This story could
be used during nap time in a preschool set-up. Characteristics
peculiar to different animals are brought about in this story.
Children can also be encouraged to participate in the music
and movement component of the story through the little rhyme/song
at the end. This will help to make the story and the messages
through the story more relevant to the child.
Playing Among The Stars
It was a bright
sunny day. Lottie Ladybird decided she wanted to play. Who
will play with me, she wondered. Let me ask Eenie Earthworm.
“Hey Eenie Earthworm, will you play with me?”
Eenie Earthworm shook his head sadly. “I am sorry, Lottie
Ladybird, but I have to help my Mum gather some leaves for
Lottie Ladybird scuttled on till she met Sleepy Snail. “Hey
Sleepy Snail, will you play with me?” Sleepy Snail popped
his head out from his shell. “I am sorry, Lottie Ladybird,
but I am sleepy as can be”.
Lottie Ladybird scurried on till she met Cathy Caterpillar.
“Hey Cathy Caterpillar, will you play with me?”
Cathy Caterpillar unwound herself. “I am sorry, Lottie
Ladybird, but my family have all turned into butterflies and
now its time for me”.
to play with me,” cried Lottie Ladybird as she sat down
by the river. She sat there all evening and fell off to sleep.
When she got up, she was surprised to see that the sky was
full of pretty golden stars. “What’s the matter,
Lottie Ladybird”, twinkled a tiny little star. “Why
are you so sad?”
“Nobody is free to play with me” sobbed Lottie
Ladybird. “We will play with you, Lottie” twinkled
another one. “But you are so high up in the sky! I won’t
be able to reach up”, grumbled Lottie Ladybird. “Well,
we could carry you up here” said one of the stars.
asked Lottie Ladybird. “Oh yes!” answered one
of the shiniest stars in the sky.
“Can you count the number of stars in the sky?”
asked Big Star. “Of course I can!” said Lottie.
“1...2...3...4....oh my goodness! There are so many
stars in the sky! There must be millions of you up there!”
“Good job, Lottie and for that, you win a prize!”
Lottie soon found
herself carried up in the sky by two pretty stars. All the
stars gathered around Lottie. Sparkles, the naughtiest star
said, “Let’s play Hide-and-go-twinkle!”
Lottie Ladybird giggled as she tried looking for the stars
that hid everywhere in the sky- under some clouds and even
in the branches of large trees. “This is so much fun!”
said Lottie as she found Sparkles hidden behind the Moon itself.
Lottie and the little stars played all night and had lots
of fun. Soon it was time for the sun to come up and the stars
hummed as they said goodbye to Lottie Ladybird. “Do
play with us again, Lottie” cried Baby Star. Lottie
waved goodbye as the King and Queen Stars carried her down
to her home. “This has been the BEST night of my life!”
said Lottie as she settled down to sleep in her bed. And she
I didn’t have to go too far
To find some friends and lots of fun
I really must be a special one
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder where you now are!