There was an old lady who swallowed a fly thumbnail cover- Image of a lady and all the animals in the song

Dynamic and engaging crafts, worksheets, games and flashcards to teach English with There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly.

What is included?

This 164 page Activity Pack contains 9 different resources. Each resource contains several different variations. You can choose the most suitable for the age and level of your young learners, and the skills you want to practise. Every resource helps you include plenty of speaking and listening opportunities for a memorable and fun learning experience.

What will my students learn?

These resources will help your young learners with these language points:

  • animal vocabulary
  • colour and shape recognition
  • counting and numbers
  • sounds, letters and rhymes
  • useful story phrases, e.g., “I don’t know why”; “I don’t know how”; “How absurd”; “Fancy that!”; “Perhaps..”
  • semi-fixed expressions: There was (an old lady..)
  • Infinitive of purpose: She swallowed the spider to catch the spider, etc.

At the same time, they’ll develop their fine motor skills, literacy skills, social skills and develop their understanding of the world.

SEE the Preview for full details of the vocabulary and structures targetted.

Comprehensive Activity Suggestions provide lots of ideas for activities to do before and after, and also give you ideas for interactive ways to conduct the activities for effective language practice.

What are the resources?

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Activity Pack includes:

  • Jigsaw Colour and Count

Jigsaw templates are provided in both colour and black and white depending on the level of difficulty required. Follow the activity suggestions to create more learning fun with a scavenger hunt, colour dictation, jigsaw race or jigsaw craft.

  • Stick and Count

Two versions of this activity are provided which vary in difficulty in terms of fine motor skill requirements. Use in a variety of ways to practise folding, cutting and sticking whilst also focussing on following instructions, matching and counting skills.

  • Spinner Craft

Use the spinner wheels along with the activity suggestions to play guessing games, practise animals, colour and number recognition whilst also encouraging writing and reading skills.

  • Find and Stick Craft

Follow the activity suggestions for more fun finding games that will help to develop receptive skills, animal and colour recognition or focus similarities, differences or learning letters and sounds.

  • Stick Puppets

Use the templates provided to create stick puppets to further dramatize the story. Allow children to practise their craft skills by helping to put the puppets together then see if they can follow and re-enact the rhyme using their stick characters.

  • Vocabulary Fan

Encourage children to listen and follow instructions in order to put together a story fan that can be used in a variety of ways to promote vocabulary skills.

  • Matching Cards

Use these cards to play fun matching and memory games.

  • Mini Cards

Mini Cards can be used to play more matching and memory games as well as developing word recognition and literacy skills.

  • Flash Cards

Use in a variety of ways to introduce and practise new language, develop literacy skills or as visual prompts for language games.

Please note the There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly story is not provided with this resource but is available in major book stores.  

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