Ladybug Book and Craft
Since most toddlers love colorful pictures and fun stories, a reading of The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle is a wonderful way to familiarize young children with this type of insect. When reading this book to a group of toddlers, take time to point out the red and black body of the ladybug, the environment in which it lives, and the relationship of its size to that of larger animals in the story. After completing The Grouchy Ladybug, continue the insect toddler lesson plan with a cute ladybug craft.
Materials needed for ladybug craft:
- Whole white plain paper plates
- Plain white paper plates cut in half
- Black and red paint
- Sponges for spongepainting
- Brad clips
- Black construction paper (cut in the shape of a circle for the head and a smaller size circle for black dots ahead of time)
- White chalk
- Black pipe cleaners cut into 3 inch pieces
- Hole Punch
1. Have the toddlers sponge paint the whole paper plates with black paint. Have the toddlers sponge paint the half paper plates with red paint. Allow this part of the craft to dry before going on with the next step.
2. Use the brad clip to attach the two half plates to the whole paper plate. The black whole paper plate is the ladybug's body. The two red half paper plates are the ladybug's wings.
3. Give the toddlers a piece of white chalk and a pre-cut black construction paper circle. Ask the toddlers to use the chalk to draw the face of the ladybug. They may use the white glue to attach the ladybug's head at the point where the brad clip attaches the two wings to the body.
4. Give the toddlers the smaller black construction paper pre-cut circles to glue on to the wing portion of the ladybug. These are the black poka dots on the ladybug's wings.
5. Use the hole punch to punch out three holes on each side of the whole paper plate. Ask the toddlers to loop six pipe cleaners through each of the holes. You may need to help the children wrap the pipe cleaners around itself to secure it tightly.