The Little Red Hen is a story which lends itself well to many fun activities. Grinding grain, making bread, and acting out different animal movements and sounds are all great ways to work on fine and large motor skills as well as communicating together and enjoying each other.
One of the activities that we did while studying The Little Red Hen, was to create a flannel board based on the story. I used the animal pictures in our Draw Write Now, Book 1 to create patterns, which my child and I cut out together. Although you could find heavy felt at a craft store, I was also able to find it at a local Dollar Tree. Their light weight felt won't work for every project, but it was fine for this one.
We then had fun acting out the story. The best way to finish up a day or a unit on The Little Red Hen would be to bake a loaf of bread. Young children love the sensory experience of kneading and shaping bread dough.
All of these experiences with your young child are building a strong developmental foundation, and as you spend the time with them, you assure them of how precious they are to you.
You are a great parent!