Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

The Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly

I saw this idea on this site via a link I clicked on a couple of weeks, I have now made my own version but this time adapted to make it tactile for a child with visual impairment. The link was to a website run by a speech and language therapist and she had created a fun resource to support children with initial letter sounds. 

Here I have made it tactile and a little bit funky!! 

I made the hat from fur and added a big flower, the hair is made from Wikki Stix. 

Literacy Ideas: The old woman who swallowed a fly

The tactile picture is attached to a box, the children can post their objects and words through the old woman’s mouth, which is cut out to enable the objects to be posted

Literacy Ideas:

  • Tell the story of the old woman who swallowed a fly, children post the objects.
  • Post objects together with matching word.
  • Focus on each word, fly, coin, violin and find other objects beginning with each of the initial sounds.
  • Post all objects beginning with letter f, c, v etc. Link into the rhyme about the old woman who swallowed a fly.
  • Children to make their own old woman, decorate hat and make fun hair.



  • Count the objects the old woman swallows as they are posted
  • Make up counting games, e..g the old woman swallowed five coins, 3 violins,
  • Make up categorising games, e.g. The old woman swallowed all round objects, all objects smaller than a coin, shiny objects, blue objects etc.

There are more shared ideas at

There is also a Top Access Tips page on the Positive Eye website which gives you a free top tips sheet to download each month. These are top access tips for access within mainstream educational settings, a concise tips sheet to give to teachers.

I hope you find the resources useful
Positive Eye - UK









Posted on September 27, 2013
Updated on: February 23, 2018