The little red house is a fun activity for home schoolers, pre-schoolers, or any parent wanting to encourage creative thinking, and enjoy nature at home. To help them examine it. Study it. Appreciate it. To slow down, to notice the world around us, reflect on it, look at its intricacies and complexities, noticing the little details and the beauty in even the simple things.
Here's to showing appreciation for the small things, having a positive "I can" attitude.
Before you can tell your story, you’ll need:
- a large red apple
- a sharp knife
This is a beautiful old folktale which we have heard retold many times. The original author is unknown.
Once upon a time there was a young boy who played all day long. He had played with all of his toys and had played all the games he knew, and couldn't think of anything else to do. He asked his mother, “Mama, what can I do now?” His mother, who was full of wonderful ideas, told him, “I know about a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside. You can find it if you go look for it".
The boy’s eyes grew wide with wonder. “Which way shall I go?” he asked. “How can I find the little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?”
“Go down the lane, past the farmer’s house, and over the hill,” said his mother. “Come back as soon as you can and tell me all about your journey.”
So, the boy started down the lane. He hadn’t walked very far, when he came to a girl who was dancing and singing in the sunshine. “Do you know where I can find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?” asked the boy.
The little girl wondered and said, “No. I don’t know. But why don’t you ask my daddy. He’s a farmer and he might know. He's down at the barn and maybe he can help you.”
The boy walked on until he came to a big red barn. The farmer was standing in the doorway looking out over his green paddocks. “Do you know where I can find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?” asked the boy.
The farmer laughed and said, “I’ve lived a long time and I have never seen one. But ask Granny who lives on the hill. She knows how to make toffee, hedgehog slice, and mittens. Perhaps she can help you.”
Again, the boy walked on until he saw Granny sitting in the garden among the pretty flowers. “Hello Granny,” said the little boy, “Do you know where I can find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?”
Granny was knitting with the sun warming her face, and when she heard the boy’s question she chuckled softly. “I would like to find that little house myself,” she said. "Perhaps you should ask the wind, because the wind goes everywhere and I’m sure it can help you.”
The little boy waved goodbye to Granny and walked on. He felt the wind gently at his back and he called out, “Wind! Do you know where I can find a little red house with no doors and no windows and a star inside?”
The wind replied, “OHHHHH! WHOOOOOOOO!” and it sounded to the little boy like the wind said, "Come with me". So he ran after the wind through a grassy field and into an orchard. The wind blew at the top of an apple tree and gently shook a large, shiny red apple to the ground. The boy picked up the apple. It was so big that it took both of his hands to hold it. He ran all the way home to his mother, holding tightly to the apple.
“Look Mama!" he called as he entered his house. “I found it! I found the little red house with no doors and no windows! But I cannot see the star.”
Mother took the apple (reveal your apple)
and very carefully sliced it in half (cut the apple horizontally).
“Oh, now I see!” exclaimed the happy little boy.
"Do you?" (Show your children the star inside the apple.)