Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ladybug Love Activities & FREEBIES! Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our Ladybug Love Unit! If you missed Part 1, you can dig the scene here: 

Next we did some ladybug counting games. Using our flannelboard ladybugs, we did the following fingerplays:


Five little lady bugs sitting in a tree.

The first one said, "I 'm glad I'm me."

The second one said, "I feel great too,"

The third one said, "How about you?"

The fourth one said, "It's time to fly away,"

The fifth one said, "We'll talk another day.

Another Version:

Five little ladybugs climbing on some plants,
Eating the aphids, but not the ants.
The first one said, "Save some aphids for me."
The second one said, "They're as tasty as can be."
The third one said, "Oh they're almost gone."
The fourth one said, "Then we'd better move on."
The fifth one said, "Come on, let's fly!"
So they opened up their wings and they flew through the sky.

Ladybug in the Air

I saw a little lady bug go flying in the air,

But when I tried to catch her, two bugs were there.

Two little lady bugs flew up to a tree,

I tiptoed very quietly, but then there were three.

Three little lady bugs, looking for one more,

I saw one sitting on the ground, and that makes four.

Four little lady bugs, another to arrive,

I saw one landing on a flower, and that made five!

Five little lady bugs all red with black spots too,

I clapped my hands and away they all flew!

Six Hungry Ladybugs

by  Heather Tekavec

Six hungry ladybugs climbing up a tree,
Six hungry ladybugs, can’t you see?

The first one ate just one leaf, soft and green.
The second one ate two leaves, shiny and clean.

The third one ate three leaves, enough to fill her tummy.
The fourth one ate four leaves, every one was yummy.

The fifth one ate five leaves, it took him all day long.
The sixth one ate six leaves, and then the leaves were gone!

Three Little Ladybugs

One little ladybug (hold up one finger)
With spots on its wings,
Landed right beside me (tap sides)
As I played on the swings. (sway forward and backward)
Two little Lady Bugs (hold up two fingers)
Flew around a flower, (move two fingers in a circle)
Then crawled beneath a leaf  (children cup one hand over two fingers)
To nap for half an hour.  (children lay their heads on their hands)

                                               Ladybug Love

Our first ladybug game we played was roll n' count. My babes rolled the dice, then put the rolled number of ladybugs near their initial on the pocket chart. As you can see, they just kept rolling & counting:

Next we did some ladybug interactive dot counting games with our flannelboard. First I made a large ladybug tagboard master pattern, then using a pencil, traced each piece according  to its count (10 dots, 6 legs, 1 head & 1 body) onto a pre-cut milk filter sheet. Next, I traced each piece with a black Sharpie marker, then colored the appropriate color (black or red) in its proper space. Finally, I glued the head and legs onto the body and let it dry. For added fun, I glue gunned red wiggle eyes on the head in their appropriate place. Then let the fun begin:

While working on our ladybug dots flannelboard, we did the following Ladybug Rhymes & Poems:

Ladybug Lost Her Dots

Little Ladybug on the ground
Doesn't make a sound.
Looking for her ten black dots
She lost them on the ground.

One black dot
Two black dots
Three block dots
And four.

Five black dots
Six black dots
She's looking for some more.

Seven black dots
Eight black dots
Nine black dots 
And ten.

The ladybug who lost her dots has found them all again!

Little Red Bug

by Susan M. Paprocki

Little red bug, oh so cute,

Here's a black spot for your suit.

Now you go and have some fun

With your spot, your very first one.

Little red bug, oh so cute,

Here's a black spot for your suit.

It's so nice to own a few,

So enjoy these lovely two.

Little red bug, oh so cute,

Here's a black spot for your suit.

We are very pleased to see

How nice you look with all three.

Little red bug, oh so cute,

Here's a black spot for your suit.

You might feel that you need more,

So we proudly give you four.

Little red bug, oh so cute,

Here's a black spot for your suit.

Heaven, heaven, sakes alive,

Look at you, you're wearing five!

Ladybug Has Spots

Sing to: The Muffin Man 

Ladybug has 1 black spot,
1 black spot, 1 black spot.
Ladybug has 1 black spot,
Pretty ladybug!

Repeat with 2, 3, 4, etc...

You can do the above activity with your babes using our FREEBIE Ladybug Dot Counting Flannelboard Activity Pattern from our Teacher's Dojo Shop: 

Ladybug Dot Interactive Activity Mini Pack

Here is the link for the milk filters I use to make these bodaciously fun interactive flannelboard activities. (Keep in mind you will have to pre-cut these filters into 8 1/2"  X 11" sheets for printing):

If you do NOT have any red wiggle eyes, you can get some from Amazon:

Then we did some ladybug dot count number matching on our flannelboard. I placed different dot count ladybugs on the table along with flannel numbers. Each child chose a ladybug, counted the dots and found its corresponding number. We also used our sliding number lines to find the number in rote:

You can make your own Ladybug Dot Number Matching Game with our FREEBIE printable from our Teacher's Dojo Store:

Ladybug Dot Number Matching Game Pack

While I could not find the exact slide-n-learn number lines that we have (apparently they have been discontinued) I did find these frog themed slide-n-learn's from Really Good Stuff:


or maybe these from Lakeshore interest you: 


We also did a pocket chart ladybugs on leaves counting game.

They LOVE it!!!

You can get this game to do with your babes from Making Learning Fun:   

Here is a quick ladybug craft we did some years past when Julian & Sierra were little.

Made from a paper bowl and small paper plate for the wings, these easy to paint & assemble ladybugs have survived the test of time. Every year I put them away in my Spring storage bin until the next Spring and now my grandbabes enjoy them when we study ladybugs:

Well, we hope you enjoyed trippin' the ladybug scene with us thus far. If you have not as of yet visited our Ladybug Love Activities & FREEBIES Part 1, once again, here is a quick link for your convenience: 

See you next time on Part 3 of our Ladybug Love Activities & FREEBIES!

Ladybug Love Activities and Freebies Part 3

 See you there!

C.S. Calkins
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