It’s officially summer, so I’m sharing with you a painted paper plate ladybug craft to do with your toddlers! This craft is adorable as is and you can hang it on a wall, or you can turn it into a woodland insect mobile as I did. (See photo below.) We have ours hanging in the sunroom. The twins Emma and Noah, LOVE seeing the artwork they made hanging in a bright and cheerful room, especially when the wind blows!
With this art project Emma and Noah learned…
- the colors red and black
- what a ladybug is
- how to finger paint
- what a circle is
- placement of dots onto the ladybug
For this project, we began with reading books about ladybugs and showing the children pictures of ladybugs. This was a 2-day project. The first day we had the children use red finger paint and they painted a plain white paper plate. We let that dry overnight.
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On the second day, we showed the children a picture of a ladybug so they could put their dots on their ladybugs. We glued down the black line, and then they put their black dots on their bugs and we glued the dots on. Noah insisted on gathering his dots on or near the black line! So cute! Last we ask them where the head should go and then we glue the head and the antennas on.
The children really enjoyed making their ladybugs. On the second day when I told them let’s go finish your ladybug craft, they smiled and jumped out of their seats to head to our craft room! That’s how excited they get when we say “It’s Arts and Crafts Time!” We made a woodland insect mobile to place in their woodland nursery, but for the summer, it’s hanging in the sunroom!
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You can turn your ladybug into a woodland insect mobile project too!
I hope I inspired you all to make this bright and cheerful ladybug craft with your kids or your grandkids! I’m very pleased with how the twins ladybugs turned out and how much they enjoyed making their ladybug project. I especially love how we turned it into a woodland insect mobile for their woodland nursery!