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Ladybug Crafts for Kids

Updated on November 18, 2014
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Do you have a young child like mine who loves ladybugs? Create easy and adorable ladybug crafts and edible ladybugs, read these delightful ladybug books, watch the short ladybug video clips, and assemble ladybug lapbooks and worksheets during this fun hands-on preschool lesson on ladybugs. I collected these ideas to use as a two hour "play date" with my young children and some of their friends. Use these fun ideas with your birthday party, class, family, preschool, or homeschool co-op group!

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Fun Ladybug Crafts

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Image credit: http://www.rainbowswithinreach.blogspot.com/2012/04/ladybug-craft-for-young-children.html

Easiest Paper Plate Ladybug

This is perfect for toddlers!

Have children paste the red construction paper to the bottom of the paper plate. Glue the black circle head to other side of the paper plate so that it only sticks out part way. Glue the eyes and antennae to the head. Glue the legs to the underside of the paper plate, and glue the dots over the red construction paper.

YOU WILL NEED PER CHILD: a piece of red construction paper in a circle slightly larger than a paper plate, a paper plate, glue, 6 black paper dots, 6 black paper legs, 2 black paper antennae, 1 small black circle for the head, & 2 googly eyes

My favorite picture book on ladybugs for toddlers and preschoolers

Are You A Ladybug? (Avenues)
Are You A Ladybug? (Avenues)

This is our favorite book for toddlers and preschoolers as it gives a simple overview of the main traits of a ladybug. The end of the book uses humor to compare a ladybug's traits with a child's traits. It is both cute and educational!

 
Image credit: http://littlestarslearning.blogspot.com/2012/05/ladybug-moveable-paper-plate-craft.html
Image credit: http://littlestarslearning.blogspot.com/2012/05/ladybug-moveable-paper-plate-craft.html

Paper Plate Ladybug with Movable Wings

Have children the bottom of one paper plate black and one red (or have them paste black & red construction paper to the bottoms of the plates if you don't want to wait for paint to dry). Paint black dots over the red paper plate. Glue the black circle head to other side of the paper plate so that it only sticks out part way. Glue the eyes to the head. Use a hole punch to punch 2 holes in head and allow children to attach the pipe cleaner antennae to the head through the holes. Glue the legs to the underside of the paper plate. Cut the red paper plate in half and a punch a hole through the top of each one on the part that you cut. Overlap the 2 half circles and push the brad through the holes in the red paper plate wings and the black paper plate body.

YOU WILL NEED PER CHILD: red and black paint, a paintbrush, 2 paper plates, glue, 1 brad, scissors, 6 black paper legs, 2 black paper or pipe cleaner antennae, 1 small black circle for the head, & 2 googly eyes

My favorite picture book on ladybugs for babies

Ten Little Ladybugs
Ten Little Ladybugs

This is great for babies and young toddlers! It has raised ladybugs and one flies away on each page. It teaches subtraction and includes a short rhyme on each page. I start reading this to my children when they are 9 months old, and they love the illustrations!

 
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Image credit: http://g-kids17.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2009/04/the-earth-day--.html

Ladybug Pet Rocks

Have children paint 3/4 of the rock red (or any other color) and then paint 1/4 of the rock black. Paint a black line down the middle of the colored part of the rock to make it look like 2 wings. Paint small black dots over the red paint. Glue 2 googly eyes to the black head. If desired, spray acrylic matte sealer spray over the dried ladybug per rock to keep the paint from chipping.

YOU WILL NEED PER LADYBUG: a smooth oval or round rock, red & black acrylic paint, a paintbrush, 2 googly eyes, & white craft glue

My favorite picture book on ladybugs for preschoolers and early elementary-aged children

Ladybug at Orchard Avenue - a Smithsonian's Backyard Book
Ladybug at Orchard Avenue - a Smithsonian's Backyard Book

This follows one ladybug and includes her eating habits, predators, and winter activities all in a story-like format. It is perfect for preschoolers and early elementary aged children.

 

Edible Ladybugs

Image credit: http://spoonful.com/recipes/ladybugs-stick
Image credit: http://spoonful.com/recipes/ladybugs-stick

The Fruit & Chocolate Version

Strawberries, Grapes, & Chocolate Chips

Use a toothpick to attach the grape to the top of the strawberry. Press the miniature chocolate chips into the strawberry with the tips facing into the strawberry. If they do not stay, first poke a small hole with a toothpick into the strawberry. If doing this activity with young children, use regular sized chocolate chips. If desired, use a knife to slice a line on one side of the strawberry to make it appear like the separation between wings.

YOU WILL NEED PER LADYBUG: half a red or purple grape or a whole blueberry, a strawberry with stem removed, 4-6 miniature chocolate chips, & a toothpick

More of our favorite picture books on ladybugs

Image credit: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/ritz-ladybug-90165.aspx
Image credit: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/ritz-ladybug-90165.aspx

Cracker & Cream Cheese Ladybugs

Cut 1 round cracker in half and use a toothpick to dot the holes with the jelly. Spread the cream cheese over the other cracker. Attach the 2 cut halves to jut out as wings and place the 2 pieces of licorice toward the front to look like antennae.

YOU WILL NEED PER LADYBUG: 2 round crackers, 1 tsp. cream cheese (softened), 1/4 tsp. strawberry jelly, 1/4 piece of black shoestring licorice (cut in half)

More of our favorite picture books on ladybugs

Image credit: http://www.dinnertool.com/recipes/cute-fruit-snacks-picky-eaters
Image credit: http://www.dinnertool.com/recipes/cute-fruit-snacks-picky-eaters

Apple and Raisin (or Chocolate Chip) Ladybug

Lay the 2 apple quarters with the red side facing up to appear as wings. Place the grape, cherry, or blueberry where the 2 wings meet to appear as the head. Dip each raisin or chocolate chip in peanut butter or frosting and then lay them on the apple to appear as spots. If desired add 2 small pieces of licorice to appear as antennae and 6 small pieces to appear as legs.

YOU WILL NEED PER LADYBUG: 2 quarters of a red apple, raisins or chocolate chips, a purple grape or a cherry or a blueberry, peanut butter or chocolate frosting, & 2 small pieces of black shoestring licorice (optional)

More of our favorite picture books on ladybugs

Free Ladybug Lapbooks & Worksheets

More of our favorite picture books on ladybugs

Fun Ladybug Video Clips

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      Jen 4 years ago from Canada

      Those pet rock ladybugs are really cute.

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @auntjennie: Thank you!

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      You've got some cute crafts and activities!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @blessedmomto7: Thank you!

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