Ladybugs are insects so small that you may be lucky to hold them in your hand. These harmless creatures also provide a safe way to take care of your plants. They love to feed on microscopic organisms like aphids, which can deteriorate a plant.
In science, there is plenty of observations about nature and children are the best at making scientific interpretations. Communication is key when children are exploring nature. A science journal is always a great way to record children observations of nature.
Learning about ladybugs is also good when you notice them in their natural environment. They like to live in plants, trees, shrubs, and flower beds. In this craft, children will be able to make a picture of where ladybugs live.
Using Finger-Paint Activity – Ladybug Habitat
- Sketch or drawing paper
- Brown construction paper or paper bag scraps
- Red, green finger-paints
- Black chenille stems or pipe cleaners
- Black crayons
- Regular glue or Tacky glue
- Water sprayer
- Cover the working surface with old newspaper or clothing.
- Use a smock or old shirt to protect clothing.
- Spray the sketch or drawing paper with water. Avoid soaking the paper.
- Use green paint and spread it all over the wet paper. Allow children to have fun with the paint.
- Let it set.
- Place a small amount of red paint on each child’s palm of hand.
- Gently press the child’s hand onto the paper.
- Gently lift each palm.
- Repeat about 4 times.
- Let them set and completely dry.
- Draw small black spots and markings for each ladybug.
- Cut small pieces of black chenille stems to make antennae.
- Paste these onto the ladybugs.
- Grab some paper bag scraps.
- Scrunch them using your hands to make paper balls.
- Open the piece of wrinkle paper.
- Paste this in between the ladybugs. It represents the tree branches ladybugs live by. Ladybugs also live by leaves and shrubs.
Ladybugs are wonders of nature full of amazement. These insects are great to study for the ease to grow and observe its life cycle. Make sure to use your science journal if you detect other interesting facts about ladybugs.
Have you seen ladybugs recently in your backyard or parks?