Preschool Ladybug Theme



Book List

Are you a Ladybug? - Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries
Dotty the Ladybug Plays Hide and Seek - Jonathan Lambert
The Grouchy Ladybug - Eric Carle
Ladybug, Ladybug - Ruth Brown
Ladybug at Orchard Avenue -Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Songs & Fingerplays

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

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

See the Ladybug - sung to "Frere Jacques"

See the ladybug, see the ladybug.
Watch it crawl, watch it crawl.
See it crawling higher,
See it crawling higher.
Watch it crawl, up the wall.

See the ladybug, see the ladybug.
Watch it crawl, watch it crawl.
See it crawling lower,
See it crawling lower.
Way down low, to my toe.

~Jean Warren

I'm a Little Ladybug - sung to "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.

~Susan M. Paprocki of IL

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.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybugs Fly - sung to "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.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Never Hurt A Ladybug - sung to "Yankee Doodle"

Ladybugs are in my yard.
Just look at them devour
Those pesky aphids on the leaves
Of Mother's pretty flowers.
Never hurt a ladybug.
We need them in the garden.
Ladybugs help flowers grow
So we must never hurt them.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

The Ladybug

When strolling through the garden
You should chance to see
A ladybug out walking
Please say 'Hi!' for me.
For a ladybug is a good bug
And she helps the garden grow,
She's supposed to bring good luck
So be sure to say 'Hello!'

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybug Rhyme

Begin by asking the children to stand several feet from one another.

Ladybug, ladybug, (move fingers)
Let me see your crawl, (crawl slowly on all fours)
Hurry after those harmful bugs (move quickly on all fours)
But be careful, do not fall! (fall over)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Mr Ladybug

A ladybug went to work one day,
and said to her husband,
"Now while I'm away,
please take care of the house,
and sweep the floor,
and don't let the baby bugs
fly out the door!"
So he polished, and cleaned, and vacuumed the rug,
he fed all the baby bugs, gave each a hug,
and when he finished, he said with a shrug,
"It's really hard, being a man ladybug!
Oh, I work, and I work, just as hard as I can,
'Cause it's really hard, being a ladybug man!"

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybug Rhyme

Ladybugs all dressed in red
Strolling through the flower bed.
If I were tiny, just like you
I'd creep among the flowers too.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybug - sung to "The Muffin Man"

Ladybug has 1 black spot,
1 black spot, 1 black spot;
Ladybug has 1 black spot,
Pretty ladybug!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybug - sung to "The Muffin Man"

Lucky ladybug has two spots.
Has two spots, has two spots.
Lucky ladybug has two spots>
Lucky ladybug.

~Sue Foster of WA

Found a Ladybug - sung to "Oh, My Darling Clementine"

Found a ladybug, found a ladybug,
Found a ladybug just now.
Just now I found a ladybug,
Found a ladybug just now.

It was red, it was red,
It was red just now.
It was red with black spots,
Red with black spots just now.

~Betty Silkunas of PA

Arts & Crafts

I got this from my regular mail. Make a Thumb print onto a piece of paper. Add dots on body and 2 big dots for the head and draw on the antenna's (SP). I put hand prints on flower pots with lady bugs all over and filled with flowers. I had some tears in my mothers eyes. They loved them.

~Submitted by Deeya of Vancouver

Ladybug Books

1 piece of constuction paper for front and back cover
1 1/2 pieces of constuction paper for inside pages
leaves and twigs from outside
black fine tip marker
red ink pad

On each page have the kids put red thumb prints for the body of the ladybug, then add black dots for the eyes.

page 1 - My ladybug loves to sit on leaves (add red thumbprint lady bugs & leaves)
page 2 - They climb up the branches of trees ( add red thumbprint lady bugs & twigs)
page 3 - And eat insects that are almost to small to see ( add red thumbprint ladybugs & black dots for smaller insects).

Thats all we had in our book, but more can be added. The kids had fun doing this and the parents loved the books.

~Submitted by Karen in KS

Ladybug Prints

Cut a potato in half. Dip into paint and allow children to make prints. When dry have them make spots by using ink pads and press fingerprints. Add eyes and legs unsing black felt tip pens.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybug Rocks

Materials needed: small rocks, paint, pipe cleaners, sheet protectors, beads, magnetic strip.

Instructions: Paint small rocks to look like ladybugs or other bugs. Use pipe cleaners for legs on spiders, overhead transparencies or sheet protectors for wings, tiny beads for big bug-eyes. Put a small piece of magnetic strip on the back if desired.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Paper Plate Ladybugs

Paint paper plate red, then while they dry, cut out black wings (a circle then cut it in half) Punch holes in connecting corners of the wings. Now paint or color some black spots on the ladybugs and then use brads to fasten the wings onto the lady bug (the brads allow the wings tomove) don't forget to give her a face.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Potato Print Ladybugs

Using a potato cut in half print red circles. When dry add dots, eyes, legs with black pen.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybug

Make lady bugs from corrugated cardboard. Cut an oval shape from the cardboard. Insert three 6" pipe cleaners for legs through tunnels in the cardboard. Bend legs appropriately and add stickers for spots. Color in eyes or add wiggly eyes.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybug Hand Puppets

Cut two pieces of felt into oval shapes that are flat on one end - large enough to fit on hand. Then cut two wings to glue onto felt body. Glue on buttons for spots and wiggle eyes, pipe cleaner antennae.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybug Fingerpuppet

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 forming the head; then glue two wiggle eyes to pom-pom. Using a permanent black marker, embellish the ladybugs back with dots. Insert a ball of clay or playdough into the lid. To use the puppet, a child must press a finger into the dough.

Take an egg carton section and (teacher) uses a hold punch (or the sharp part of a compass) to make holes in the sides and top. Then cut pipecleaners to make legs and antennea. Kids can paint them first. They add the legs, and antennea (use the regular pipe cleaners for legs and the fancy ones for antennea. Give them wiggly eyes and hole punch dots for noses. They are really cute. Let them make lots of them - If you're having a picnic..they could be your ants - or any little bugs they'd like them to be. Paint them red and put "hole puncher" dots on them for ladybugs. Or they can just be silly bugs.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Make Ladybugs

Give a child a red ladybug shaped piece of paper. Have them glue on black antenna then dip their finger into black paint and make black spots on the ladybugs back.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Lady Bugs

Materials:

Paper bowls, red tissue paper, glue, black construction paper, pipe cleaners, paint brushes.

Give the children some tissue paper and have them rip it into small pieces. Mix glue with a little water to thin it out and pour into a small container.Give each child some glue and a paint brush. Let them glue the tissue paper all over the back of the paper bowls. Cut some black circles out of the construction paper and let them glue those on to. Poke two holes in the bowl on one edge of the top and have the children stick one end of the pipe cleaner in each hole from the inside of the bowl and then pull them through so they look like antenna. We finished up by drawing a face on with markers.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Paper Plate Ladybugs

Paint paper plate red, then while they dry, cut out black wings (a circle then cut it in half) Punch holes in connecting corners of the wings. Now paint or color some black spots on the ladybugs and then use brads to fasten the wings onto the lady bug (the brads allow the wings tomove) don't forget to give her a face.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Large Felt Cutout of a Ladybug

Circle shape with a head shape added, all one piece. Thin black magic marker line down the middle and wiggly eyes. Also 10 black felt spots.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ladybug Fingerpuppet

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 forming the head; then glue two wiggle eyes to pom-pom. Using a permanent black marker, embellish the ladybugs back with dots. Insert a ball of clay or playdough into the lid. To use the puppet, a child must press a finger into the dough.

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