Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Book of the Week: The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything

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We love Fall and Halloween themed children's books and doing book related crafts and activities before/after we read!

One of the main reasons I love working in my son's preschool classroom is because I learn so many things! Last Thursday I was assigned to the Library... so basically I spend the hour choice time exploring books with kids who wanted to read. What a rough day, right? ;) The book that I ended up reading about 15 times was The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams. This is NOT a book to read when you are supposed to be quiet (like in church) because it is loud and gets your whole body moving. We love it!

Yesterday I pinned a darling sequencing activity from I Can Teach My Child that goes right along with the book and then decided that we should make our own Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything book themed puzzle.

I started off by drawing all of the pieces to the story and writing the action words on each piece (see above). Then we colored the pieces. You can download the pieces that I drew on Google docs (there are 4 pages).  Click on the links below. You just have to color them yourself.

I stuck all of the puzzle pieces on the bottom of the wall with tape in the big clump. Then we got started reading the book together. As we did the actions and read... my little guy stuck each piece on the wall in sequence until we had created our very own pumpkin scarecrow.

We talked about the action words while we read. Moving, reading, and talking all at the same time is a pretty awesome way to read a story.

The pumpkin scarecrow looked pretty creepy once it was finished. :)

As we read this book we loved...

- making predictions about what was going to happen next
- talking about the colors of each item
- talking about things that we were scared of (or weren't scared of)
- talking about what we would make with all of the pieces the little old lady found
- making our bodies do the actions along with the words in the story
- wondering about why the little old lady was in the forest, what was going to happen to all of the pieces, and how the little old lady was so brave!

Do you have any other fun activities or crafts you have done or would do along with this book?


  1. We act this out with actual old clothes, boots,a hat, and a plastic pumpkin head. Each child get a different piece of clothing to flap and at the end they lay them all on the floor to make the scarecrow! It has been a favorite during our party day.

  2. Love it. We have been acting out the actions as well, but each doing the action. I actually read this at a story time at a Pumpkin Patch Festival yesterday. I would love it if you would share it on my link party: http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2011/10/sharing-saturday.html

    Thank you!!

  3. How fun, I think I have this book in my Halloween Book Basket, I will have to check, sounds like a fun activity to share with my niece and nephew! Thanks! ~April

  4. we love this book & I am thankful for the printable pages! We will be using them!

    Thank you so much for linking to last week's Sunday Showcase! can't wait to see you share some more ideas on this week's linky - now open!


  5. Yeh Family said...

    Just found you on Pinterest! I'm a speech pathologist and a mama and just blogged about this book as well, but I LOVE your big drawings! I hope you don't mind, I plan to add this as a link on my own blog post! Adorable!


  6. love the idea - Can you tell me if there is a template for the patterns?

  7. Love this. Do you have patterns you are willing to share? Thanks

    1. Hi Ann yes the templates are linked above where it says "you can download the pieces that I drew on our scribe page" just click on the word scribd and it will take you to the PDF file. Enjoy!

  8. I use it to teach beginning, middle and end as well as making predictions. Check it out! :)

    http://littlemissglamourgoestokindergarten.blogspot.com & search under fall!

  9. when I click the scribd link this activity isn't there??

    1. Hi Anonymous, it is there, you just have to scroll down a bit. Here are the direct links. There are 4:


  10. There is a mucical song tht goes with this book,,,,some of the Kindergarten Teachers in my district have it .....would love to find the cd to buy becasue I have bought the book for my grandsons....

  11. I love this book~another resource for prinatbles for a flannel board is found at Kizclub.com, click on "storys and props"

  12. Yes, there is a song that goes along with this book. I use both & love the printables! Here's the song (at least one version): http://musicwithmar.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=110

  13. Did this activity with my classroom and they loved it. After we read the story and my students helped put the scarecrow together by following along, they each got to then make their own that we displayed in the classroom for parents to see.

  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. Even though you posed it several years ago, it's perfect for what I was looking for as a craftivity for the book. Posted it on my blog: http://teachertakeaways.blogspot.com/
    Thanks:) Lori

  15. thank you! :) doing this for an activity at trunk or treat! =)

  16. Thank you so much. We just did this craft yesterday in my class. I actually featured it in my latest blog post. http://anchoredinlearning.blogspot.com/2014/11/celebrating-halloween.html

  17. This is adorable! Any chance it's still available? I've tried the links in the post as well as the direct links and neither are working. Thank you!

  18. This is adorable! Any chance it's still available? I've tried the links in the post as well as the direct links and neither are working. Thank you!

    1. Amanda there are four pages. If you look in the post it says Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4. Click on each link (hyperlinked to the words) and you'll be taken straight to each image. Download the images and print. If you are still having trouble, email me at toddlerapproved@gmail.com. The links in the post lead to Google docs that work fine when I click on them. Make sure you sign in using your google account and they should work.


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