When we last went to the beach the girls collected a whole load of these shells. To me they look just like lady birds and I thought it would be a fun activity to paint them lady bird colours and use them for some fun learning activities.
Painting shells is a perfect outdoor activity and they dry so quickly in the sun.
We stuck some googly eyes on them and decorated them with black permanent markers. These above are Molly’s little fellas. They turned out so cute. She loved playing with them and making a little lady bug school.
The girls loved playing with them so much I thought it would be a good opportunity to do a bit of sneaky learning. I put the twins’ names on some of the ladybugs so they could sort them and learn to recognise the letters.
I wrote the letters on a piece of green card shaped like a leaf so they could match the ladybug letters.
The twins really enjoyed the activity and didn’t see it as learning at all. It was also good to be outside and gave them five minutes of sitting in the shade to cool down.
I aslo made some ladybugs up like dominoes for some maths activities and number recognition. They would be good for doubling practice. We haven’t had chance to use them yet.
Once the twins get better at recognising their name they will be able to have a try without the letters already written on the leaf.
Shhhh! Come here, I’ve got a secret to tell you. A secret I only share with a few special people like you. Come closer and I’ll whisper in your ear.
You know your teddy? The one you cuddle up to at night, who cheers you up when you’re sad or afraid? He has a secret job. At night teddies come alive and protect you from the monsters under your bed. You may think they are just a bundle of fluff and cuddles, but no – they are fearless monster-fighters in disguise, sent to protect the children of the world from harm.
How do I know? I am a Teddy Protector myself.
I hadn’t seen a monster for years – just a fly or two and a bumble bee in the Summer. The monsters knew I was here, you see. I don’t want to brag but I’ve quite a reputation in these parts: most monsters wouldn’t come within five streets.
The first I knew it wasn’t a normal night was when my little girl came running into the bedroom, shouting and jumping up and down like it was Christmas morning. “It’s out! It’s out! Look Bluebee: my tooth has come out.” Suddenly her face was right in front of me, with a gaping hole where her little tooth should be. She cuddled me tight and put the tooth under her pillow. “I can’t wait for the Tooth Fairy to come!”
Off she ran to get ready for bed. I knew I had to get ready too. It’s not just fairies that want the teeth – monsters do too. I pulled out my trusty Monster Fighter 3000 (a toothbrush to you) and prepared for the long night ahead.
I’m going to be honest and tell you that my eyes were starting to droop just a little bit – I wasn’t asleep – just resting them for a couple of seconds. Something rustled in the darkness and I jumped awake. I saw a furry feeler search around, followed by two large eyes. Before I knew it, the monster was on me. The battle was epic. I pushed him back several times, but he was so strong. He saw the tooth glinting in the moonlight and that made him greedy. He lurched towards it and with all my strength I hit him with my mighty brush. He went flying across the room and, with a whimper was gone. Relieved it was over, I tucked the tooth safely under the pillow.
Of course, in the morning all my little girl could talk about was the fairy money she had found under the pillow and how lucky she was to be visited by the Tooth Fairy. That silly fairy got all the credit! She will never know my part in it.
But at least now you do.
Teddies don’t ask a lot for our work keep you safe. Your smiles and laughter is enough. So please, hug your teddy extra tight tonight and give them a few more cuddles. They deserve it.
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