No matter how old my kids get they just cannot read or listen to I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson without chuckling and laughing as the story progresses, especially around Thanksgiving. This year I wanted to create a fun hands-on learning tool to bring our lessons to life that was inspired by this storybook.
If you are not familiar with this storybook, it is about an old woman who grows larger and larger as a holiday meal begins to disappear for everyone because she is eating everything. This story is brought to life in full color with engaging cartoon graphics with a hilarious and charming story that I am sure will become a tradition to read every November with your children.
Sometimes I find that it helps to bring your lessons to life when you have very visual hands-on learners. After reading this storybook the kids and I used the pumpkin pie from the storybook to help reinforce the story’s sequencing, ABC order, and work on our ordinal numbers.
To take our lessons even farther, we started each lesson out by discussing:
- The storybook events and solutions
- The predictable text
- How the author uses transitional words
- What the author’s purpose was on certain pages in the storybook
- Cause and effect
- The kids worked on practicing making inferences
I have found that with my son, who is in fifth grade, that if I use a silly book that he is familiar with, but modify it by adding different elements into a lesson and reading of the book again can wake his normally quiet creative writer and thinking skills and bring them to life.
DIY I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie Inspired Interactive Pumpkin Pie
To help make this fun storybook more entertaining and create some educational lessons for it, I created this fun activity. To make your very own interactive activity to use alongside this storybook you will need the following materials:
- Orange and brown felt
- Craft Glue
- White puffy paint
- Small white pom pom balls
- Fiskars scissors
- White crayon
- Dark marker (I used brown)
- Compass (optional)
- Straight edge (optional)
Start by making a circle out of the brown felt. Then, make a slightly smaller circle out of the orange felt. I used a white crayon to make the circles and the sharp scissors to cut them both out.
Then, it was time to read the storybook and see that the Old Lady ate nine different things. Because I want to use this craft to practice ordinal numbers, I decided that I had to portion the circle into nine equal parts. I did this by asking Beck what 360 divided by 9 was. He used his long division to come up with the answer of 40. Next, I took a compass and marked out 40 degree sections using the center as a guide. Then I used a straight edge and the dark marker and make small dotted lines on the 40’s to make the pie crust. Then, I finished the base piece by writing the ordinal numbers from first to ninth on them using white puffy paint.
Then, it was time to make the pie slices. I used the same method for the pie pieces as the crust except that I used the white crayon to lightly mark the 40 degree pieces before I cut them. Then I cut out the felt with my sharp scissors. Then, I made the words for the pie slice by using the following on each piece:
- One word from the storybook
- White puffy paint for the word
- Four glued on white pom poms
Once the pieces are all done, all the puffy paint to dry as long as it need to. The only thing left to do now is to read the storybook have fun with our new storybook activity for the storybook I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson. While I am reading the story, or my children are reading it separately, I plan to have them place the food in their ordinal number locations, just like in the storybook.
Did you like this hands-on storybook activity for the children’s storybook I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson?