The paper ladybirds have redeemed themselves.
The day after I remarked that Sometimes It Just Doesn't Happen I resolved to try again.
This time we started out by drawing around ourselves.
First Eleanor lay on the paper while I traced her outline, then Phoebe, with many a wriggle, did likewise.
Then I lay down and Eleanor, with much giggling, drew around me.
Lastly we added faces and hair to the pictures and there we were, as large as life.
When we had our paper us-es we spread them out on the floor and started to compare them.
Some things were the same: we all had two arms and two legs for example.
Some were different: I was by far the tallest, Phoebe was the smallest.
After looking at all the similarities and differences we could think of we agreed that we were more the same than we were different.
Next we got down the paper ladybirds and the paper butterflies.
Could we find any ways that we were the same?
We found a few: we all have legs for example, but there were a lot more differences than there were similarities, we decided that humans weren't all that much like insects.
When we compare the butterflies and ladybirds to one another it became much more interesting
There were plenty of similarities: both had six legs for example, but although the two insects looked very different it was quite hard to think of real, rather than cosmetic differences.
Eventually we agreed that ladybirds don't eat nectar and butterflies don't eat aphids but that, as with humans, these insects were a lot more alike than they originally appeared.
Then, finally, I got around to the point I had been trying to make earlier in the week: we folded the paper humans.
After some pondering Eleanor observed that the two sides were the same ("Except Phoebe because she moved").
We talked a little about symmetry: were the paper ladybirds symmetrical?
And the paper butterflies?
What about a cat? A dog? A rabbit?
Eleanor flew about collecting toy animals and we established that they were all, in fact symmetrical.*
And then I asked her to think of an animal that wasn't symmetrical.
And she couldn't.
And I showed her a video of a fiddler crab on YouTube.
And everything was lovely.
And then we watched a video of a hedgehog having a bath.
Just because we wanted to.
*The tiger, of course, has a fearful symmetry.