I was sorting through the kids' books last night, in search of The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing, when I came across Alison Jackson's I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, instead. I was happy to find it, because there was an activity I'd been meaning to do with the little ones, involving this book, and with Thanksgiving closing in fast, it was nearly too late.
A few weeks ago, Michelle, over at A Mommy's Adventures, used the I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat book, for a story and art project, and I knew right away, we'd have to do something similar with this book. So, this morning, I printed out a picture of The Old Lady from Marcia's Lesson Links, for the children to cut out and color. I decided to use a different face for the Old Lady, one that I thought looked a little more like the illustrations in the book. So, I printed the Old Lady Puppet from a Utah Eduction Network, probability page (It's the one listed under "The Hungry Old Lady Activity" heading).
I also printed out pictures of the Thanksgiving food the Old Lady ate from Make Learning Fun.
After the little ones colored The Old Lady we glued her to a lunch size paper bag, with a slit in the mouth for the food to go in. We taped a plastic Ziploc bag inside the paper bag, so it could catch the food placed into the puppet.
Finally, one of the older girls read the story, while the little ones placed the food into the puppet's mouth.
Just in case you would like to do this activity, but can't get your hands on the book, there is a copy of the complete poem "I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie", here.
It's great to be a homeschooler.