The free membership printable this week is ladybug math. This is a great activity for number recognition as well as fine motor development. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out ... and then laminated them.
I set the ladybugs out along with black pony beads for the children to use as counters. If you do not have pony beads you can also use playdough that has been rolled into small balls.
In this activity the children count out and put the same number of pony beads on the ladybug that is indicated on the leaf. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday June 12th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added ladybug alphabet and number matching.
We are starting our ladybug theme next week and I made a color match that could be done using a muffin tin in one of our outdoor centers.
I made twelve color circles ... each a different color... and put them in the bottom of a muffin tin tray. I ran the colored circles through my xyron sticker maker so they would stick to the muffin tin. Double sided tape or tape that has been rolled up also works well.
I will set the muffin tin out with the colored circles in the bottom and put the colored ladybugs next to the muffin tin. I made two different kinds of ladybugs ... one full color and one with a color circle on a white body. You can chose what kind you would like to use. I will be using both sets for the children to match.
The children will put the ladybugs in the muffin tin section with the same color. For younger children you may only want to make one or two sets of the ladybugs as too many can be somewhat overwhelming when there are twelve colors.
You can download the patterns here and see a video of this activity below:
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