Materials needed: Construction paper of many colors, scissors, glue, stickers, pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes.
Game pieces: Fold a pipe cleaner in half. Wind the pipe cleaner in a coil with the open points out. Curl the end up like antennae. Glue wiggly eyes.
Instructions: Cut out circles, squares, triangles and octagons. Index cards cut in two, colored markers, laminate or contact paper.
Cut out several small shapes in different colors. Apply a shape of each color on ½ of an index card. Label the card in the correct color with the color, and shape.
Put bug stickers on 4 cards.
Arrange the other shapes in a wiggly line on a blank piece of construction paper.
To Play: Set the cards upside down next to the game board. Have the child choose a card, read the card together. Play by color or shape. Child moves bug game piece to chosen color and shape.
A Lady Bug literacy activity which includes letter match, and writing letters.
Read: “Five Little Ladybugs” by Melanie Gerth and Laura Huliska-Beith
Rhyme: Two Little Lady Bugs Flying To and Fro.
Materials needed: 4 pieces of construction paper: yellow, black, red, orange; word cards, letter cards, pencils, small lady bug pictures or stickers; scissors, glue.
Lady Bug, Lady Bug fly away home. Some ladybugs are black with red spots; some are yellow, orange, pink, and red. Here is a fun Lady Bug logic game that you can make with the children!
Matching Lady Bug Game: Math/logic Children will make their own Lady Bug matching game. This is a teacher directed activity.
Give each child a pair of large circles, two smaller red circles, and two identical strips of white stickers. Let the children construct their two lady bugs. You will need at least 5 sets of similar Lady Bug cards to play the game. You might want to make some extras just in case.
Extension Activity: Now that you have a set of cards, you could use them for a math activity. Separate the cards into two piles. Purchase little Lady Bug manipulates or toys. One child draws a card and counts out the number listed on the card.
Do you ever wonder why ladybugs have spots? Or what a baby ladybug looks like? Check out our cool resources to find out.
Crafts and games about ladybugs:
Ladybug Math and Logic Game
Ladybug Who What When Where Story
Ladybug Adventure Book
Ladybug Letter Match
Paper Plate Ladybug
Ladybug Adventure Game
The Discovery Channel also has some interesting facts about the life cycle of ladybugs
Would you like to play a game about ladybugs? Here is one from UC Berkeley.