Creating conversation about healthy communication and asking for help

"I shall do it myself!"

The Little Red Hen's mantra of 'doing it herself' has served her well so far.

But when she receives news of an unexpected visitor, the Little Red Hen has a series of unfortunate events that lead to her worst cooking disaster ever and she realises that perhaps she can ask for help. 

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MORE ABOUT 'THE Cooking disaster'

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“This problem's MY problem ...

MY problem to solve.

'Red Hen' bakery is laden with ribbon's and trophy's, but the Little Red Hen is exhausted! With long days baking, serving and cleaning, the Little Red Hen could do with some help ... but she wont ask. 

When a newspaper journalist announces a surprise visit to Red Hen's, the Little Red Hen plans to impress. But things don't go as planned and the Little Red Hen quickly discovers the value of asking for help. 

'Cooking Disaster!' is a hilarious story with laugh out loud illustrations. It will help you get started naturally on a great conversation about healthy communication and asking for help


Story Extras

Chat more about communication and asking for help by:

READING Red Hen's Fairytale Journal (beware spoiler alert!)



DISCUSSING Questions to keep the conversation going

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Check out our resources and tools section for general tips for getting more out of conversations with your kids. 



READ:  The Little Red Hen's Fairytale Journal (spoiler alert - ready the story first!)

The Little Red Hen didn't want to ask for help. But asking for help can sometimes be the very best thing we can do! Find out how the Little Red Hen helped herself change her mind about asking for help in her Fairytale Journal:



CREATE: Reward Chart for Getting on With It

Motivate yourself into moving...


Imagine if Rapunzel had rewarded herself with a calming foot soak every time she finished brushing her hair? Or what if she took 10 minutes reading her favourite book when she finished the dishes?

Rewards are brilliant to keep us moving! So work out what motivates you, and get yourself moving. You can use Rapunzel's Reward Chart, or you can make one of your own. 


DISCUSS: Questions to keep conversations going

Here are some question ideas to get you started:

  • What would life look like if no-one asked for help?

  • Is there anything you currently need help with?

  • What do you think the friends felt?

  • Have you ever regretted not asking for help? What did it cost you?

  • Is there someone who you think does a good job of asking for help? 

  • What would you think or do if someone you knew needed help?

  • What are some of the upsides of asking for help?

  • Have you got any ideas for making it easier to ask for help?

  • Have you got any suggestions for how I can help you ask for help when you need it?

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... so what happens next?


SPOILER ALERT - Do not read this section unless you've enjoyed the story first!

Rapunzel was delighted to eventually be rescued by an incredibly brave young knight, who thankfully did not mistake her for a witch! 

You can meet her hero in:

'Shoes to Shine' - our Fairytale Fraud about growing self-confidence. 

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While Rapunzel left the tower in a very tidy condition, the lonely Witch could not bear to be there any longer. After a long search for Rapunzel, she shifted into a cottage in the wood. You can meet her there in:

'The Witch's Mistake' - our Fairytale Fraud about managing conflict 'The Giant's Treasure' - our Fairytale Fraud about considering others. 

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