A mum was mortified when she was called into her daughter’s nursery after staff mistook her four-year-old daughter’s drawing of a slide for an incredibly life-like penis.
Little Amelia Barnhouse had been on a school trip to the Brecon Beacons in Wales where she played on a slide so big she remembered it for the whole month.
So when she was asked to doodle her memories of the trip at nursery, the tot drew a long pink, ridged slide complete two large circular steps at the bottom – leaving staff in fits of giggles.
Mum Vicci, 34, was left “praying the ground would swallow her up” when staff invited her in for a chat at home-time on Friday.
Amelia’s dad Patrick joked he wouldn’t be returning to the nursery again in embarrassment.
But their daughter has enjoyed her new celebrity, even being awarded a gold star by her future headteacher for her efforts.
Vicci, from Cardiff, South Wales, said: “I wanted the ground to swallow me up. It tickled us all
I 100% thought it was x-rated as soon as I saw it – it looking nothing like a slide.
“I was queuing to pick Amelia up as usual and one of her teachers was stood by the door with a workbook to her chest – hiding what was on the page.
“She said ‘can I have a quick chat? We were just wondering what park you take Amelia to?’
“Then she showed me the book and we had teaching assistants and other staff there and we were all roaring with laughter.
“I didn’t want her to think we were all laughing at her so I said ‘Amelia, this is a really good drawing’.
“We’ll be getting the book at the end of July to keep for future reference, so we’ll be saving it for her 18th birthday I think.
I said to the teacher ‘I can’t wait until Dad sees this’, and she said ‘we can’t wait to see Dad!’
“Patrick has actually said he’s not going to take her or pick her up anymore because he’s so embarrassed.”
Vicci said: “The teacher said it’d gone right the way around the school and everyone had had a look at it.
“Amelia’s in nursery and doesn’t start school full time until September, but it even went to the headteacher who gave her a sticker for creating it.
“She’s already in the headteacher’s good books. She made her day by the sounds of it.
“Amelia has an older sister who’s 22 and it’s gone around her office too. Everybody has had a good old giggle today.”
Despite giving her mum a shock with her doodles, Amelia is known as the joker in the family who regularly enjoys acting silly with her two brothers, Ethan, 11, and Declan, 15.
Vicci said: “If she’s not on stage when she’s older, there’ll be something wrong.
“She’s that child – the one who stands around doing something silly while you’re trying to get a photo.”
She added: “All jokes aside, she loves drawing. Her teacher said she’s actually really good, with the detail in this drawing for her age.”