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This summer, read Ladybugs from Gail Gibbons to your preschoolers. Then, create a simple yet fun claypot ladybug craft for kids.
While this craft is designed to go with the book from Gail Gibbons, it really can go well with any book about ladybugs you may have on your shelf. It’s the perfect book-based craft for spring and summer lessons.
Ladybug Craft for Kids
This sweet craft is perfect for little kids. It’s easy to make and requires very few supplies. You can personalize this craft by using fingerprints for the ladybug spots.
What You’ll Need
- Small clay pot
- Red and black craft paint
- Paint brushes
- Paper plate
- Black pipe cleaner (cut in half)
- Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
- Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons
What You’ll Do
Set the clay pot on a paper plate.
Paint the clay pot red. Set aside to dry.
Using the black paint, paint a line down the front of the clay pot. Paint spots on the sides of the line. Allow time to dry.
Fold the pipe cleaner half, in half. Curl the ends (for the antennae.)
Place a small dot of hot glue on the point of the antennae.
Attach to the inside of the clay pot above the black line. Fold the antennae back and set the ladybug on the side.
Books About Ladybugs
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of picture books that will help your preschoolers get excited about ladybugs.
You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
The Grouchy Ladybug – As children follow the Grouchy Ladybug on her journey, they will learn the important concepts of time, size, and shape, as well as the benefits of friendship and good manners.
Are You a Ladybug? – The book follows a ladybug through its life cycle from an egg to getting its wings.
Counting with a Ladybug – Twelve bright pages feature an animal-packed number rhyme to read aloud. From one little ladybug to ten noisy ducklings, preschoolers will soon be counting the garden friends as they follow the tactile trails, feel the intriguing die-cut pictures, and embark on an animal adventure.
Enhance Your Activity Time
Keep the fun going when you add this adorable ladybug costume to your dress-up box.
Kids of all ages will love watching this ladybug wand blow on the wind.
These set of rainbow wooden ladybugs are the perfect toy to expand your child’s imagination. They are the perfect addition to any play setting.
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