Provide each child with a red circle. Have them draw as many black dots as they would like on one side. Have the child count the dots on the paper and write the number on the other side.
Ladybug Dots 2:
Provide each child with a paper plate. Have the child paint the paper plate red. After the paint has dried, have the child create dots on the plate using their finger dipped in either black paint or a black ink pad.
Provide each child with a red circle. Fold the circle in half. Have the child create dots on one half of the circle by dipping their finger in black paint and pressing it onto paper. Fold the circle again, pressing the wet side of the ladybug onto the other half of the circle.
Supply each child with a piece of white paper and a red non-toxic stamp pads. Show the child how to make fingerprints on the paper, using only one finger at a time. When finished add wing outlines, dots, heat and antennae with a black pen, or for older children, have them add the features.
Ladybug HeadbandHave the children cut out two strips of red paper that when connected will fit around their head. Have the children create dots by gluing on circles, using fingerprints or a circle stamp. When dry, connect the strips with glue or tape, (staples will catch the child's hair). Supply the children with two pipe cleaners... and have them shape them however they want to and tape them on the inside of the headband.
Provide each child with a paper plate. Have the child use red paint, markers, crayons, or colored pencils to color the plate red. After the plate has dried (if applicable), the children can apply dots:
by making fingerprints with ink or paint
gluing on black circles made from construction paper or felt
painting dots with a paint brush
stamping on dots with a circle stamp
tearing black construction paper in circle shapes and gluing them on.
Alternatively the body can be made with red construction paper cut into a circle shape.
Have the children create two paper plate ladybugs, see ideas above. When dry (if applicable), place rice, beans or other item on one of the paper plates and cover with the second plate so the decorated sides are outside. Staple the two plates together. The children can use these shakers for music and movement.
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Supply each child with a 4 inch black circle, a 4 inch red circle and a 2 inch black circle. Have the child cut the 4 inch red circle in half. Then, glue the two black circles together, one is the body and one is the head of the ladybug. Then glue the red wings onto the body. Finally, allow the child to add fingerprint spots on both sides, using either black paint or a black non-toxic ink pad. Count the spots on each side. Are they equal? How many spots are there total?
Supply each child with a round rock. Have the child paint the rock red. After the paint dries, have the children add spots with a tiny paint brush and black paint. Allow to dry. Add googly eyes, and add details with black paint.