It is quite a well-known fact that Libby and Lia’s love of watching nursery rhymes on the computer drives me bonkers. I don’t know whether it’s the fact that they’re so obsessed with them, the tantrums they throw when I stop them watching or whether quite frankly it’s just the fact that they’re so flipping annoying.
Either way, I’m always looking for distractions that they prefer instead of being in front of the screen. Libby loves to play doctors and is usually quite happy to play on her own with a teddy bear. Both girls enjoy play dough so that’s another option when I’m able to supervise quite closely to make sure it doesn’t go in Lia’s mouth.
Luckily, when we were on holiday we had no WiFi so they lived without nursery rhymes for an entire week. We haven’t got the computer out for them since getting back despite a couple of requests, so now they’re starting to turn to books to occupy themselves again instead of the screen.
When we got back from our holiday, a new book from MacMillan Children’s Books was waiting for us.
Walter’s Wonderful Web was written and illustrated by Tim Hopgood. He previously wrote Wow! Said the Owl, which is a firm favourite for both girls so we were excited to see what Walter the Spider had in store.
Walter, by all accounts is a bit rubbish at being a spider. His webs are all wobbly and they keep blowing away. So he starts weaving them into different shapes to see if they hold up any better.
I was quite surprised at how well Libby took to this book, she tends to feel a bit too grown up for board books these days, so I usually read them with Lia. But we all read this one together and it was great to reinforce Libby’s knowledge of shapes.
I stopped and asked her which shape each web was and then we picked some shapes out of the final web that Walter weaves right at the end with all sorts of shapes in it. This seemed to make her really focus on the book and we ended up reading it twice. I think I’ll go back through it sometime without Libby there to try to get Lia more engaged with learning the shapes too.
I was also rather excited to receive some information from MacMillan about Two Hoots publishing. This branch of MacMillan will be producing unusual and exceptional books because they “don’t give two hoots for convention”.
This is of interest to me from two points of view. Firstly because I know the girls are going to love these new style of books. And secondly because my sister and I are currently putting together a book that will be unconventional to say the least. We thought it was time someone broke the mould and it’s a bit of a relief to hear that publishers are thinking along the same lines. But that, as they say, is a story for another day.