We’ve been having a little fun again, based around a picture book we’ve been enjoying. And this one’s a favourite of mine…
What the Ladybird Heard
This one’s popular with Little Man because he likes farms and animals, rhyming’s always fun to listen to, and he loves spotting the ladybird on each page, as his big sister always did when she was a toddler, too. So, chosen book in hand, we were off to create a couple of activities around it.
The first was so easy to set up and play, especially as we often play variations of this game anyway. Instead of just spotting that little ladybird on the pages of a book, we had to spot her around the house – Little Man does love a bit of hide and seek! We do have a little ladybird torch that we used, but a cut-out would work just as well, if you’re all of out of ladybirds in your house!
It’s a game that can go on for a long time here, as the possibilities are endless and Little Man loves to take his turn and hide the ladybird, too.
And the second idea is around the farm animals that the ladybird lives with, and a little crafting.
We have a small wooden farmyard playset, so we started with that. The idea is to draw around the animals, and then fill them in with whatever craft materials you have to hand. It’s fun and ticks a fair few educational boxes, as Little Man was telling me what the animals were as he handed them to me to draw around, along with making their sounds. A good opportunity to break out into Old MacDonald here, too!
And then we took to scrunching up bits of tissue paper for the pig and the sheep, glittering the ducks, cow and house, pom pomming our chicken and sequinning the horse.
As you can probably tell from the photos, Little Man loved controlling the glue, and the glitter was great fun. Placing the tissue paper, pom poms and sequins were all good for his fine motor skills, and he did really concentrate on doing them.
We finished up with various crafty blobs on a page, recognisable only to us! But, how proud he was!
The session did end somewhat abruptly with both of us and the kitchen covered in red glitter. Fortunately, that was the last one we were doing anyway. Word to the wise – never allow a small person control of a tube of glitter, even for the 2 seconds that you’re distracted by removing glue from them. It will not end well, not at all….!
What do you think? Would your little ones enjoy these activities?