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GROUCHY LADYBUG

After reading The Grouchy Ladybug we made our own grouchy ladybugs.


I displayed these cute grouchy ladybugs on my door. After a few weeks I combined them all in a book. Class favorite.

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Ladybugs Fly
      Youngsters will go buggy in all directions when singing this song--so make sure you provide them with plenty of room to move! To make a ladybug finger puppet for each child, collect a supply of red jug lids. Hot-glue a black pom-pom to each jug lid; then glue two wiggle eyes to the pom-pom. Using a permanent black marker, embellish the ladybug's body with dots. Insert a ball of play dough into the lid. To use his puppet, a child presses a finger into the dough. Fly, fly away!
 (sung to the tune of "Three Blind Mice")
Fly, fly, fly.
 Ladybugs fly.
Fly over here.
Fly over there.
They fly up high and they fly down low.
Around and around and around they go.
They fly-fly fast, and they fly-fly slow.
Oh, ladybugs fly!

LADY BUG ART
Ladybug Fun
Need:
2 paper plates
Black and red poster paint
Black and white construction paper
Black felt pen
Staples or paper fastener
Sponge cut in a circle

Cut one paper plate in half.  Have children paint the back of the whole paper plate black.  Have children paint the back of both halves red. Take the round sponge and blot circles with black paint onto the two half pieces
for the lady bugs spots. Allow to dry.  Attach both halves (with paper fastener) at the top of the back of black plate to form wings.  Draw head and antennae from construction paper and attach to top of ladybug, (can be
fastened at same time as wings) You can also use black pipe cleaners for the antennas.  Cut round white circles for eyes and use felt pen to color in middle for pupil. (Can use large wiggly eyes instead)  Hang up side down to make the ladybug appear to be flying.

LADYBUG LADYBUG
Ladybug, Ladybug
Capitalize on your little ones' fascination with ladybugs to catch their attention in some numeral practice. Cut ladybug shapes out of construction paper; then color and laminate them. Using a permanent marker, write a
numeral on each of the cutouts. Paint a supply of milk jug lids black to represent ladybug spots. To use the center, a youngster places spots on each of the ladybugs to match the indicated numeral.

Five Little Ladybugs...
Submitted by Christa
Five little ladybugs climbing up a door
One flew away then there were four
Four little ladybugs sitting on a tree
One flew away then there were three
Three Little ladybugs landed on a shoe
One flew away then there were two
Two little ladybugs looking for some fun
One flew away and then there was one
One little ladybug sitting in the sun
She flew away and then there were none

Five Little Lady Bugs
Five little lady bugs sitting in a tree, (hold up five fingers)
The first one said, "I 'm glad I'm me." (wiggle thumb)
The second one said, "I feel great too," (wiggle pointer finger)
The third one said, "How about you?" (wiggle middle finger)
The fourth one said, "It's time to fly away," (wiggle ring finger)
The fifth one said, "We'll talk another day." (wiggle little finger)
Rita Galloway

Little Red Bug
Little red bug, oh so cute
Here's a black spot for your suit.
Now you go and have some fun,
With your spot, your very first one.

Little red bug, oh so cute.
Here's a black spot for your suit.
It's so nice to own a few,
So enjoy these lovely two.

Little red bug, oh so cute.
Here's a black spot for your suit.
We are pleased to see,
How you look with all three.

Little red bug, oh so cute.
Here's a black spot for your suit.
You might feel that you need more,
So we proudly give you four.

Little red bug, oh so cute.
Here's a black spot for your suit.
Heaven, heaven sakes alive,
Look at you you're wearing FIVE!
Susan M. Paprocki

LADYBUG PINS
Submitted by Lisa
We also took plastic spoons and poured plaster of paris in them - let them harden and then popped them out.  You now have the body of a little ladybug ready to paint.  A magnet could go on the back or you could insert a safety pin before it hardens to make a lovely ladybug pin for grandma!

LADYBUG IDEAS
Submitted by Kim
Ladybug Paperweights: Take the children on a walk to find ladybug shaped rocks. Have the children paint their rocks red. Allow the paint to dry. Let each child use a black felt tip marker to draw a line and several dots on his or her painted rock. Glue felt to the bottoms of the ladybug paperweights.

Ladybug Prints: Have the children press their thumbs on red stamp pads or red paint and make thumbprints on pieces of white paper. Then let them turn their thumbprints into ladybugs by adding dots and six legs to each one with black markers.

Ladybug Puzzle Game: Cut large ladybug shapes out of red poster board, one for every two children. Attach black self stick circles to each shape. Cut each shape into two puzzle pieces. Mix up all the pieces and give one to each child. Then have the children move around the room and try to find their puzzle partners by matching up their puzzle pieces. When all the ladybug puzzles have been put together, mix up the pieces and play the game again.

Ladybug Number Books: For each child cut five large ladybug shapes out of red construction paper. Put the shapes together, punch two holes on the left-hand side and tie with yarn to make a book. Use black felt tip markers to number the pages from 1 to 5. Give a book and fifteen black  self stick circles to each child. Help the children put the appropriate numbers of black circles on their pages according to the numbers written on them.

Ladybug Matching Game: Draw a ladybug shape on each of ten index cards and divide the cards into pairs. l Mark each pair of ladybugs with a different number of spots. Mix up the cards and let the children take turns counting the spots on the ladybugs to find the matching pairs.

Lucky Ladybug: Cut a large ladybug shape out of red felt and several black spots out of black felt. Place the ladybug shape on a flannel board. Sing the song with the children and ask a child to put tow felt spots on the ladybug shape. Take the spots off and sing the song again, this time naming a different number of spots. Ask another child to add that many spots to the ladybug shape. Repeat the song until each child has had a chance to put spots on the ladybug.
Sung to "The Muffin Man"
Lucky ladybug has two spots,
Has two spots, has two spots.
Lucky ladybug has two spots,
Lucky Ladybug.

I'm a Little Ladybug (I'm a little Teapot)
I'm a little ladybug on the go,
Landing on an arm, now an elbow.
See me fly around and around your hand,
Now watch as on your thumb I land.
I'm a little ladybug searching for some toes,
But watch me quickly land on your nose.
Now I look around and head for your hair,
I muss it up a bit, then pat it down with care.
I'm a little ladybug looking for a knee,
I'm just so happy you're not bugged by me.
Now you see me heading for your chest,
This little ladybug needs some rest.

Title: Lady Bug Count
Submitted by Peg
Math
Five Little Ladybugs...
Five little ladybugs climbing up a door
One flew away then there were four
Four little ladybugs sitting on a tree
One flew away then there were three
Three Little ladybugs landed on a shoe
One flew away then there were two
Two little ladybugs looking for some fun
One flew away and then there was one
One little ladybug sitting in the sun
She flew away and then there were none
 (May be used on a flannel board)

Ladybugs...
Lady bug, lady bug,
How are you today?
Lady bug, lady bug,
Are you going to stay?
Lady bug, lady bug,
Or will you fly away.

Ladybugs Fly...
(Three Blind Mice)
Fly, fly, fly.
Ladybugs fly..
Fly over here.
Fly over there.
They fly up high and they fly down low.
Around and around and around they go.
They fly fast, and they fly-fly slow.
Oh, ladybugs fly.

Spray paint dried lima beans red on both sides. When dry, put spots on with black permanent marker. Count and sort "ladybugs" by the number of spots on each "bug". We use these when we do our insect unit.

 

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