Thursday, February 26, 2009

There was and Old Woman who Swallowed a Fly

Back in December I went to a Ready to Lean workshop (see previous post about these free workshops) at our local grocery store about rhyme and repetition. The class was really fun (and I came home with two free books!) and we made a file folder game of the old lady who swallowed a fly story. I finally colored and put mine together the other day, and it is a huge hit with my one year old. (He enjoys putting the cards in the tummy of the old lady.) The handouts to make the file folder game are available on the PBS's Ready to Learn website, so here's how to do it:
-printouts on cardstock
-file folder
-contact paper
-crayons or markers
-extra cardstock
-envelop to hold the cards

-You'll need to print out the PDF found here. (It's 3 pages)
-Copy the printouts onto cardstock (or just print them out on it if possible)
-Color the old lady
-Attach the words of the story to the inside of the file folder like this:-Cut out the hole on the old lady's dress and cut a matching hole in the front of the file. Glue the old lady onto the cover of the file.
-cut out the animal cards. As you read the story your child will put the cards into the old woman's tummy.
-attach the envelop to the back of the file folder to hold the animal cards:
-You could call is good now, or if you want you can use the extra cardstock to make a little pouch to catch the animal cards in the old woman's tummy. Here's an example of what that would look like:
-Now you're ready to read the story over and over again! Hey, repetition helps kids learn!

PS: For another version of a file folder game for the same story, try this PDF! It's a drawing of the old woman with shapes for the animals. Kids place the animals on the right spot during the story.

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Thanks for sharing your ideas! I love to hear and learn from others!