Enjoy this no-fuss preschool lesson plan all about ladybugs. The activities below will introduce children to ladybugs through fun facts, activities, books, songs, and crafts. This lesson plan works well in conjunction with a daycare center unit theme about insects.
Basic Ladybug Facts for Kids
Here are some fun facts about ladybugs for kids:
- There are over 5,000 different types of ladybugs.
- Ladybugs have a head, abdomen, thorax, two pains of wings, six legs, and antennae.
- Ladybugs eat aphids, mites, and plants.
- Ladybugs hibernate for the winter.
Preschool Ladybug Craft
Children can make a ladybug out of a Styrofoam ball and cellophane.
Materials: One 2 inch Styrofoam ball, Black pipe-cleaners red and black paint or markers, Red cellophane, craft glue
Instructions: Cut the Styrofoam ball in half. Next using paint or makers, color the body of the ladybug red, create a black head, and add black spots. Allow to dry completely. Next, attach three legs (pipe cleaners) on each side of the ladybug. Attach two pipe cleaners at the top of head for antennas. Next, cut two half circles out of cellophane to form the wings. Glue the wings to the body below the ladybugs head.
Ladybug Science Activity for Preschoolers
In this science activity, children will examine ladybugs in a jar.
Materials: Glass jar with lid, hammer, nail, ladybugs, drawing paper, colored pencils, crayons
Instructions: Take children outside to find and collect ladybugs. Use a hammer and nails to create holes in the jar. If you cannot find ladybugs, purchase a jar from your local home and garden store. Next, set the jar(s) of ladybugs out. Encourage the children to take a close at them with a magnifying glass and draw pictures of what they see. Set the ladybugs free outside when the activity is complete.
Preschool Ladybug Fingerplay
Teach the children the finger play “Five Little Ladybugs” *:
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 and 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”.
”Five Little Ladybugs” taken from Preschool Education.
Preschool Books about Ladybugs
Here are some great books about ladybugs to share with students:
Are You a Lady Bug? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries [KingFisher, 2003]
A Ladybug’s Life by John Himmelman [Children’s Press, 1998]
Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Girth and Laura Huliska-Beith [Piggy Toes Press, 2007]
Ladybugs: Red, Fiery, and Bright by Mia Posada [First Avenue Editions, 2007]
Ladybug, Ladybug, What are you Doing? by Jo Cleland [Smart Kids Publishing, 2009]
Optionally preschool teachers may add math and manipulation activities as well as a dramatic play and literacy activities to the lesson plan. Lesson plans that teach basic concepts should be simple and fun and engage children in developmentally appropriate activities.
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