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Easy craft for kids: Using ladybug cutouts to learn about measurements

Ladybugs can captivate a child’s learning experience about insects. These tiny little bugs are amazing creatures of nature. Many children would even be more amazed to learn that they can keep plants healthy by eating plant pests like aphids.

Ladybugs are wonders of nature. Some children may like to hold them in their hands and observe their wings and spots. They may even live right in their own backyard.

Other wonderful ways to learn about ladybugs is through art and crafts. Here, children can learn about measurements. You’ll be able to explore about ladybugs by using household items and coloring.

Ladybug

Materials:

  • Ladybug pattern
  • Red construction paper
  • Black crayon
  • Safety scissors
  • Safe household items

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Instructions:

  1. Printout the ladybug pattern available in the science section.
  2. Trace them onto red construction paper.
  3. Use red construction paper to make 12 ladybugs.
  4. Make simple spots and markings with black crayons.
  5. Optional: color them a different shade of red
  6. Cut them out with safety scissors.
  7. Use as many ladybugs as possible to measure different household items: spoons, spatulas, CD cases
  8. Use ladybugs to measure arms, hands, legs.
  9. Compare and discuss the findings.

Which are bigger or smaller? How many ladybugs did it take to make certain measurements? Use the ladybug patterns to also learn about concepts like half-dozen and dozen.

Concepts like math are not limited to counters or coins. Many simple items like ladybug cutouts are perfect for children to grasp addition and subtraction.

Did you have fun counting these ladybugs?

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Fun craft for kids: Using patterns to enhance logic learning

Why are patterns so widely used in preschool? Simply, patterns of any type can teach young children about logical thinking and sequence of events. Whether it’s stickers or shapes, children at an early age can be introduced to order and organization. But that’s not all of the function of these configurations.

Sequence or patterns also emphasizes logical thinking when reading or doing simple math. What comes next? What’s the next event? This critical reasoning involves reading comprehension and understanding the order of events. In math, it also consists of knowing the logical pattern, or simple addition or subtraction. Although we may not see it yet, they are later used in algebra and other academic subjects.

Finger-paint heart patterns

What’s a good way to educate children about patterns? Painting, stamping, and other crafts are wonderful art techniques to introduce complex to simple ones. In this project, kids will be able to use their thumbs to create hearts and rubber stamps to alternate between illustrations.

Materials:

  • Construction papers
  • Red and yellow paint
  • Decorative scissors
  • Rubber stamps
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Glue
  • Safety scissors

Instructions:

  • Cut the edges of pink construction paper with decorative scissors.
  • Place small amounts of red and yellow finger-paint on a small paper plate.
  • Use the little thumbs to make hearts by placing them sideways on the red paint.
  • Use the yellow paint to dip a rubber stamp.
  • Alternate between both designs to create a pattern.
  • Allow the painting to dry.
  • Paste small dabs of glue on the back of the pink paper and adhere to a different color of construction paper.

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This project can also be used for a Valentine gift. Simply, attach a poem by creative authors and writers. It adds a fun twist to this craft for children.

You can also check out the math free worksheet section for more ideas.