Today we are making a cute little ladybug with a paper plate and buttons.
Start by flipping your paper plate upside down so the middle part sits off the ground, and color it red with your crayons. Then take your black marker and draw 2 semicircles along the sides. Now glue on your buttons and googly eyes. If you have trouble getting everything to stay down with glue, double sided tape works wonders! Now take your pipe cleaner and curl one end to make a little antennae. Cut and glue (or tape) above the googly eyes and repeat for the other antennae. Draw a little smile below the eyes and you have made yourself a cute ladybug!
A couple cute stories featuring ladybugs are 10 Little Ladybugs for babies and toddlers (I love the 3d effect in the book for little hands to touch) and the adorable Ladybug Girl series for preschool and early elementary ages. I know The Grouchy Ladybug is supposed to be a classic too, but I have to say I'm not a fan. The ladybug is a jerk the whole book lol! Take a trip outside with your child and see if you can spot any ladybugs. A few quick facts about them: Some gardeners keep them around because they eat aphids, a pest that eats plants. Their red and black coloring is a warning sign to predators that they may be toxic (though not to humans, don't worry!) Also, there are nearly 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs worldwide. Wow!