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The Little Red Hen is looking for someone to help her plant her seed - who will help? Will it be the rat, the cat or the pup?

This item was created as part of the NaturalKids Team Bountiful Farm Challenge!

This wooden play set can be used to re-tell the classic Fairy Tale of The Little Red Hen, let children act it out in their play, or even make up new and unique stories to go along with it. This set is based on the version retold by Jean Horton Berg & illustrated by Mel Pekarsky, which is my personal favorite. If you have another version with different animals (sometimes it is a goose or a pig instead of a rat), let me know and I can customize the set.

This wooden set has the names of the animals printed on one side - great for kids just learning to read! The other side has "gold stars" that the players can earn by "helping" the little red hen (shooting the marble through a hole) - great for early math skills! The set also includes elements from the story, such as the Corn Cook Book, the corn plant just starting to grow / ready to harvest, the cook-pot cook the corn / the corn all ready to eat - ideal for sequencing (what happened next?).

Ideas on how to play:
- Simply try to shoot the included marble - a "black licorice" true shooter (the real 3/4" shooting marble size) - through the openings. There are many games that kids can make up to play themselves or with a group.
- Use it like a classic marble bridge, keeping track of the points (gold stars) earned by each player or trying to break individual records.
- Take turns trying to see if you can make it through each hole in order on a single turn (if you miss one, your turn is over)
- Combine with our other marble sets and make an awesome marble golf course.
- Each player selects an animal to play, and may move that animal around on their turn as an obstacle to other players.
- Kids are creative - they can come up with much better games!

These wooden play sets are carefully handcrafted from poplar wood with details burned on and then painted with a certified AP non-toxic watercolor paint and finished with beeswax polish. Sets can be left natural if desired (with or without beeswax polish). The fronts AND backs of the figures and houses are all detailed.

The grassy bridge measures about 8 1/2 inches in length. The animals are approximately 1 1/2 inches tall (rat is slightly smaller, dog is slightly taller). All are cut from 3/4 inch wood. The marble is approximately 3/4 inch in diameter. Set comes with a cloth bag for storage. The set shown above is representative of the set you will receive; there may be minor differences due to the hand crafted process and hand mixing of the paints.

*Please allow up to 2 weeks for your set to be made.

* Caution! Choking Hazard! This set contains a marble and small parts and is not for children under the age of 3. Please supervise young children.

Wood Toy - Little Red Hen - Fairy Tale Marble Play Set - Educational Game

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wood, watercolor, beeswax polish, marble
  • Made to order
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  • Ships worldwide from United States