You probably know the poem, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly…..Little kids get a huge kick out of this poem, which begins: There was an old lady who swallowed a fly; I don’t know why she swallowed a fly – perhaps she’ll die! In this “There was an old lady who craft“, kids can make their very own old lady who can swallow a variety of things! There is an entire series of these “There was an old Lady” books. You can find a book for almost every holiday! Today I will give you the materials you need to help you create this activity. You can get a free copy of the “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly” printable cards for her to swallow too! (If you want free printable cards for the other Old Lady books, you can purchase for $1 from our store!) Anyway, here are all the “old lady” books….there are a lot of them!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey!There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell!There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell!There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick!There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog!There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose!There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!
There Was an Old Lady Who Craft
What you’ll need to make the there was an old lady who craft:< ul>
- There was an old lady who printable pack
- Paper bag (1 for each kid)
- Construction paper
- Plastic baggie
There Was an Old Lady Who Craft Directions
- Print the set of things you want the old lady to eat. We used the classic set in our version. Cut out the black part of the head’s mouth. Cut around each object, because if you leave them square, they won’t be small enough to fit inside her mouth.
- Open the paper bag and set it upside down. Trace the shape of the lady’s mouth on the top of the bag and cut it out.
Glue the old lady’s head to the top of the bag.
- Cut out two arms and hands from construction paper. Attach them to the bag with brads or glue.
- Let the kids give the old lady whatever clothes they want.
- Use a brad to connect one side of the plastic bag to the top of her mouth (we made the brad her nose). Connect the other side of the bag to her neck (we made that brad a necklace). This will open the bag wide enough so you can actually feed the old lady the objects.
- Give the old lady the objects to eat while singing the song. When you’re done, simply open the bag and remove the items from her plastic bag tummy.
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If you don’t want to make the craft part of this activity, there is also a complete old lady included in the printable set, which you can use instead of making your own from a paper bag. Attach the plastic baggie to her mouth in the same way.
In the printable pack in our store you’ll find various things for the old lady to eat for every season. There is the traditional set from the original poem, a set for St. Patrick’s Day, for fall, for Christmas, for back to school, for Halloween, for the summer, for winter, for Easter, and for Valentine’s Day. Your old lady can swallow something for every season!
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.