Whether we plan to or not, somehow ladybugs always enter are activities in the spring. About two weeks ago my oldest daughter found a ladybug while we were playing outside. She decided to create a ladybug habitat for it, and so began another venture in all things ladybug.
My youngest daughter enjoys painting, so one day after school we decided to create some ladybug art. No paint brushes required!
Create Your Own Ladybug Art
This is a two-day project so plan ahead if you’ll be doing this in the classroom.
On day one we started with a large sheet of white paper, a water balloon filled with air, and some red paint. I saw this cool balloon stamping Earth Day project, and it made me think balloon stamping would be great for this activity too. So we decided to give it a try.
Tinker used the balloon to stamp red paint for the ladybug bodies. She liked seeing the different shape made based on how hard she squished or whether she rolled the balloon.
Before getting started on day two we stopped to look at a diagram of a ladybug’s parts. Then we gathered a clothespin, a black pom pom, a cotton swab, and black paint. We’ve shared before how we like to paint with pom poms, and Tinker used that simple technique to paint the head on each ladybug.
Next she grabbed the cotton swab and stamped dots on the ladybugs. She spent a lot of time on this part, making share every ladybug had a lot of spots.
Next she added the antennae. She insisted the little dots at the end were very important.
Finally she very carefully added six legs to each ladybug.
I absolutely loved seeing her so intently focused on her creation.
And in addition to creating some adorable ladybug art, she also got a lot of fine motor practice, counting practice, and a bit of a science lesson too.
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This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Editable Name Bug Activity
2) Counting Insect Parts Diagram and Math Activity
3) Here is the Insect Emergent Reader (3 Variations)
4) Uppercase and Lowercase Alphabet and Hand Lens Letter Cards
5) Insect Life Cycle Recording Sheet
6) Insect Counting Puzzles (3 Variations)
7) Insect Patterning Cards
8) Insect Roll and Graph Games (2 Versions)
9) Insect Build A Word Mats
10) Lightning Bug Numbers Counting Activity
11) Insect Size Sorting Activity
12) Insect or Not an Insect Sorting Activity
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