The story “The Little Old lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams is a great book for children from preschool age to about second grade. It is a fun story to read around Halloween as it is a “scary” story that is just right for this age group. This is the story of a clever and fearless old lady who triumphs over a troubling situation comprised of different items like shoes, pumpkin head, shirt, etc. that are following her. Each of these objects has their own sound or motion, which the kids love. There are several fun activities that can be done in conjunction with this great autumn story.
The first activity is simply a reading comprehension activity. After reading the story, you can have a few simple questions about the story written on pieces of paper in a hat. Each of the kids can take a turn picking a piece of paper and the teacher can read aloud the question for the kids to answer.
Another activity is to make a felt board to go along with this story. The felt board can be used to demonstrate what is going on in the story. Preschoolers love to see the story coming to life on a felt board.
Preschoolers would love to act out parts of this story. The teacher can assign either one student or a group of students a certain sound or action. For example, the boots make a “clomp, clomp” so the students can stomp their feet and the pants go “wiggle, wiggle” so the students can wiggle. The teacher should make sure that everyone knows their parts and that they are looking out for them while the story is being read. The kids will have so much fun that they will likely want to read the story more than once.
Many children this age love to draw, so the children can either draw and color their favorite scene or they could even draw a picture of a new scene for the fearless old lady.
These are just a few of the activities that can be done in a preschool classroom. Any fall themed or Halloween themed craft or activity would be appropriate to do in conjunction with this book. Even something as simple as painting a jack-o-lantern face on a mini pumpkin would be fun for the kids. This book, “The Little Old lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything,” is a book well loved by many children.