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Adapting Three Little Pigs for a Learner Who Is Deafblind

Tactile image of pig

I adapted The Three Little Pigs for a 16-year-old student who is deafblind, and functioning at the preschool level.  My goal was to simplify it and tell it with more of a teen perspective.



  • Poster board, as I didn’t have any cereal boxes to cut out from my recyclables this time.  The top right-hand corner of each page has been cut out so that my student will be able to identify and orient the top of the page.   
  • Cutouts from a cardboard box
  • Felt
  • Fur
  • Beads
  • Rubber bands
  • Sticks
  • Rocks
  • Grass

I used household items to help bring the concept of wolf, pig, straw, sticks, bricks, etc., come to life.  I got poster board as it is stronger than paper, and easier to cut than cardboard.  Instead of rings to bind the book pages, I used coated wire to enable easier page turns.  The student does shake books sometimes, so I want the book to be somewhat strong. I will include print and braille on all pages.



I decided to adapt the concept from three pigs to one pig.  I believe that this book will be motivating to the student because it is something we will be creating together.  I started by letting the student gather some supplies outside. For example, sticks by the tree (let touch); rocks by rock area; tall grass by bushes.  I also put a rock by the school building to help describe brick.   In addition, it happened to be windy, so it was an excellent opportunity to describe wind and mimic the concept by blowing to the student.   I am hoping that drawing on the student’s love of nature and creating a personal connection to the book will motivate the student to learn and have fun at the same time. I hope that by using familiar objects in conjunction with the braille will make learning meaningful for my student.
One little pig

Pig needs new house
Pig built straw house
Wolf blew the straw house down
Pig built a stick house
Wolf blew the stick house down
Pig built a brick house
Wolf can't blow down brick house
Wolf felt water and went back up
Pig lived happily ever after
I will be tactile signing to the student and acting the story out while we read and experience the book together.  

Pinterest collage of pig


adapting Three Little Pigs

Posted by Dawn Wilkinson

possible article for book??

Posted by Sherry Norfolk

Posted on September 27, 2016
Updated on: February 18, 2022

Previous comments for Adapting Three Little Pigs for a Learner Who Is Deafblind

Betty Braun commented on January 3, 2017
Dear Sherry,
Sounds good to me.  Thanks for all the work, involved in getting that special book published.
Most sincerely,
Sherry Norfolk commented on January 2, 2017

I'm developing a book for Libraries Unlimited publishers titled Storytelling Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Children with Special Needs. We'd love to include your essay about your adaptation of The Three Pigs! No money is involved, but you would receive a free copy of the book.
Interested? Please contact me to discuss!

Dawn Wilkinson commented on September 28, 2016

These are great strategies for building a tactile book, and most importantly, doing it together. It is great that the student went outside to find sticks, and touching a real brick building or using hay for straw would also work here. You may have done this as well, but I wanted to make sure that 3-d objects were included in this post. For example, using a stuffed animal pig, perhaps making a brick house with toy building bricks, the stick house with popsicle sticks, etc as a prerequisite to creating the tactile collage. Having the 3-d experience is so vital for a child to understand the 2 dimensional tactile representation on paper. Thanks again for these great ideas!