With summer coming, kids are no doubt spending more time exploring the great outdoors and finding flowers, sticks, and bugs. This activity gives kids a chance to learn about ladybugs while developing their fine motor skills.
This is what you’ll need:
- Foam sheets cut into circles (for the ladybug bodies)
- Markers, bingo bottles, or Do-A-Dot Art markers
- Plastic tub
- Spray bottles
- A great book about ladybugs (optional)
Step 1 – Introduce the ladybugs
Go on a nature walk or explore the backyard looking for ladybugs. If you have a storybook about ladybugs, read it to the kids.
*Tips for parents: Talk about the colors you find on the ladybugs. Many ladybugs are red with black spots, but some are yellow with black spots. Did you find any ladybugs that come in other colors?
Step 2 – Add spots to your ladybugs
Have your child draw spots on the ladybugs with markers, bingo bottles, or Do-A-Dot markers. (You can also get creative and try different materials, like corks and washable paints or thumbprints and washable stamping ink.
*Tips for parents: Discuss the shape of the spots. Are they square? Triangles? Circles? Reference your book or a ladybug you might have found in the yard if kids are not sure.
Step 3 – Wash off the spots
*Tips for parents: Experiment with different colors or materials to make spots after every wash. If you’re up for it, fill the bottom of the plastic tub with a little water and let kids play around in it. Kids love the sensory experience of playing with water, especially if they are outside on a warm summer day!
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