When the Fly Flew In

This book has been loved by my family for years. I hesitated before posting a picture of a book this battered, but there is something to be said for a book that has been loved so thoroughly. So I wiped off a few smudges and scrubbed off some toothpaste (who knows…). And this happy little book was as ready for its photo shoot as it would ever be.

When the Fly Flew In begins with a little boy who has been asked to clean his room. He shows his mom that all of his animals are sleeping and explains that he doesn’t want to wake them (convenient). The door closes, a fly begins to buzz, and what happens next is nothing short of mess eliminating magic.

As I read this book in preparation for the post this week, I wondered if my love for this mantra began years ago as I read this book:

Now, loving a mantra and living by it are two very different things. While a few rooms in my house might be flourishing under this rule, My craft storage is pure chaos. Perhaps I should pick up a few animals to get this mess under control (if only…).

Below we’ve lined up some fun activities to accompany When the Fly Flew In. Read & explore with your little people!

Cooking: Popcorn

Science & Sensory: Laundry Station

Craft: Fly on a stick

Game: Clean-up race

Math: How far did the fly go? (Measurement)

Reading: T-Shirt Letter Identification

Writing: Comprehension & Opinion Write

We’d love to know if you’re using our ideas! Comment to let us know how it’s going! See you next week!



Author: Tawni

Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.

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