Three Billy Goats Gruff

Three hungry Billy Goats - One hungry troll - Green pasture - Bridge - Small goat crosses - Troll says “No!” - Goat says: “Wait for my brother” - Middle goat crosses - Troll says “No!” - Goat says: “Wait for my brother” - Biggest goat crosses - Troll says “No!” - Goat says “Oh yah?” - Splash! - Good grass!


Can you build a bridge for the billy goats?


  • Small blocks, boxes or books
  • Paper, 8.5 X 11 “”, 6 sheets
  • Scissors
  • Pennies, pebbles, marbles or other small weights

Build two pillars, about 6 inches high. Then stand them 7 or 8 inches apart. These are your bridge pillars.

Fold bend or cut the paper, until you find the design that holds the most weight.

Can you explain why one way worked better than another?


Troll Painting: Fun with Symmetry


  • Construction paper, white
  • Scrap paper, assorted colors
  • Paint: tempera or acrylic
  • Paint brush or plastic spoon for each color
  • Scissors

Using the scrap paper, cut out an assortment of troll features: eyes, nose, mouth, ears, etc.

Next, fold the white construction paper in half. Then unfold.

Using a paintbrush or spoon, dribble paint on the paper, concentrating on the fold area.

Fold the paper again. Press on the paper to spread the paint. This will make your troll's head.

Now, open the paper. Add the features to the head.

After the paint dries, draw additional details.


This program has been designed for you to share with your child. Read the material together, ask questions and encourage your child to ask questions. Then nurture their curious mind by doing the activities with them. Books included are available via CPL’s digital library (with a library card).