Saturday, May 12, 2018

You Need to Make This Adorable Easy Ladybug Craft



This cute ladybug craft is made with one black construction paper circle, and one red circle cut in half for the wings. The wings are punched with a hole punch for the spots. It's adorable with wiggle eyes and pasted on a green paper background. Read the post for ladybug storybook and song ideas too! www.speechsproutstherapy.com
Easy to make ladybug craft for your bug week theme!


Make this easy and oh so cute ladybug craft for your bug theme!

Do you use themes in speech therapy? I love them, especially for my preschoolers. This week we were talking about bugs. It's a perfect spring or summer theme and fits right in with most preschool and kindergarten science lessons this time of year.

This paper hole punch ladybug craft was a hit with my preschoolers and my older children wanted to try it too. Just adorable and each one turned out a bit different.

We targeted articulation of final /g/ and initial /l/ and categorized those creepy, crawly insects. 


Which ones hop? Crawl? Have wings? We didn't forget question comprehension either. How many legs do insects have? Are ladybugs insects? Where do you find ladybugs?

Some crafts take too much time away from articulation practice, but not this one. We got plenty of repetitions as we practiced our /l/ words while we punched each hole: "light, light, light, lamb, lamb, lamb." Of course, you can do that with any phoneme.

Construction paper, glue. a marker and a hole punch are all that's needed to make an adorable ladybug craft in preschool speech therapy. Read the post for ladybug storybook and song ideas too! www.speechsproutstherapy.com
Add two wiggle eyes to these supplies to make your ladybug. 


Here's what you need for this easy ladybug craft

The supplies were what I already had in my speech room, so that was perfect. Yes, I do keep wiggle eyes!  I think I love them as much as much as the kids. They're so much fun! 

Supplies:

  • green construction paper
  • red construction paper
  • black construction paper
  • two wiggle eyes per child. I used 12 mm ones. 
  • glue
  • a marker
  • a hole punch


This ladybug craft is easy enough for preschoolers with a bit of help. Here's how:


A hole punch makes the spots in the red ladybug wings in this construction paper ladybug craft. Read the post for ladybug storybook and song ideas too! www.speechsproutstherapy.com
Punch holes in the ladybug wings for the spots.

  1. Cut out two circles of the same size for each ladybug. One red, one black. For my preschoolers, I used die-cut circles. Older children can trace and cut their own.
  2. Cut the red circle in half to make the wings.
  3. Glue the black circle on first.
  4. Punch holes in both wings. (Some of my preschoolers need me to hold the wings for them, or give the nose of the hole punch a  helping squeeze.

  5. Glue the red ladybug wings on a black circle in this adorable construction paper ladybug craft. Read the post for ladybug storybook and song ideas too! www.speechsproutstherapy.com
    Glue the red ladybug wings flared out like a "V".

  6. Glue the wings on leaving a little black showing at the top. (The eyes will go there) Make one end of each wing meet in the middle ( an upside down "v").
  7. Glue on the wiggle eyes.
  8. Use a black marker to make six legs.

Glue wiggle eyes on this construction paper ladybug to make this adorable spring preschool craft. Read the post for ladybug storybook and song ideas too! www.speechsproutstherapy.com
Add wiggle eyes to your ladybug.

Draw legs with a marker to finish this adorable construction paper ladybug craft. Read the post for ladybug storybook and song ideas too! www.speechsproutstherapy.com
Use a marker to give your ladybug 6 legs.

Read some great ladybug storybooks to go along with your craft!

You know me, I'm all about storybooks and themed learning. So I needed a ladybug storybook to read and captivate my kiddos before we made our ladybugs.

 There are lots of books for children out there that are great for science lessons, giving ladybug facts. Those are fine, but for speech and language opportunities, I prefer a storybook with:
  • characters and a plot that children can relate to.
  • repetitive text to help them participate and retell the story.
  • sound-loaded text for articulation practice.

Of course, I have a couple of great suggestions for you!

The Very Lazy Ladybug by Isobel Finn and illustrated by Jack Tickle

Don't you love those names? Finn and Tickle...with names like that you know it's going to be fantastically fun! The authors are from England and you'll find there are two versions of the story... one which calls the little red bug a ladybird, and one where it's a ladybug.

The very lazy ladybug in this tale liked to sleep all day and all night on a flower.  

One day she decided it would be nice to sleep somewhere else. Since she had never bothered to learn to fly, she decided to hop into the pouch of a kangaroo who was passing by. When that didn't go well, she tries to hitch a ride with a series of other animals.. all ending badly!

Here's why this story is great for speech therapy:

  • repetitive text. "I can't sleep here, cries the lazy ladybug!" 
  • a recurring series of events
  • sound-loaded: initial /l/, initial /k/ , final /g/ and /sl/ for articulation practice
  • chock-full of verbs to talk about and practice past-tense when retelling: hopped, jumped, padded, ambled, trundled,  sneezed, swung, swish, roar, scratch, snooze
  • animal characters to name: kangaroo, tiger, crocodile, monkey, bear, tortoise, elephant
  • begs for answering where questions.  Where did the ladybug hop? head, tail, pouch...

The Very Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle.

This classic story is about a ladybug who is very grouchy and does not like to share. He meets several animals and shouts "Wanna fight?" He doesn't really want to fight though and repeats "You're not big enough!" before he flies off. 

Here's why this book is great in speech therapy:
  • repetitive text 
  • a recurring series of events
  • sound-loaded: initial /l/, final /g//, initial /b/,  initial and final /f/
  • animal characters to name
  • social skills discussions: sharing


We finished up by learning bodyparts with the Ladybug Ladybug Song.

I like to use YouTube videos that coordinate with a target in my sessions, and am lucky enough to have a smartboard to super-size the viewing! Frank Leto's Ladybug, Ladybug song is perfect for your ladybug unit. The ladybug lands on the little boy in various places so you can practice bodyparts as you sing.

It's fun going buggy! I have a plastic ladybug that I "land" on my preschoolers as we sing. Boy, do they giggle and squirm when the ladybug lands on them. It's so cute. 

You can find a link to this video plus more videos for learning body parts on Frank Leto's website. Click here:  Ladybug Lady Song by Frank Leto. Be warned, however, the song gets stuck in your head. Yep, it's one of those. 


Gluing wiggle eyes above hole-punched red ladybug wings makes this easy preschool ladybug craft adorable for speech therapy  www.speechsproutstherapy.com
Easy Ladybug craft for preschool

Do you like to save speech therapy ideas for later?

Pin this post so you can easily find it again. I love Pinterest, it helps keep me organized!  You can also find more ladybug activities on my Spring Speech Therapy Activities board. I pin lots more themed ideas and storybooks on my boards. You can follow me on Pinterest here: Speech Sprouts on Pinterest. 

Until next time my friends,






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