Mighty Girl (7.2) has been creating her own worlds recently. I think it was inspired by the maps at the start of books, but she gets inspiration from all sorts of places.
She has been creating small creatures out of blu-tac – this isn’t the best modelling material as it’s a bit too east to squish out of shape, but she’s made a series of teeny tiny snails, named them and then created Snail Land.
The houses are all named with who lives there. Fast’s house has a medal in the window. There’s also Slow, Tiny, and Big. I wonder who Mrs Careful is, and what happens in Snail Hall?
I’m really curious to see where she takes her latest creation. She’s planning to write some stories based on the characters and world she’s been creating.
I remember creating characters and worlds when I was about twelve or so, inspired by The Lord of the Rings. MG just seems to make things up as she goes along, and I don’t like to interfere in case I put her off.
She’s been reading the Harry the Poisonous Centipede books, which has made her really interested in insects. We looked at the insect displays in Oxford’s Museum of Natural History, and both girls weren’t at all phased by the live tarantula, cockroach, and mantises in glass boxes either.
When they were very young, MG and DG weren’t bothered by insects, but they learned fear as they grew so it’s really good to see that Harry has reduced fear by anthropomorphising creepy crawlies! We’ve been watching YouTube clips of giant poisonous centipedes munching tarantulas and lizards, which led to watching YouTube clips of venomous spiders and gigantic insects!
Luckily Mostly Books have a great offer on Moonlight Publishing‘s gorgeous First Discoveries books, so we bought Animal Camouflage and Let’s Look at Insects to continue the insect theme. The books are for the 5-8 age range, but are suitable for older and are huge fun with see-through plastic pages, especially the ones with a ‘torch’. Some of the titles are aimed at 7-9 year olds.