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There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly.....

This is a much loved story and song we read and sing together at kindergarten.

Here is a link to the story so you can enjoy it it home. Text: Adams, P (ill.) 1973, There was an old lady who swallowed a fly, Child’s Play (International) Ltd, Purton, Wilts, England.

Activities to Enjoy Together

Step 1. If you have this book at home, encourage your child/children to predict what the story is about from the cover. If not use the suggested video link above and watch the story together.

Step 2. Read/watch the story and encourage your child/children to join in.

Step 3. Invite your child/children to recall the characters in the story.

Step 4. Here are some questions to ask your child/children about the story.

1. Show me the first creature that the old lady swallowed.

2. What creatures did the old lady swallow?

3. Which animal makes this noise: moo/bark/buzz?

4. I wonder if this story could really happen? Why/Why not?

Encourage your child/children to retell the story making the characters with playdough or to act it out. We love to dramatize and act out stories at kindergarten!


Talk about the foods that people like to eat and discuss your child/children’s favourite foods, likes and dislikes.

Invite your child/ children to paint or draw a picture of themselves and talk about the foods that they like to eat. Write their comments below their painting or drawing to model writing for a purpose. 

Try using the funny variation for "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly'

when your child/children are having a fruit snack.

There was an old lady

There was an old lady who swallowed some fruit

It tasted so good, it made her feel beaut,

She swallowed a berry that was not a cherry

Raspberry, strawberry, but NOT a cherry.

There was an old lady who swallowed a pear

That pear though delicious, but NOT a square,

There was an old lady who swallowed a plum

Oh boy, that plum was surely NOT yum,

There was an old lady who swallowed a seed

Oh my, look now, she’s growing a weed!

Enjoy this funny rhyme, encouraging your child to recognize similar sounds.



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