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Ladybug Preschool Theme

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.

Ladybugs Fly…
(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.

Five Little Ladybugs…
Flannel Board Pattern Here
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

Never Hurt A Ladybug…
( “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.


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

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.

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.

Bug Catcher…
Using an oatmeal container with lid – cut large “window” in side. Glue or tape screen or netting to inside over hole. Punch two holes in sides to add yarn handle.

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.


Sensory Table…
Fill with grass this can be either grass from Easter or real grass(depends if you can see it from under the snow in some states). Tuck plastic bugs in the grass, frogs, snakes, along with birds and worms. Add hand held magnifiers and encourge them to search the grass.

Life Cycle…
Put out an assortment of science books, an Insect Lore Ladybug Life Cycle Stages kit and Plastic Magnifying Glasses (1 dz). Let the children’s curiosity be their guide.

For A Fun Counting Center…
Spray paint about 85 large lima beans red. That’s 78 for the game and extras. When the beans are dry provide fine tip markers (permanent) and invite the children to add the dots. Label each container of an egg carton with numbers 1-12. Store the ladybugs in plastic bag. To use this center, a child must match the correct number of ladybugs in the numbered space.

Spots On Ladybugs…
Draw or photo copy five to ten large ladybugs. Color them but do not add the dots. Program unlined index cards with the numerals one through five and corresponding dots for younger children. Place black buttons in the center and have the children place the correct number of spots on the ladybug.

Ladybug Table Top Manipulative Game…
(Click on pic for directions and pattern)






Ladybug Snack…
Spread whipped cream cheese that’s been tinted red-orange on an oval cracker. Add raisins for spots.



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