Wednesday, December 27, 2017

FREE Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow Cut & Paste Sequencing Activity

Kids will have fun  reading There was a Cold Lady who Swallowed Some Snow while doing this fun cut and paste sequencing activity.
FREE Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow Cut & Paste Sequencing Activity. This kindergarten worksheet is great for helping kids improve fine motor skills, and as an extension activity for this fun winter book for kids.

The cold, snowy weather is here to stay for a while in upstate New York. My boys and I have pulled our favorite wintry reads off the shelves. We love to spend evenings with mugs of cocoa and books about blizzards! They've always been fans of the 'Old Lady' series, so we've read There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! a lot lately. Inspired by the fun rhyme, I put together a flexible learning activity for my boys. Read on to learn more about the book. You can also see how we're using it to reinforce some basic skills.

There was a Cold lady who Swallowed Some Snow

Fans of the' Old Lady' series written by Lucille Colandro and illustrated by Jared Lee will be familiar with the book's premise immediately. A twist on the classic nursery rhyme song, There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! follows the adventure of an old lady on a winter walk. She swallows all sorts of silly things for reasons that will keep kids giggling. 

Ultimately, her belly is so full of the wintry items that the old lady hiccups up a snowman. Kids love the nonsensical nature of the story, so they stay engaged for read alouds. As the old lady swallows more and more, my boys love guessing what she might be making. It's great to see them using ideas from the story to formulate guesses. The story itself is essentially a rhyming song that continues to build upon itself. The repetition of verses and rhyming form make it perfect for pre-readers to 'read' along too.

Creative Learning With the Cold Lady

I created two simple printables to accompany There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow! One features the cold lady herself, and the other features the items she swallows through out the story. Print out both pages for your kids. 

Encourage them to color both pages using crayons, colored pencils, or markers. The combination of a creative outlet paired with fine motor skills is great for young learners! 

Scissor skills are a continuous challenge for my boys, and many of their peers. The page of items the cold lady swallowed present the perfect chance to work on scissor skills. Younger kids may need some hand-over-hand assistance with the task. Once we had the items cut out, and the cold lady colored, we used the item pieces in a few different ways. The activity is easy to adapt to whatever skills you may be working on at the time, but here are some ideas to get you going:

  • As you read the story aloud, add each item to her stomach as she swallows them in the book.
  • After reading, from memory, add the items to her stomach in the same sequence the cold lady swallowed them.
    • This is a great way to test story comprehension and retention!
  • Add the items to her stomach in alphabetical order.
  • Place the items in her stomach in reverse alphabetical order.
  • Add the items according to the colors your child colored them. (This is especially great for younger siblings that are playing along)
  • Call out clues and see if your child adds them in the right order.
    • 'First, add a word that starts with P'.
    • 'Next, add the word that rhymes with 'cat'.'
    • And so on.
  • The possibilities are endless- it's simple to adapt to your child's own needs! I included some blank squares as well, to allow your child to create their own versions of the story!


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