LADYBIRDS - MINI THEME
Compiled by Robyn © September 2004
Ladybirds are beetles, which are insects. They can be red, orange or yellow with black spots, some are black with red spots and some have no spots at all! The Ladybird uses it’s antennae to touch, smell and taste. They are helpful to have in the garden as they eat aphids, tiny insects that harm our fruits and other plant life. As is the case with all beetles, ladybugs have a life cycle that consists of four distinct stages ~ egg, larva, pupa and adult. An adult ladybird’s life span is only a few months. Ladybirds are also known as ladybugs (USA) or lady beetles.
READING from Kalahari Books
the story of how a grouchy ladybird turns into a nicer, happier bug. Differences in small and large and time are
shown visually as the sun moves through its path.
A series designed to be read aloud to
younger children or alone by beginner readers.
and pictures look at the life cycle of a ladybug, including hatching, metamorphosis,
and eventual egg laying. The book
includes a glossary of terms and the realistic illustrations are large and
Make circle shaped cookies with red icing and black
spots using Smarties or chocolate chips.
Ladybird Pet Rock
Find a smooth pebble and paint it red. Let it dry, then paint on some black spots
and a face. Dry and varnish. Have fun looking after your pet rock!
Cut a Styrofoam ball in half. Paint it red with acrylic paint. After the paint has dried, use a thin
paintbrush and dot black paint all over the back. Add antennas by using glittery pipe cleaners and add googly eyes.
Cut a potato in half. Dip into
paint and make prints. Try making some
different coloured ladybirds using yellow and orange paint this time. When dry, add the spots by making black
fingerprints. Add eyes and legs using black felt pens.
Copy a large Ladybird (template below) either on red
paper or on white paper and colour in, but do not add the dots. Make
numeral index cards. Using the cards, place the correct number of spots
by using black buttons on the ladybird.
Using the same red paper Ladybird and buttons, older
children can do sums eg. 3 spots on the one wing + 4 spots on the other wing =
how many? 7 spots!
Paper Plate Lady Birds
Take two small paper plates. Paint one paper plate black and one red.
Take the red paper plate and cut in half.
Fasten the two halves overlapping slightly onto the top of the black
paper plate with a brass fastener. With
the fastener the two halves should be able to move. These are the Ladybirds
wings. Add black spots and any eyes you
The Bad-Tempered Ladybird Clock
Make a clock with a large red
cardboard circle and 2 black cardboard ‘hands’ attached with a brass
fastener. Add black dots with numbers
as they appear on a clock. As you read
the story together adjust your clock to the time in the story.
Ladybirds Fly (to the tune of Three Blind Mice) with actions
Fly, fly, 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 so fast, and they fly so slow.
Oh, Ladybirds fly.
Ladybird! Ladybird! Fly away home.
Your house is on fire. And your children are gone.
All except one, And that's little Ann,
For she crept under The frying pan.
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