There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly is a song I remember from elementary school. When I had children my mom found this Old Lady with all the animals she swallowed ready for insertion into her mouth. I love to take it out with a group of children. They kids have so much fun taking turns putting in the animals.

The simple, quirky, silly song is about a lady who swallows a series of animals to catch the fly. My favorite is when she swallows the spider that wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.

Here is a youtube video of this silly song.
I always thought this old lady was handmade, so I was very surprised to find it on amazon. If you are a crafty person making an old lady and all the animals like this would be awesome. I think many simpler versions out of paper or using stuffed beanie babies could be incorporated into an fun activity for children.

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  1. Landstuhl Library has a "grab bag" which includes the doll and the book. I think there may be a CD with the song too! I love making a book "multisensory" especially with creative little minds!

  2. I am from the publishers who created the copy of the book that is featured in your post and can tell you that we have our own complimentary resources for this including bean bag animals and a doll that you can feed them too! We have also developed a second verison of the rhyme called 'There was an Old Lady who Swallowed the Sea'- perfect for anyone wanting to work on an underwater theme! All these products are available on our website: or contact for more info! Happy reading!

  3. This looks like wonderful! I love the retelling doll. How cool to have a comment left by the publisher.

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  4. Oh, what a fun doll! My girls would really get a kick out of that. There are so many fun variations on this story/song, too. Thanks for linking up to RAT!

  5. We actually have a doll very much like the one you have pictured, and a copy of that same book, at our public library where I work.
    Thanks for sharing this post at Favorite Resources.


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