Monday, April 16, 2012

Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly to my Home - Toddler Art Project

Ladybug Ladybug Fly To My Home

Age: 18 Months - 5 Years (younger ones need more supervision)

Time: 10 - 15 min (+ Prep)

Theme: Ladybugs & Beetles

Books: The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle, Can You Make a Scary Face? By Jan Thomas, Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming

Black & Red Construction Paper
Parchment or Wax Paper
Round Head Fasteners (they look like little nails but the bottom is two tongs that bend flat)
Adults get to use Scissors and a Hole Punch

Prep: From construction paper cut: 1 bug body (I used ¼ sheet of black paper to make an oval with a head ‘bump’) and a pair of outer wings (apx. 4” oval cut in half - red). For inner wings cut a pair of teardrop shaped wings from the parchment/wax paper (apx. 4-1/2” long). Punch a hole at the top of each wing and at the ‘neck’ of the body.

Activity: Each child gets a pair of outer wings, inner wings, bug body and a fastener. With a little help, assemble the ladybug by stacking the pieces upside down on the fastener (red-red-white-white-black) then spreading the ‘tongs’ to hold it together. Color your ladybugs wings with dots, hearts, stripes, whatever you like!

Notes/Tips: Larger fasteners are easier for little fingers, so choose ones that are ½” or larger. The size and shape of these bugs can easily be modified to become a part of a larger ‘garden’ collage or to sit on tissue paper flowers.  

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