‘Mummy can I make a ladybird?’ He’s holding a loo roll and looking at me with those huge eager eyes.
My eyes tell me it’s a caterpillar, it’s the wrong shape for a ladybird, we could paint several green and string them together… but I zip my lip.
‘Of course you can lovely, what do you need?’
‘Black paint, red paint and pipe cleaners please’
‘Do you know how many legs a ladybird has lovely?’
‘Six’ he sticks his tongue out to concentrate on his painting and I smile and zip my lip again and I stop interfering, make myself a cup of tea and watch him. He struggles a bit with the sticky tape dispenser and a handful of pipe cleaners but I wait until he asks for help.
‘He needs ten eye too Mummy.’
‘Ten eyes darling? They don’t have ten eyes do they?’
He waggles his fingers above his head and I get another pipe cleaner so he can make the ladybird’s antennae.
Job done. Parenting lesson learned (again!).
Bonus Boy came up with this all by himself but if you need some loo roll inspiration (we have a lot of loo rolls in this house!) Maggy at Red Ted Art has an ebook packed full of ideas all using a loo roll inner!