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Alphabet > Letter L > L is for Ladybug

Animals > Insects | Bugs > Ladybug

Colors > Black and red

Crafts > Shapes > Hearts Ladybug

Holidays and Events >
*Feb. 14th > Valentine's Day

Nursery Rhymes > Ladybug theme

Numbers | Math > Counting, Sizing, Sorting, First Fractions

Online Jigsaw Puzzles > Ladybug

Seasons > Spring Summer















Ages 2.5 + to 6

The ladybug is an insect that is a tiny hero in our gardens, so come and have fun with this tiny and colorful creature.  

The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a ladybug mainly designed with heart shapes.  Note one of the antennas is a number 6 to learn that insects have six legs, the other antenna is an inverted six.  The L legs are optional - and three of them are upper case letter L for Ladybug, and the other three legs are inverted letter L's. Many other printable support materials and links to related activities are provided.   

The craft is appropriate for a St. Valentine's Day theme,  Bible Story  or Nursery Rhyme activities.  

Activity #1:  Ladybug Beetle - Lady Bird Craft  Ages 2.5+ 

Tell the children they are going to have fun with activities related to a wonderful and beneficial insect,  the ladybug!  

Review your options for printing and assembly of the craft that best meets your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:

Printing and assembly options for the craft:

NOTES:
  

1. The craft can be made without legs 
(appropriate for ages 2 to 3 or large groups & limited time situations) and with letter L legs or shape black pipe cleaners in the shape of letter L's.

Option 1:   Print craft color template cut out, conduct learning activities below and assemble.  
Option 2:  Print black and white template.  Children can color, paint or decorate first,  cut out and proceed as above. 
Option 3:  For Large Groups and to recycle left over materials.
Print black & white template on card stock and use as a master template.  Trace the patterns directly on folded construction paper, left-over paper, fun foam to obtain number of pieces indicated.  Body template can be also printed directly on red paper.

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:

1.  Trace and cut pieces on fun foam, use wiggly eyes instead of the eyes template and pipe cleaners for legs and antennas.
3.  Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.  Glue against a gift bag to decorate. 
4.  Puppet:  Glue the craft to a craft stick, or drinking straw for an instant puppet. 

Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose learning activities according to your curriculum needs and children's age.

Shapes & Colors Activity:

1.  Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template pieces (after coloring) or if using the color template.  

Numbers/Pre-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. Sorting & Sizing the Heart Shapes:  Have the children sort the hearts by color and size (smallest to largest)

2. Counting:  Count how many of each  size there are.  You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint the children with printed numbers.  In this activity you may want to also count the eyes.

3.  Fractions:  Tell the children the large heart is divided by a thick line.  Each side represents half of the heart, two halves make a whole or one.

Proceed with craft assembly.  Show the small image provided in the template to help the children see how the finished craft looks and if necessary make a demonstration to aid them in positioning the pieces.  After completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while conducting some of the activities below.

Science-Animals:  Learning about the Ladybug
Hands-On Classroom - Ladybugs at earthbirthday.org

1.  Present some fun facts and images of real ladybugs.  

Here are links to choose fun information and materials appropriate for your teaching needs.

Highlights at earthbirthday.org
* Lesson plan - scientific question, observing and recording
* Fun facts about ladybugs

Highlights at National Geographic Kids Creature feature:
* Ladybugs | Print the creature card and facts

Alphabet Activities:  Letter L is for Ladybug lesson plan and printable activities
Present the lesson plan for letter L for ladybug 

Nursery Rhyme Activities:
Here are links to Nursery Rhyme materials to incorporate in separate activities:

*DLTK's Ladybug, Ladybug Nursery Rhyme Activities and Crafts
Coloring pages, color poster,  finger puppets, letter L Ladybug Tracer other ladybug crafts and more!   

*A Rhyme a Week - Nursery Rhymes for Early Literacy Program - Ladybug, ladybug - Ages 4+
Lesson Plans and activities by Laura B. Smolkin for Core Knowledge.  Review program background  Adapt lesson plans to your curriculum needs.  PDF Format Only
*Ladybug, ladybug Lesson Plans
*Nursery Rhyme Card/Poster
*AN Picture Card Set
*AN Riddle Cards

Children's literature recommendations:  

Ladybug, Ladybug (Picture Puffins) (Baby - Preschool) by Ruth Brown
This book is a delight for preschoolers as it expands beautifully on the nursery rhyme.

The Grouchy Ladybug (Ages 4-8) and other Eric Carle's books.  Great for learning manners and so much fun!

Activity 3 > Online Jigsaw Puzzle > Ladybug
Objective: 
View this image of the animal and review facts.  Problem solving skills.

Have fun with an online puzzle of a real ladybug that can be adapted from 6 pieces to 247.  The whole family can have a try.  Click on the Change Cut button to adjust number and shape of pieces.


Bible Activity Suggestion:
This is also a wonderful insect to include in Bible related activities as it was possibly named after an important and blessed lady -- Mary, the mother of Jesus.  
Idea:  Make the craft and use it to tell a Bible Story related to Mary, such as The Annunciation (great for Mother's Day too!) from the point of view a tiny ladybug as a witness of the event.  Children love when another character, such as a cute animal tells the story.  

 

Ladybug Beetle / Lady Bird Craft

 illustration only
templates below
*Color
*Black and white


Alphabet Letter L Ladybug Lesson plan and printable activities


Online jigsaw puzzle

*Glue or glue stick
*any paper or card stock
materials to color with
*scissors

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