I’ve seen on Pinterest various props for “There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly.” My favourite is the garbage can dressed up as an old lady, but if space and storage is an issue – then it’s not a practical prop to make. Here’s something I came across and did my own take on it. They used a Kleenex box, but we decided to use a baby wipe container instead for durability.
Cost of project: $2.80 + coloured printing
You can also use a recycled baby wipe container if you know of a parent or caregiver that uses them too!
- Print the old lady template on cardstock for durability. Laminate if you have access. If not, just use packing tape. Cut out shapes.
- Print the animal template. Laminate if you have access. If not, use packing tape. Cut out shapes.
- Rip off flap for the baby wipe container. You may need to cut some of the inside silicone for a deeper mouth.
- Use a hot glue gun to adhere the old lady to the container.
- Optional: use construction paper to decorate the outside of the container.
When you’re performing, just throw the animal into the mouth of the old lady!
Lyrics to the Song
My coworkers and I were discussing the lyrics to “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” and consensus is that it’s a little grim to sing perhaps she’ll die. I’ve been in a storytime where the programmer has used that lyric, and I thought it wasn’t such a good idea. We decided that perhaps she’ll cry sounds much better!
Programmers, what do you use?