Landed on my thumb,
Crawled onto my wrist
And crawled up to my elbow.
Crawled up my arm,
And then she flew away...
When my older son was a toddler we regularly attended a library story-time, the highlight of which was the moment the librarian brought out a large bucket full of tiny ladybug finger-puppets. The roomful of toddlers made a mad-dash for those ladybug finger-puppets and then everyone would sing the little song I inscribed above. Remembering this, I stitched up a ladybug puppet for my current toddler-in-residence to go with the little song...
|by Shannon of Rhythm & Rhyme|
I based the design of my first ladybug finger-puppet on this tutorial by Shannon of the blog Rhythm & Rhyme. Her pattern yields a plump, round ladybug, perfect for little toddler hands. Note: To make this into a finger-puppet, I added a second layer of felt to the base and left the end of the second layer unsewn to create space for a finger.
Of course, this first ladybug finger-puppet never stayed on my finger for very long, what with my wee Bloom craving to hold the ladybug puppet himself, so I quickly whipped up another finger-puppet. This second puppet is flat -- not quite so round, plump and squeezable, but just as tickly as she makes her way from thumb, to wrist, to elbow to shoulder!
In case you'd like to make a ladybug of your own and sing along, here is a video of the song...
Note: This post has been linked to Creative Friday at Natural Suburbia and Friday's Nature Table at Magic Onions.