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Paper Plate Ladybug Craft For Kids [Free Template]

Spring is arriving, so the earth is bursting with color from the bright green of the new leaves on trees to the colorful show of blooming flowers. 

As new growth arrives, so do the little creatures like ladybugs! These helpful insects are one of our favorites, so we made a fun paper plate ladybug craft for the kids to do!

Your little artists will love to break out the paint and paint brushes to transform a boring white paper plate into a cheerful ladybug craft! We love making crafts out of paper plates because they’re an inexpensive and versatile craft supply!

Be sure to check out all our other paper plate crafts for kids to see all the amazing things that can be made out of this kitchen staple. 

Ladybug Paper Plate Craft

finished paper plate ladybug craft cover image

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This craft is a great way for kids to explore their creativity and artistic side while also helping with skills like cutting, following directions, and fine motor control.

Incorporate this ladybug craft into an insect themed study for a fun activity the kids will love.

We’ve provided a free template for kids to create their own version of our ladybug! Read on below for exactly what you’ll need and step-by-step instructions to recreate this craft.

hand holding single example of finished paper plate ladybug

Supplies

  • Paper plate
  • Red paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Colored cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Ladybug template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the ladybug template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

printed ladybug paper plate template with "download the template on the blog"

Paint a paper plate in 1-2 thin coats of red paper and let it dry completely.

hand using paintbrush to paint red paint onto white paper plate

Place the ladybug’s body template on the dry paper plate, trace it with the pencil, and cut it out.

Arrange the spots along the ladybug’s body.

hands gluing black dots onto paper plate

Next, create the ladybug’s head by gluing the mouth to the middle and bottom of the head.

hands gluing mouth onto ladybug face

Place the eyes, one on each side of the head, above the mouth, and glue them down.

hands gluing eyes onto ladybug face

Position the completed head at the bottom of the ladybug’s body so it’s slightly hanging off the paper plate and glue it in place.

hands gluing face onto ladybug body

Glue the antennae to the middle and top of the ladybug’s head.

Finish up by gluing the feet to the bottom of the ladybug’s body, with three legs on each side of the head.

hands gluing ladybug legs onto body

We’re sure your kids will love creating this cute ladybug. We have many more cool spring crafts for you to check out while you’re here. Your kids will be thankful you did!

two examples of finished ladybug paper plate craft

Spring Ideas For Kids

Need more inspiration to keep the fun going this spring? We’ve got you covered with a variety of crafts and activities perfect for spring.

We’ll help you keep kids entertained and learning all spring long. Check out some of our favorites below!

Spring Books For Kids

Reading with your kids is an amazing way to introduce them to a new world of possibilities right in the comfort of their own homes.

It’s an incredibly fun way for children to learn about interesting concepts and spend quality time with their parents. It also helps build young minds, promotes confidence, and fosters positive relationships.

See below for some of our top recommended spring books for kids.

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.

hand holding paper plate ladybug with another in background

Spring Crafts For Kids

Crafting is a great way for kids to improve their mental agility and fine motor skills.

These are great skills to have just in everyday life to make day-to-day tasks easier. It’s also a lot of fun and a great outlet for kids to express themselves.

Choose some of our spring craft ideas to get the kids crafting!

Bee Paper Bag Puppet Craft – Buzz on by to see how cute and easy this craft is. Kids will love to learn about bees and what a big job they have pollinating flowers and crops when they make this craft. They’ll get to use their big imaginations once they’ve finished and played with their puppet!

Handprint Sheep Craft – Whether you’re looking for a fun Easter craft or a great addition to a farm unit, this sheep craft will be a hit with the kids. Your little lambs will love to see their handprints become a sheep right before their eyes with our easy to use template.

spring time craft ideas for kids image collage

Chick Tissue Paper Craft – An idea for a fun craft just hatched, so be sure to check it out! Kids will use the little muscles in their hands to scrunch up the tissue paper and glue it in the correct place. When the tissue is all in place on the template, it will reveal their own little chick!

Popsicle Stick Butterfly Craft – Use a craft staple, popsicle sticks, to create a butterfly with the kids! It’s a fun project that will keep kids occupied and learning while they make something creative!

Spring Activities For Kids

Get the kids mastering their scissors with our bee cutting practice worksheets! When they use scissors, it strengthens the muscles in their hands, which is great for other activities like holding a pencil or fork! Plus, these worksheets are a great addition to any insect themed study!

Looking for something quick with no prep to give the kids to do this spring? Try our butterfly coloring pages. This printable set is filled with 10 different butterfly scenes the kids will enjoy coloring in, so grab the crayons to get started!

single example of paper plate ladybug

To go along with the paper plate ladybug craft above, download these preschool bug activities. Kids love the different games and worksheets to work on memory, patterns, handwriting, emotions, and more. This set comes with 19 pages, so they’ll have hours of learning time.

Jump on over to our lily pad to check out these frog color by number printables! Kids will have a blast using their number recognition and fine motor skills to carefully color in each number with the correct color to reveal fun frog illustrations.

This is an easy activity to prepare since all you have to do is download, print, and go!

two examples of finished paper plate ladybug craft

Spring Fun

Share With Us

Did you make this craft with your kids or students? We’d love to feature them on our social media!

For a chance to have your child’s craft featured, simply snap a picture of the completed project and post it to our Facebook page, email it to us directly by clicking here, or use #simpleeverydaymom on your social media!

More Spring Activities

hand holding paper plate ladybug with another in background

Paper Plate Ladybug Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

These helpful insects are one of our favorites, so we made a fun paper plate ladybug craft for the kids to do!

Materials

  • Paper plate
  • Red paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Colored cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Ladybug template

Instructions

  1. Download the ladybug template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Paint a paper plate in 1-2 thin coats of red paper and let it dry completely. hand using paintbrush to paint red paint onto white paper plate
  3. Place the ladybug's body template on the dry paper plate, trace it with the pencil, and cut it out.
  4. Arrange the spots along the ladybug's body. hands gluing black dots onto paper plate
  5. Next, create the ladybug's head by gluing the mouth to the middle and bottom of the head.
  6. Place the eyes, one on each side of the head, above the mouth, and glue them down. hands gluing eyes onto ladybug face
  7. Position the completed head at the bottom of the ladybug's body so it's slightly hanging off the paper plate and glue it in place.
  8. Glue the antennae to the middle and top of the ladybug's head.
  9. Finish up by gluing the feet to the bottom of the ladybug's body, with three legs on each side of the head. hands gluing ladybug legs onto body

Did you make this craft?

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Paper Plate Ladybug Craft Template

Ladybug Template

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Merve

Monday 8th of April 2024

Looks great. Could you share the template with me?

Sam

Monday 8th of April 2024

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you. Once you've been confirmed as an email subscriber (by clicking the link in the first email), you simply enter your email in any of the forms and it'll automatically redirect you to the download page.

Julie

Wednesday 13th of March 2024

What a nice activity! Can you sent me the templates please? : )

Sam

Wednesday 13th of March 2024

Thanks, Julie! Since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page ◡̈

Irene

Sunday 3rd of March 2024

This is a good craft for kids. Thank you.

Sam

Monday 4th of March 2024

You're welcome and thank you!

Camilla Karlberg

Sunday 12th of November 2023

Would love this ladybug template

Sam

Monday 13th of November 2023

Since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page ◡̈

Barb

Monday 30th of October 2023

Would love this ladybug template

Sam

Monday 30th of October 2023

Since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page ◡̈

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