Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Craft

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This nursery rhyme craft is based on the classic nursery rhyme, “There was and Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe”. We had a blast building fine motor skills with this kids craft. It’s a great way to work on shoe tying, too!

Shoe tying craft based on the nursery rhyme, There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
Shoe tying craft for kids

We are starting off the nursery rhyme craft and activity series with a timeless nursery rhyme…There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.  This is one of our favorite nursery rhymes to recite, although to be honest, in our house we love them all!  When we visit the library, we usually hit up the nursery rhyme shelf and come home with a book or two about nursery rhymes.    

Nursery Rhyme crafts and activities for learning and play

Nursery Rhyme Craft

There is just something wonderful about reciting nursery rhymes.  The repetition of rhythm and rhyme teach kids about language, memory, and literacy.  They are fun to say over and over again.  And with this repetition, comes self-confidence in the child.  The timeless quality of nursery rhymes brings together generations of storytelling.  There is much to discover about how nursery rhymes help with learning, including pitch, imagination, sequencing, and phonics.    

We recited “There was an Old Woman who lived in a shoe” and made a boot craft to explore the rhyme.     There was an old woman  Who lived in a shoe. She had so many children She didn’t know what to do. She gave them some broth And a big slice of bread, Kissed them all soundly And sent them to bed.   (We went with the Mother Goose version)  

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe fine motor craft.

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Shoe Tying Craft

This craft doubles as a shoe tying craft, too. Kids can build so many skills by making this craft, that are so important for shoe tying, including:

  • Bilateral Coordination
  • Lacing a shoe
  • Pincer Grasp
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Tying a bow

The best thing about this shoe tying craft is that kids will leave with a sense of accomplishment, allowing them to feel self-confidence with shoe tying.

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe craft

Craft supplies for a nursery rhyme craft for kids.

We started with a few supplies to make our nursery rhyme craft:

blue foam craft sheet 
red yarn 
colored card stock 
marker
yellow circle label stickers 
glue
hole punch

scissor skill craft shoe craft

  Start by drawing a large boot shape on the craft foam sheet.  Draw dots with the marker for the lacing holes.

Shoe craft for kids, based on the nursery rhyme, There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.

Older kids can cut out the boot shape.  Crafting foam is a great material to snip with scissors and provides a different resistance when cutting.

This shoe tying craft builds fine motor skills and bilateral skills that kids need to learn to tie their shoes.

Use the hole punch to punch the lacing holes.  We started with a kid friendly hole punch, but it didn’t work very well on the craft foam material.  The old fashioned hole punch worked better.

Child holding scissors with two hands.

Snip a long length of yarn.  Clearly Little Guy needs a little work on his scissor grasp. 😉  He was being silly with cutting the yarn.  

Here is a guide to scissor skills, including the bilateral coordination needed for shoe tying AND cutting with scissors.

Kids can use this shoe tying craft to build fine motor skills, lacing, and shoe tying.

Tape one end of the red yarn to the back side of the boot.  Get the kids lacing away on the boot.  This is a fantastic fine motor task for little fingers.  Tripod grasp, bilateral hand coordination, motor planning, eye-hand coordination…lacing is great for preschoolers!

Fine motor lacing activity boot craft for kids

This boot alone would make a very cute fine motor craft.  But it needs a little something extra for our nursery rhyme.

Use this shoe tying craft to help kids with lacing and tying shoes.

  We made a little old woman and many children on the boot.  Baby Girl loved sticking the yellow circle label stickers onto the boot.  These would be the faces.

Shoe tying craft for kids

  Next, we cut our colored card stock into triangles and rectangles for the bodies.  More fine motor work with the snipping card stock.  A bit of glue holds these shapes in place.  Be sure to talk about shapes and colors with your preschooler while doing this part.  

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe craft for kids

Baby Girl used a marker and drew faces on each person.  Working in a small defined area is a great way to further develop pre-handwriting skills drawing and pencil control.

She then drew arms and legs for the old woman and children.

How cute is this nursery rhyme craft?  It brings the rhyme to life with imagination and creativity.  Baby Girl wanted to introduce a duck to the woman and children.


Be sure to stop back tomorrow and the rest of this week and next week for the rest of the nursery rhyme series.  You can find them all of our nursery rhyme crafts here. 


This isn’t our first nursery rhyme craft.  Check out our This Little Piggy Went to the Market craft:

Nursery rhyme craft for the Three Little Pigs

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