Ladybug Beetle Craft - Heart Shapes
Preschool Printable Activity

Ladybug Beetle Craft - Heart Shapes - Preschool Printable Activity


  • printer
  • paper or card stock, or print B&W template to red paper.
  • scissors
  • glue
  • coloring tools for black & white templates
  • Optional: black pipe cleaners for legs

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

The craft is appropriate for various holidays, such as St. Valentine's Day; nursery rhyme or picture book activities. View other heart shapes animal crafts.

Craft instructions and learning activities:

  • Print template of your choice. Color if applicable.
  • Using the leg patterns, trace and out cut three of each from black paper, or substitute with pipe cleaners.
  • Learning activities to conduct before craft assembly:
    • Shapes & Colors Activity: Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template.
    • Numbers/Pre-Math Activities: Templates should be decorated and cut out.
      • Sorting & Sizing: Have children sort the shapes by color and size (smallest to largest).
      • Counting: Count how many of each size there are, and how many in total.
        You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint the children with printed numbers.
  • Craft assembly: Show the small image provided in the template to help children to assemble the craft.
    1. Glue antenna to the head.
    2. Glue eyes real close to the top of the head.
    3. Glue head slightly under the body.
    4. Glue heart "spots" to the body.
    5. Glue paper legs or tape pipe cleaners.
    6. Optional: Write L l ladybug behind the craft.


  • Close template window after printing to return to this screen.
  • Set page margins to zero (minimum) if you have trouble fitting the template on one page or review Print Help.

Ladybug Beetle Craft Heart Shapes Preschool Printable Activity

Ladybug Hearts Craft:     color     B&W

Other decorations and ideas for the craft:

  • Paste wiggly eyes over the printed eyes.
  • Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back to use as decoration or ornament.
  • Puppet: Glue the craft to a craft stick.

Complimentary activities:

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