Torn paper grouchy ladybugs

One of my favorite authors is Eric Carle and with his birthday coming up on June 25th, I thought I would spend a little time sharing ideas that I have used to extend his books in my classroom….

“The Grouchy Ladybug” is about a ladybug that spends an entire day picking a fight with each new animal or creature she encounters throughout the day…

This book is wonderfully illustrated and there is much more to the book than at first meets the eye – from the sun rising and setting, to the clock on each page showing the time, to the unusual creatures that the ladybug encounters on each page…

Of course, if you are going to read about a grouchy ladybug, you can extend the reading by making a grouchy ladybug too…

We made a torn paper grouchy ladybug.  Before starting, the children helped me make my own ladybug.  I started with one piece of red paper for the ladybug then we needed to add dots.  The children noticed that I only had one black dot to start with and it was a big black dot. So I decided (out loud) that I could tear the paper into pieces to make more than one black dot…

Each time I tore the paper in half, the children discovered that we could make more dots and that our one large dot was now a half of a dot and soon we had one-fourth of a dot.  We even noticed that if were to put all four pieces of our torn circle back together, we would have one whole dot again! Kind of like a puzzle…

Now the children went off to create their own “grouchy ladybugs hidden in the grass.”   As always, the children interpreted the process the way they understood it or preferred….

Tearing the paper was quite challenging for their fine motor skills. The children had to perfect their technique for how to get a tear to start then take it from there…

But it didn’t take long before we had all kinds of grouchy ladybugs showing up on our paper…

And some of our grouchy ladybugs made themselves at home in the grass…

“Hey you!”  “Do you want to fight?” Then just try and say that these don’t look like ladybugs!

Simply beautiful!

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Creating ladybugs in preschool

Sometimes, when an activity is planned, it doesn’t turn out as the teacher might envision.

The children painted their paper plates red the day before and left them overnight to dry.

The teacher was all prepared with black sticker dots, the painted paper plates, and black pipe cleaners.

The sticker dots would not stick to the painted plates, so the children had to use some glue to help them stay put.

That worked out well but when the children went to put on the pipe cleaner legs, the legs didn’t stick so easily to the glue.

What may seem so simple at first can end up being quite challenging – it is all apart of the learning process.

Some of the children understood that the legs should go on each side of the ladybug…

And others just enjoyed the process!!

Although the teacher may have realized that some of the plans were not working out as she had planned, the children never knew the difference. In the end, they each had fun creating a ladybug of their own design.  I thought they were adorable:)

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By | September 5th, 2010|Categories: Around the Classroom, Creative Art|Tags: , |0 Comments

Twos can create ladybugs in preschool too!

The two year old class made their ladybugs a little differently then the ladybugs made by the threes class posted yesterday

Red crayons to color the back of a paper plate and dot painters to make the dots…

Then a piece of black construction paper for the head….

And then it was time to add on a few construction paper legs…

Some of the legs went this way…

And some went that way…

But once those eyeballs were added…

Each child had a unique and beautiful ladybug!

Now take a look at this adorable little boy making this wonderful lady bug too on Fun with Mama!

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By | September 5th, 2010|Categories: Infant and Toddler|Tags: , |4 Comments

Counting ladybug dots in preschool

The children played a simple lady bug game today…

The children matched the number of dots to the number of dots on the lady bug.

Everyone had a turn giving it a try…

They counted together as they worked together…

The pom-poms made nice dots that felt good to the sense of touch…

This was a fun game to help the children practice counting their numbers. Handling those little black dots required a little fine-motor concentration!

Here is a nice Ladybug Printable you can check out from Fun with Mama!

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By | September 5th, 2010|Categories: Cognitive Development, Mathematics, Sensory Play, The Value of Play|Tags: , |5 Comments

Make a ladybug book with your preschoolers

With spring coming there are so many wonderful bugs that can be explored. I love to bring in books about bugs and one of my favorites is Eric Carle’s “The Grouchy Ladybug” book.

I also love to have my students create their own ladybug book.  Each child is given a red construction paper circle that they can draw dots and other ladybug features. I then ask the children to finish the sentence:

What is your ladybug afraid of?

A Kitten
A Dog
A Spider
A Pencil
A Crab
All the pages were laminated then put together in a little book for our reading center.  This was done over 10 years ago and I kept it for my own collection.

By | April 2nd, 2010|Categories: Reading and Writing Readiness|Tags: , , |2 Comments