You can see a video of this project below:
We made paper plate ladybugs this week and they turned out super cute. We did this project over a two day period to make sure we had enough time for the paint to dry.
To make the lady you will need red paint ... glue ... scissors ... black construction paper ... wiggles eyes ... and paper plates. We used the thicker chinette brand for our paper plates.
The first step is to paint the back of the paper plates red. You can do this by using a paint and paint brush or a paint dauber. After we painted the plates we let them dry for the rest of the day.
We cut head shapes out of black construction paper and glued them on to the bottom of the paper plates.
The next step was to glue wiggle eyes on the heads. If you do not have wiggle eyes a different color of construction paper such as yellow or blue cut into small circles will work fine.
We cut circle shapes out of black construction paper and glue them on to the painted paper plate. You can put as many or as little spots on the ladybugs as you want.
We cut black construction paper into 3-4 inch lengths and folded them back and forth (accordion style) for the legs. We glued three on each side of the paper plate.
We hung our ladybugs up around the room. The children got lots of fine motor practice through the use of scissors and gluing pieces together.
You can see a video of this project below:
The free membership printable this week is ladybug even and odd number sorting. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and and cut out the ladybugs and laminated them. I then cut out the leaf patterns and labels and glue them on colored cardstock paper (you could also use construction paper or just leave them as is after printing).
I set the leaf mats out along with the number ladybugs. Children sort the ladybugs by putting the even numbered ladybugs on the the even numbers leaf and the odd numbered ladybugs on the odd numbers leaf.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday June 23rd ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added a ladybug upper and lowercase sort.
ladybug even and odd sort
The free membership printable this week is Ladybug Number Pick and Cover for number recognition and review. I printed everything on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I set the number mat out along with the loose number squares and cover-up circles. You can use a variety of items such as pom poms or playdough for the cover-ups. I have included numbers 0-20 and 0-30 mats.
In this activity the children pick a number card and cover up the same number on the ladybug mat. Play continues until all numbers have been covered.
You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday June 11th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added the monster letter match.
ladybug number pick and cover
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:
The free daily printable this week is Ladybug Number Match which is a great activity for number recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
The children laid out the number leaves on a table (some used the floor) and then the children picked a lady a number and put it on the leaf with the same number.
We did this activity with the numbers out of order the first time and then in numerical order the second time. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday June 7th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section.
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