest billy goat gruff.” Answered the littlest billy goat. “I’m going to the hillside to make myself fat.”
    “Grrrr! I’m coming to gobble you up,” growled the troll.
    “Oh, no, please don’t take me. I’m too little. Wait for the middle billy goat gruff He’s much bigger,” said the littles billy goat gruff.
    “Well, be off with you then,” yelled the troll.
    So the little billy goat trotted off to the hillside to eat and make himself fat.
    After a while the middle billy goat came along over the bridge….

    Finally the big billy goat gruff came along.
    TRIP, TRAP! TRIP TRAP! TRIP TRAP! went the bridge. The big billy goat gruff was so heavy that the bridge creaked and groaned under him.
    “Who’s that tripping over my bridge?” roared the troll.
    “It is I, the big billy goat gruff,” said the billy goat who had a loud and ugly voice of his own.
    “Well, I’m coming to gobble you up,” growled the troll.
    The big billy goat said, “Well come along. I’ve got two spears and I’ll poke your eyeballs out your ears. Besides, I’ve got two curling stones, and I’ll crush you to bits, body and bones!”
    The big billy goat gruff charged at the troll and poked him with his horns and threw him in the water. Then the big billy goat joined his brothers up on the hillside. There the goats got so fat that they were scarce able to walk. And if the fat hasn’t fallen off, they’re probably still fat!

And so, snip, snap snout! This tale’s told out!

Hint! The children will really enjoy acting out this story.

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