"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10, 11,12 and the ladybugs came
to the ladybug picnic."
Elizabeth Mitchell has a wonderful collection of childrens folk songs and we discovered them only recently searching through ITunes, looking for kids songs to put on the Ipod for the car.
I was getting kinda tired of the same 20 songs that were on the kids playlist so I went searching for something a bit different, and I found a few wonderful albums that are so peaceful and dreamlike, that they really took me back to the songs I remember when I was a child.
We have been singing happily along to these gorgeous tunes in the car, and this song in particular inspired me to create a toy of sorts that allows the song to be acted out.
There is something magical about Ladybugs and my kids have loved playing with the one I made for them, so I made another for a gift, to take to a kids party this weekend.
The leaf is slightly padded and has a pocket on one side that holds the picnic rug and the 12 ladybugs.
You can re-live the magic of this song here, and listen to some more of her delightful music as well. The album is called "You are my Sunshine" and I have been singing this particular song to my kids for years, as it was sung to me.
Now Rosie can count to twelve with great ease and a certain sing -song in her voice . . . we'll have to teach her about thirteen and the rest soon!