There are probably as many ways to make a ladybug craft as there are species of ladybugs in the world (Alexa, how many species of ladybugs are there? 5,000!) After reading The Grouchy Ladybug, we combined a few elements of some ladybug crafts to create this one. We like it because it focuses on two pretty challenging fine motor activities for kids: cutting and hole punching. They require some pretty fancy dexterity. So it’s good to start practicing young. By the way, have you seen these cool training scissors?? Maybe they are old news to you, but one look and I was IN LOVE.
- White Paper
- Potato (cut in half)
- Red paint
- Black stamping pad (or black paint)
- Black paper
- Hole puncher
- Start with a white square of paper. Stamp the potato in some red paint and stamp the paper. Then use your thumb and the black ink pad to stamp your thumbprint on the same square. Cut out the potato stamp and the thumbprint.
2. Punch holes in the red circle to make “spots”. Cut the circle in half, then glue the wings onto a black square of paper and add the thumbprint for the ladybug head!
Remember to talk about the book and connections as you craft. Discuss if they ladybug they are making is a grouchy ladybug or a friendly ladybug. You could even talk about other feelings or traits the ladybug could have!
Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.