Ioan has been learning about fairy tales at school. When Finn heard that they had made Baby Bear’s chair out of Lego, he was very impressed! I promised Finn he could build beds for the 3 Bears. We used different sized bricks for each bear, to work on fine motor skills.


  • Mega Bloks for Daddy Bear
  • Duplo for Mummy Bear
  • Lego for Baby Bear
  • Puppets of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
  • Book of ‘Goldilocks and the 3 bears’


Step 1: We read the story of ‘Goldilocks and the 3 Bears’. We talked about why Goldilocks made the choices that she did and Finn described how the 3 bears would have felt when they arrived home. He also imagined how Goldilocks would have felt, waking up to see the 3 bears. He thought, “Goldilocks might be very scared that they will eat her. She doesn’t know they are friendly. She could be sad that she broke their things and say sorry.”

Step 2: Finn retold the story to Cian, using the finger puppets.

Step 3: Finn lay the puppets down next to each set of bricks, to see how big their beds needed to be.

Step 4: He used the Mega Bloks to build Daddy Bear’s bed. Once he was happy with his bed he tucked Daddy Bear in and kissed him goodnight.

Step 5: He built Mummy Bear’s bed out of Duplo.

Step 6: Making Baby Bear’s bed out of Lego proved more challenging. The Mega Bloks and Duplo were easy to handle, but it was interesting watching his deep concentration as he worked with the Lego. He even stopped chattering and that is incredibly rare!

Step 7: When Ioan returned from school he was keen to write labels for each of the beds. He loves phonics, so easily sounded out the words for ‘too soft’ and ‘too hard’ and asked whether it was ‘right’ like ‘night’.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Communication and language

ELG 01 – Listening and attention:

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

ELG 02 – Understanding:

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

ELG 03 – Speaking:

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively.

Personal, social and emotional development

ELG 07 – Managing feelings and behaviour:

Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable.