Preschool Pig Theme

Book List

A Treeful of Pigs - Arnold Lobel

Babe: A Pig for All Seasons - Chris Moroney

Charlotte's Web: Special Read-Along Edition - E. B. White

Humphrey the Dancing Pig - Arthur Getz

If You Give a Pig a Pancake - Laura Numeroff

Pig Pig Grows Up - David McPhail

Piggies - Audrey Wood & Don Wood

Pigs - Robert Munch Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore - David McPhail
Pigs In the Mud in the Middle of the Rud - Lynn Plourde & John Schoenherr
Pigsty - Mark Teague
Tales of Oliver Pig - Jean Van Leeuwen
The Great Pig Escape - Eileen Christelow
The Pig in the Pond - Martin Waddell
The Porky Pig Counting Book, a Golden Shape Book
The Three Little Pigs: A Classic Fairy Tale - Agnes Mathieu

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig - Eugene Trivizas & Helen Oxenbury

Those Can Do Pigs - David McPhail

Songs & Fingerplays

This Little Pig - rhyme

This little pig went to the market.
This little pig stayed home.
This little pig had roast beef.
This little pig had none.
And this little pig went
Wee, wee, wee, wee, all the way home.

Two Mother Pigs - flannelboard

You will need two mother pigs and eight babies.

Two mother pigs lived in a pen,
Each had four babies, and that made ten.
These four babies were back as night,
These four babies were back and white.
But all eight babies loved to play
And they rolled and rolled in the mud all day.
At night, with their mother, they curled up in a heap
And squealed and squealed till they went to sleep
(Add flannel pieces as you read)

To Market, To Market - rhyme

To market, to market to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety jig.
To market, to market to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety jog.
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun
Home again, home again, market is done.

The Three Little Pigs - story

Have children make pig mask from paper plates during art time and then have the children to act out the story while you read the book.

Barber, Barber - poem

Barber, Barber
Shave a pig.
How many hairs to make a wig?
Four and twenty; that’s enough.
Give the barber a pinch of snuff.

This Little Pig - fingerplay

This little pig went to the market.
This little pig stayed home.
This little pig had roast beef.
This little pig had none.
And this little pig went
Wee, wee, wee, wee, all the way home.
(Hold up a finger for each pig, starting with the thumb.)

If A Pig Wore A Wig - rhyme

If a pig wore a wig,
What could he say?
Treat him as a gentleman,
And say “Good day.”
If his tail chanced to fail,
What could we do?
Send him to the tailoress
To get one new.

Five Little Pigs - fingerplay

The first little pig danced a merry, merry jig.
The second little pig ate candy.
The third little pig wore a blue and yellow wig.
The fourth little pig was dandy.
The fifth little pig never grew very big.
So they called him Tiny Little Andy.
(Hold up a finger for each pig, starting with the thumb.)

Five Little Pigs - rhyme

Let us go to the woods, said this little pig (hold up thumb)
What to do there? Says that little pig (hold up first finger)
To look for my mother, said this little pig (hold up tall finger)
What to do with her? Says that little pig (hold up ring finger)
Give her a kiss, says this little pig (hold up little finger)

Tom, Tom, The Pipers’ Son

Tom, tom the piper’s son,
Stole a pig and away he run;
The pig was eat
And Tom was beat,
And tom went howling down the street.

Arts & Crafts

Easel Painting

Easel paint with pink tempera paint. Let the children paint pigs if they wish.

Pink Play Dough

Make pink play dough. Let the children use the play dough to make pink pigs.

Paper Plate Pig

Have the children cut out two ears and glue onto the top of a paper plate. They can draw on eyes and nose and color if desired.

Circle Pig

Have the children cut out different size circles to make a pig face. Let them color on ears and a face.

Paper Plate Wolf Have the children cut two ears out of brown paper. Then cut a nose and a mouth out of pink paper and glue on a paper plate. Draw on eyes. The plate can be colored if desired.

Pigs in Mud (art activity)

Small white paper plate
Brown finger paint
Small pink pig shapes

Fingerpaint with brown paint on paper plate to make the "mud puddle" When dry, glue pig shapes onto your puddle.

~Submitted by Kathie in Massachusetts

In The Kitchen

Ham Sandwiches

Give the children bread, ham, mayo or mustard and let them make their own sandwiches.


Cook and eat some bacon. Discuss what part of the pig bacon comes from.

Pig in a Blanket

Use canned biscuits, let each child flatten a biscuit and wrap around a hot dog. Bake and enjoy.

Pork Chops

Discuss what part of the pig pork chops come from. If possible, fix pork chops for the children to sample.

Apple Pigs

Using raisins and toothpicks, let children create a face for a pig by attaching them to an apple with toothpicks.

Theme Ideas

Here are some suggestions of materials that can be placed in the learning centers in addition to your regular materials when doing a Pig theme.

Stuffed toy pigs.
Books about pigs.
Table activities like file folder games.
Plastic pigs
Puppet: pig snouts, mask made at art time.
Science: pig butcher chart, pictures of different types of pigs, plastic pigs, dirt and water in the sand and water table, brown gooey mixture for mud!
Make matching number pigs.
Make matching color pigs
Pig and matching mud puddle (dot to dot numerals)
Pigs and pig pen.
Visit the library and check out pig books
Dress “pink” this week.
Discuss the color pink with the children.
Look for pink items around the house.
Make cupcakes with pink icing.
Prepare some type of pork for lunch one day.
If you know of anyone who has a pig, take the children to see it.
Go to your local petting zoo.

~Submitted by Sherry from Ontario


National Pig Day - Wikipedia
Pig Theme and Activities - Child Care Lounge
Pigs - Enchanted Learning
Preschool Pigs Theme - Everything Preschool
Pig Theme - First-School
Pig Theme Activities for Preschool - Kidsparkz

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