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An Adorable Ladybug Craft for Little Learners

When I think of spring, I think of baby animals, blooming flowers, and many insects! Not all insects have to be icky, though. Take the ladybug, for example; it’s quite cute! This ladybug craft is a great way to welcome spring as kids learn about bugs, life cycles, and more. Keep reading to see how you can use the ladybug craft at home or in the classroom.

Ladybug craft header - colored in by child.

Fun Facts About Ladybugs

Want to teach your kids some exciting facts about ladybugs before they make these cute crafts? Here are a few to get you started!

  • Another name for a ladybug is a lady beetle. Some people also call them ladybirds.
  • Ladybugs are great for the ecosystem because they eat other plant-eating insects, like aphids.
  • A ladybug has bright colors to warn predators that they don’t taste good.
  • These insects are beetles and not bugs.
  • Ladybugs live through the cold of winter!
  • Not all ladybugs have the same number of spots or any spots at all!
Ladybug craft put together.

How to Make the Ladybug Craft

Getting this Ladybug Craft prepped is easy!

Supplies Needed:

  • Red, black, and white construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Steps for the Craft:

  1. Print out the templates onto coordinating cardstock or construction paper.
  2. Cut out the pieces.
  3. Glue the wings onto the large black circle.
  4. Glue the body onto the edge of the smaller circle.
  5. Add the eyes to the head.

Students can also use the coloring page template if they don’t want to do as much cutting and pasting! This is a great fine motor activity for independent centers.

Ladybug craft and child colored ladybug.

Ways to Use the Ladybug Craft

Crafts are so simple to incorporate into any part of the day. They tie in well to stories, lessons, and daily practice. Here are our favorite ways to use the ladybug craft:

  • Add the craft to a fun read-aloud to learn about ladybugs.
  • Use them to retell stories read in the past.
  • Create a ladybug as kids learn about the letter L.
  • Add them to a spring fine motor center to work on cutting and gluing.
  • Let each child create their own to decorate your bulletin board.
  • Study insects and then finish the unit with insect crafts like this one.

Fun Ladybug Read-Alouds

Adding a book to the lesson is the easiest way to extend the activity. Here are some great ladybug books kids will enjoy!

  • The Life Cycle of a Ladybug by Colleen Sexton – This real-picture book teaches students about the life cycles of insects.
  • Lily The Ladybug by Brickmade Books – This is a sweet and simple picture book for kids about a cute ladybug.
  • The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle – Read this classic to teach kids about sharing. It’s great to read with a silly voice.
  • Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons – Learn about ladybugs with amazing images and fun facts. This book is great for an easy science lesson.

Watch how simple it is to create this ladybug craft with your kids.

If you enjoyed this Ladybug Craft, you will love the Spring Craft Bundle! It contains six different crafts to keep kids occupied during the spring months. Use them to decorate your March, April, and May bulletin boards! You will find a bird craft, a ladybug craft, a caterpillar craft, a frog craft, a bee craft, and a butterfly craft!

Thanks for reading, and have fun creating some fun spring crafts with your kids!

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Laura Bensley

Former preschool teacher turned business owner that now creates educational resources for teachers in the classroom, homeschool, and daycare setting.

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Hi, I’m Laura and I am the creator of Crafty Bee Creations.  I am a former preschool teacher turned business owner that now creates educational resources for teachers in the classroom, homeschool, and daycare setting.  I have a passion for designing craft resources that are not only fun and engaging but work children’s fine motor skills too! 


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