Feed the Old Lady Box

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This is a fun activity that we did to go along with the book There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly during Gv's Latticed Learning time.

The moment we read this book, I knew there had to be something we could do to bring the zany story to life even more.  I printed out the old lady and critters from this page (scroll down to find it) onto cardstock and then colored them in (they come in a color version, but my color printer was on the fritz that day and I had no more patience left for it).  

Our version of the book doesn't include a goat, but we just throw him into her mouth at the end because goats make us laugh

I also printed a set out onto regular paper for Gv to color so that we could both be working on the project together.

I cut everything out, adding a giant open mouth to the lady.  Then I glued the lady onto the lid of one of our greens boxes and cut her mouth opening from that, as well.

Finally, I handed Gv the critters to feed the old lady with while we read the book.  This activity ended up being a huge hit and one I can tell she'll want to keep playing with for quite a while.

She's even able to flip through and "read" the book and feed the old lady all on her own, so it's turned into a new independent toy, too!

You could easily use a regular old shoebox for this, but we loved the way the clear greens box allowed us to see all that the old lady had eaten already.  What do you think?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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