Friday, June 10, 2011



Book Suggestions:
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Ladybugs by Claire Llewellyn
Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
Are you a Ladybug by Judy Allen
The Very Lazy Ladybug by Isobel Finn
Little Ladybug Finger Puppet Book by chronicle Books
Ladybugs by Susan Ashley


Materials: construction paper, glue, scissors
Description: Cut out a ladybug shape from red construction paper and several circles from black construction paper. Show it to your toddler and talk about ladybugs with them. Ask them what color they are, etc. Show them the circles and ask them to name the shape. Talk a little about circles with them. You and your toddler can count the circles together. Your little one can then glue the circles to the ladybug. (You could also do this with the ladybugs legs. Cut out six rectangles and see if your toddler can identify the shape. Count the six legs and have your toddler glue them to the ladybug.)
Skills Targeted: counting, color recognition, shape recognition, understand that insects have 6 legs, motor skill development, language development

Materials: Styrofoam ball, red and black paint, black pipe cleaners, googly eyes
Description: Show them pictures or read them a book about ladybugs. Talk with your little one about the color of a ladybug and how many legs and antennas they have. Help your child paint a Styrofoam ball red. When it dries, they can paint black spots on it. After all the paint is dry, you and your little one can add 6 black pipe cleaners for legs (counting the legs as you go) and two small black pipe cleaners for antennas. You can also glue on googly eyes if you like.
Skills Targeted: color recognition, counting, enhance creativity, motor skill development, sensory development

Pin the Spots on the Ladybug:
Materials: large piece of paper, black paper circles, tape
Description: Draw a large ladybug onto a large piece of paper. Attach it to a wall or door in your house. Give your child several black paper circles with double sided tape on the back of each one. Blind fold your child and have them pin the spots on the ladybug. If your toddler is too young to be blindfolded, they can do this activity without it.
Skills Targeted: motor skill development, follow directions, shape recognition, sensory development

Ladybug, Ladybug:
Description: Sing the Ladybug song to your toddler and do the motions. (sing to the tune of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around)
Ladybug, Ladybug turn around.
Ladybug, ladybug touch the ground.
Ladybug, ladybug jump up and down.
Ladybug, ladybug fly all around.
Skills Targeted: motor skill development, enhance listening skills, follow directions, sensory development

Thumb Print ladybugs:
Materials: red ink pad (or red finger paint), pencil with an eraser, black paint, pen, paper
Description: Talk about the colors of ladybugs with your toddler. Show them pictures or read them a book about ladybugs. Press your toddlers thumb onto a red ink pad, or red finger paint, and then stamp it onto a piece of paper. (you can do this several times) Your child can then dip the pencil eraser into black ink and stamp it onto their thumb prints to make the ladybug's black spots. When the paint is dry, you can add legs, eyes, and antennas to each ladybug with a pen. Count the finished ladybugs with your toddler.
Skills Targeted: counting, color recognition, sensory development, motor skill development, language development, enhance creativity

Pretend to be a Ladybug:
Description: Read a book about ladybugs to your toddler. Talk about how ladybugs fly and walk. Encourage your toddler to act like a ladybug and fly around the house.
Skills Targeted: motor skill development, encourage pretend play, enhance imagination

songs and Fingerplays:

Ladybug Picnic:
1, 2, 3,
4, 5, 6
7, 8, 9,
10, 11, 12...
And they all went down to the ladybug picnic.

Ladybug, Ladybug Fly Away Home: (nursery rhyme)
Ladybug, Ladybug
Fly away home,
Your house is on fire and your children will burn.
All except one, and that's little Ann.
And she's crept under the frying pan.

5 Little Ladybugs:
5 little ladybugs next to the door,
One flew away, now there are 4.

4 little ladybugs that I see,
Another flew away, now there are 3.

3 little ladybugs on my shoe,
Another flew away, now there are 2.

2 little ladybugs having so much fun.
Another flew away, now there is 1.

1 little ladybug sitting in the sun.
It flew off, now there are none.

(sung to the tune of Baa Baa Black Sheep)

Ladybug ladybug colored in red.
with two antennas on its head.
Ladybug ladybug has six legs,
and its body is shaped like an egg.
Ladybug ladybug with black spots.
I like ladybugs a whole lot.

Online Fun:
Coloring Papers:
Visit for a variety of free printable ladybug coloring pages.

Virtual Ladybug Puzzle:
Your little one will have fun putting together this online ladybug puzzle at first-school.

Ladybug Videos:
Visit Sesame Street for your little one to view Sesame Street's Ladybug Picnic video.

Starfall Letter L:
Since Ladybug begins with letter L, it is a great week to visit

Starfall Learn to Read

and focus on letter L.

Ladybug Cupcakes:
ingredients: cupcake mix, muffin tins, icing, red food coloring, chocolate chips, marshmallows
Directions: Make cupcakes according to the directions on the box. Mix the red food coloring with the icing until you get the desired colored for the ladybugs. Your toddler can then help you icing each cupcake. Talk with them about ladybugs while you are doing this. You and your child can then add chocolate chips for the ladybug's spots and marshmallows for their eyes.

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