There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

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!

I used Publisher to find clipart for the song and found the old lady template somewhere in cyber space! I’d love to track down who made it so that I can give them credit!

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Instructions

  1. Print the old lady template on cardstock for durability. Laminate if you have access. If not, just use packing tape. Cut out shapes.
  2. Print the animal template. Laminate if you have access. If not, use packing tape. Cut out shapes.
  3. Rip off flap for the baby wipe container. You may need to cut some of the inside silicone for a deeper mouth.
  4. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the old lady to the container.
  5. 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?

Review: The Wolf Who Wanted to Change His Color

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Cover for The Wolf Who Wanted to Change His Color

Title: The Wolf Who Wanted to Change His Color
Author/Illustrator: Orianne Lallemand / Eleonore Thuillier (ill.)
Publisher: Auzou
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9782733862363
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book

Gray wolf doesn’t want to be gray anymore. He thinks gray is such a boring and dreary color. So, he came up with an idea: he would change his color! Each day of the week starting with Monday, Wolf changes his color from green to blue and even dressed himself up in peacock feathers! Will Wolf ever find the perfect colour?

This book is a tale of acceptance and self-esteem. Wolf tries and tries to find a suitable color for his coat, but realizes in the end he is happy just the way he is. This book is perfect for kindergarten and up. It combines concepts (days of the week, colours) with a lovely message at the end. Perfect for a classroom storytime session.

Storytime – Fall

New additions to my storytime songs for Fall!

The Leaves on the Trees (The Wheels on the Bus)

The Leaves on the trees are yellow and brown,
Yellow and brown, yellow and brown.
The leaves on the trees are yellow and brown,
All through the town.

The leaves on the trees are falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
The leaves on the trees are falling down,
All through the town.

The leaves on the trees make a crunching sound,
Crunching sound, crunching sound.
The leaves on the trees make a crunching sound
All through the town.

The children in the town jump up and down,
Up and down, up and down.
The children in the town jump up and down
On the leaves on the ground.

The Leaves on the Ground (Tune: London Bridges Falling Down)

All the leaves are falling down,
Falling down, falling down
All the leaves are falling down, it is fall.

Take the rake and rake them up,
Rake them up, rake them up
Take the rake and rake them up, it is fall.

Make a pile and jump right in
Jump right in, jump right in
Make a pile and jump right in, it is fall.

Storytime – Monkeys

I run a weekly storytime called “Circle Time” for children between the ages of 0-5. When I plan my storytimes, I plan for toddlers, and have extra rhymes for kids younger and extra “wiggles” songs for the older. This week, I focused my storytime on “Monkeys.”

I introduced the concept of “monkeys” to the kids by asking them what sound a monkey makes. I told them that monkeys have long arms and swing from branch to branch.

Books

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett
Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed by Eileen Christelow
Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox

Songs

Welcome Song

We Clap and Sing Hello

We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends here at circle time,
We clap and sing hello.

We stomp and sing hello…
We wave and sing hello…

Come Along and Sing With Me (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)

Come along and sing with me,
Sing with me, sing with me,
Come along and sing with me,
Please be my friend.

Come along and clap with me..
Come along and snap with me…
Come along and roll with me…
Come along and snap with me..

Warm Up

Finger on Your Nose

Put your finger on your nose, on your nose,
Put your finger on your nose, on your nose,
Put your finger on you nose, on your nose, on your nose
Put your finger on your nose, on your nose.

Put your finger on your toes…
Put your finger on your ears…
Put your finger on your head…

Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them just like me
Clap them high, clap them low
Clap them just like me

Roll, roll, roll your arms…
Tap, tap, tap your toes..
Stretch, stretch, stretch your arms…

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground.

Teddy bear, teddy bear reach up high
Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the sky.

Teddy bear, teddy bear find your nose
Teddy bear, teddy bear touch your toes.

Teddy bear, teddy bear touch your knees,
Teddy bear, teddy bear sit down please.

Getting the Wiggles Out

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

Repeat: four, three, two one
Finish: Put those monkeys back to bed

 

Goodbye Songs

 The More We Get Together

 The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together the happier we’ll be
‘Cause your friends are my friends
And my friends are your friends
The more we get together the happier we’ll be

 We Wave Goodbye Like This
We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands like this
We clap our hands for all our friends
We clap our hands like this

We stomp our feet like this…
We wave goodbye like this…

Adventure Storytime: Ocean Adventure

I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had a chance to blog about some of my summer programming.  Now that kids are out of school, they’ve been keeping me busy! I changed my storytime up at the last minute because I didn’t like my original story. Three by the Sea by Mini Grey was just a little too complicated for my age group.

Story: Captain Bob Sets Sail by Roni Scotter

1317045This story is about Bob who is about to take a bath. He turns his bath time into a PIRATE and OCEAN adventure. The kids had a wonderful time watching Captain Bob  (and his bare bum) in the bathtub.

Craft: Ocean Adventure

For the craft, I kept it simple. I traced a “fish bowl” onto a piece of paper and had it pre-cut for the kids.

Fish Bowl

Find a template of fish online. I looked up colouring pages of fish and had them pre-cut for the kids – so all they had to do was colour. I also cut out seaweed and sand too. (I’m working with younger children, so they haven’t learned to cut yet. They glued the fish in the fish bowl and used crayons to colour. Very simple – and LOW COST!

Ocean Adventure