C is very into colours right now. Since spring is on the way (really it is though, yes, I may be in denial about the snow), I thought we’d start a rainbow of bugs. We’re going to use paper plates for each of them. So here is our red installment: a ladybug!
I had C paint the plate earlier so it was dried and ready to go. We gathered the rest of our supplies and I had prepped the cut pieces ahead of time so C wouldn’t be waiting around (and getting into mischief). We had the red paper plate, a black semi circle, a black strip of paper, black paper antennae, six black dots (C wanted three dots on each side), two googly eyes, three black pipe cleaners cut in half, glue, and a paintbrush to apply it with.
I helped C with the positioning of the line, antennae, and the face. C put on the eyes, dots, and legs himself. A couple of tips regarding the legs: I folded the tip of each end of the pipe cleaners just so they aren’t pokey. Also I taped the legs after the glue had dried so they would stay on better.
Here are some great toddler friendly books about ladybugs for some fun reading after crafting.
The Very Lazy Ladybird by Isobel Finn and Jack Tickle. This book is about a ladybug who never learns to fly because she’s always sleeping.
Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth. This book has little plastic bugs on the page for a fun tactile touch and the pictures are very pretty.
The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle. This book is a bit more advanced as there is time telling involved. However, the majority of the story line is about a ladybug in a fighting mood and how he learns his lesson. And, of course, there are Eric Carle’s fabulous illustrations to enjoy which is always a draw for me:)
Any other book recommendations out there?