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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Talback {Guest Post by Hannah Rials}

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Guest Post by Hannah Rials
Every mother and grandmother have heard the poem of the old woman who swallowed the fly.
It is ridiculous of course, but how can you help but share this enjoyably silly poem with your children? Simms Talbac’s Caldecott Honor books brings life to this crazy old woman with her crazy illustrations and entertaining side notes. Now we get to see what goes on inside the stomach of the woman who swallowed the horse, cow, dog, cat, bird, spider, and fly. Kids will love these crazy illustrations and every night will want to hear the story of the crazy old lady who swallowed the fly and went to the ends of the earth to have that fly taken care of. Don’t let this story die along with the crazy old lady!
Fun Activities to bring this crazy old lady to life:
1. Make your own Fly-eating Matryoshka (or Russian Nesting) Dolls:
blank russian nesting dolls
      What You’ll Need:
         -A blank wooden set (which can be found on Amazon or maybe at local craft stores)
         -Gouche or acrylic paint
      What to Do:
         Well, instead of making the traditional Russian Nesting dolls (young women), you are going to paint the poor old lady and all the critters she swallowed.
             1. First is the old lady herself, pictured here. But she can look however your imagination sees her.
             2. The amount of nesting dolls you have dictates how many of the old lady’s critters you can have her swallow. But if you have enough for them all, nest is the horse
             3. Then the Cow
             4. The Dog
             5. The Cat
             6. The Bird
             7. The Spider
             8. And finally, the Fly that started it all.
      After you paint all the critters, let the paint dry and cover them in your varnish. Once they are dry, you are free to play with your own “The Old Lady Who Swallowed the Fly” nesting dolls! Have fun!
One More Fun Activity!
Swallow your own fly with these fly cookies from the Bearfoot Baker.
fly cookies
What fun “The Old Lady Who Swallowed the Fly” activities have you found?
Hannah Rials
Born in the hills of Louisiana and raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Hannah Rials is a eighteen year-old aspiring author and editor. She’s been writing short stories since she was a little girl, but for the past several years, she has been writing, editing, and reediting a novel of her own that she hopes to publish in the near future.  Hannah has always loved reading and the world of books. With a librarian grandmother who can tell the most magical stories, how could she not fall in love with the written word. Her library collection and love for books grows every day.

3 thoughts on “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Talback {Guest Post by Hannah Rials}

    1. Thanks Barbara. I thought the nesting dolls was such a fun and unique way to bring this story to life too 🙂

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