On a rainy spring day, it’s so nice to cuddle up with a good book and read with the kids. We love Eric Carle’s book, The Grouchy Ladybug, so we wanted to continue the fun and bring a character to life!
That’s how we came up with this grouchy ladybug craft for kids to make. When they get done with the story, they can make either the grouchy ladybug or the friendly ladybug with this craft.
Also, check out some more cool spring crafts to plan another fun project with the kids!
Easy Ladybug Craft
While the kids are creating their ladybugs, it’s a good time to chat with them about their favorite parts of the book. They stay engaged and have fun describing the best parts to you.
This cute paper craft is a great way for kids to practice cutting with scissors, following directions, and recognizing shapes and colors. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon and is a great accompaniment to a beloved book.
Which ladybug will your child choose to make? Are they feeling grouchy or friendly? Either way, this project will be a hit, so grab the free template to get started.
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Ladybug template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)
Download the ladybug template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Start by gluing the spots all over the ladybug’s body. Trim off any paper that hangs off the sides.
Place the eyes on the ladybug’s head, above the mouth with the outer sides hanging off the sides of the head.
Next, glue the antennae to the back and top of the ladybug’s head.
Position the head in the middle and bottom of the ladybug’s body, with half the ladybug’s head hanging off the bottom.
Take 3 of the legs and glue them along one side of the back and bottom of the body. Repeat with the other 3 legs on the opposite side of the body.
Finish up by gluing the ladybug to the middle of the leaf.
Spring Ideas For Kids
Make a plan this spring to include some crafts and activities in your child’s day. We have lots of ideas perfect for spring that are educational and entertaining!
Take a look at some that we think your kids will love below.
Spring Books For Kids
One of the most important things you can do for your children’s development is to read books to them. Not only can it help improve their language skills, but it may also help their cognitive abilities, increases their attention span, and fosters a love of learning.
Even just a few minutes a day can make a huge impact on their growth and development. So, grab a book, snuggle up with your little ones, and start reading! It’s a small investment that will reap big rewards.
Too Many Carrots: This adorable book about a rabbit with way too many carrots will have your kids giggling! When he loads on too many that he can’t even go in his house, he’s on the hunt for somewhere to live. Read what happens as his friends try to help. This book is cute and has a great message of sharing!
Pete The Cat and the Cool Caterpillar: Pete’s new friend is a caterpillar! But when his best buddy goes missing, Pete has to find out what happened to him. He soon realizes he’s going to need a lot of patience to discover what exactly happened to his caterpillar!
I Don’t Want To Be A Frog: Little frog wants to be anything but, you guessed it, a frog. He tries his hand at being a cat, rabbit, pig, and owl, but he just can’t manage to be like them. All along the way, his dad encourages him to just be a frog, but it’s not until he has a surprise run-in with a wolf that he rethinks what it means to be a frog.
Spring Crafts For Kids
Add some crafts to your child’s education for a fun way for them to gain important skills.
This fun activity gives kids a chance to hone fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and pattern recognition. Making crafts also helps them learn colors, shapes, and counting.
When kids craft, they also develop a sense of pride in their work, and it’s a good way to relieve stress. For some ideas to get you started, check out some kid-friendly crafts below.
Frog Handprint Craft – Kids will “toad-ally” love this project! They will personalize their frogs with their handprints to make those feet perfect for leaping. This craft not only has kids use their creativity, but also their fine motor skills and scissor skills.
Paper Plate Ladybug Craft – Here’s another fun ladybug craft for you to do with the kids! Whether you incorporate this craft with a favorite book or with an insect themed study, this one is sure to be a hit. Kids will love to paint their paper plates to transform them into cute and cheerful ladybugs!
Duck Handprint Craft – We love handprint crafts because there’s so many cool things kids can make with them! This super cute duckling is just one of the many things they can create! It’s fun and easy to make, so grab the template!
Tissue Paper Bee Craft – Get those little fingers busy scrunching up tissue paper and gluing it in place to make an adorable bee. They’ll work the small muscles in their hands and improve their pincer grasp when they work on this fun craft!
Spring Activities For Kids
Looking for an activity to help kids build up their skills? Try these bee activity sheets! They’re filled with fun tasks featuring busy bees to teach them problem-solving, basic math skills, fine motor skills, visual discrimination skills, and more!
Flutter on by to see our fun butterfly worksheets kids will enjoy doing to work on handwriting, cutting, and letter recognition!
These sheets are a fun activity to practice foundational skills and learn more about beautiful butterflies! Add them to your child’s activities to learn that b is for butterfly!
When kids learn about springtime, be sure to download these spring color by number printables. They’re a fun way for kids to color since they match colors to numbers to reveal the hidden pictures!
There are 7 different spring illustrations that will keep your kids engaged and entertained while working on number and color recognition and fine motor skills.
Kids will have a blast learning about insects and bugs with these printable bug activities. This activity pack is full of entertaining and educational activities and games. With 19 different pages, you’ll keep kids engaged and busy for hours.
In addition to learning the names of various bugs, they’ll also work on letters, memory, patterns, handwriting, and so much more.
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More Spring Activities
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Ladybug template
- Download the ladybug template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Start by gluing the spots all over the ladybug's body. Trim off any paper that hangs off the sides.
- Place the eyes on the ladybug's head, above the mouth with the outer sides hanging off the sides of the head.
- Next, glue the antennae to the back and top of the ladybug's head.
- Position the head in the middle and bottom of the ladybug's body, with half the ladybug's head hanging off the bottom.
- Take 3 of the legs and glue them along one side of the back and bottom of the body. Repeat with the other 3 legs on the opposite side of the body.
- Finish up by gluing the ladybug to the middle of the leaf.