There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

We have started including a nursery rhyme each week in our school activities.  One of our first was “There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.”  We keep the rhyme written up on the wall, do different related activities, and by the end of the week the girls have memorized the poem.oldwoman

 Craft Time

P1060032Our biggest project was making a the shoe.  We actually spread it out over a few days.  I cut the pieces out of posterboard; then the girls painted two pieces.  Once dry, I hot glued the two pieces of boot together and punched out holes to lace.  Then we wove the ribbon through to lace up the boot.  I used wired ribbon so that it would be easier to go through the holes and the bow would stand out.P1060033

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Next we made all the Old Woman’s children.  We used this simple template to make many children and then the girls decorated each one.  Then we could put the children inside the boot while reciting the poem.  My advice is to make a few each day so you end up with a bunch without getting burned out.

Click here to download paper doll template

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Darth Vader! Zoe was so proud of herself for making his black helmet and the panel on his chest.

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Shoe Activities

This was also a great time to try out tying shoes.  We didn’t push it too much since the girls actually have very few shoes that tie, but it was still good practice.P1050924

And I had them matching up socks from the laundry basket.  Not really related, but it made sense to me and got the girls in the habit of helping with the laundry.

 

 

Coloring Time

And here is the coloring page  from Inkspired Musings that we colored on the first day.

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Knot Tying Board

Recently the girls became very interested in P1010620knot tying, which has resulted in ribbon and rope tied from one piece of furniture to another.  Their aunt and Nana both gave the girls scarves this Christmas but the girls seem to think they got bigger pieces of rope.

We love the fact that they are learning to tie knots and the finger dexterity it builds, but we were getting a bit frustrated with them trying to tie everything.  It had gotten a bit out of control when Ed tried to leave the bathroom and they had tied the door shut.

P1010881In order to contain but encourage the tying Ed made these knot tying boards for the girls.  We bought a 2×2 piece of birch 1/2 inch thick cut to a square foot. (To make this project super easy we even had Lowes cut the board for us in fourths for us since we needed to make two and do some other projects).  Ed also sanded the boards and the edges.

 

We then chose a bunch of differentP1010880 fixtures to put on the boards.  We let the girls help pick out items and tried to do a variety.  This is where the project can get pricey if you aren’t careful.  And then we also picked out different kinds of rope that were a variety of thickness and texture.

 

P1010885To finish the board, Ed used the Dremel to trim down some of the screws poking through the back.  We then used PlastiDip to seal up the back.  I recommend the liquid form that you paint on or dip into as opposed to the spray on one.  We first used the spray on PlastiDip and it came out in clumps, which is why you can still see some bumpy parts.  But the pure liquid that Ed painted on went on very smoothly.

This project has been a really big hit with the girls. Our rule for the rope is that it stays with the boards which has really helped keep the random knot tying down. And, of course, this is one of those activities we supervise more carefully since they are playing with long pieces of rope. 🙂

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