Animated stories for young children


These two animated traditional stories are ideal for sharing with the younger members of your family.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

This Norwegian folk tale tells the story of three goats who, after the winter, need to get to some fresh green grass on the mountains on the other side of a river. But to do so, they need to cross a bridge and a nasty troll tries to prevent them from crossing...

  • Talk about the story and what happens
  • Compare the sizes of the goats - use words like small, middle-sized and large. What other stories do they know that have three animals as characters?
  • Find Norway on a map, talk about what it might be like there. 


The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes, by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Anderson, was first published in 1837. It tells the tale of an Emperor who asks two swindling tailors to make him a suit of clothes. It introduces the idea that vanity can be foolish...

  • Talk about the story - Was anything surprising? What really happened?
  • What do you think about the charactor of the Emperor?
  • Was it a good story? Why? Which bits did you like?


Print off two worksheets that go with these two stories. Each one has a selection of images for you to print and cut up.

Jumble the pictures up and get your child to put them into the right order again, or use them to retell the story together in your own words.


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