Ladybug Love Activities and FREEBIES Part 3

Posted: May 8, 2015 in aphids, bean bag, craft, cupcake, egg carton, games, garden, insect, ladybug, lifecycle, mask, plants, pocket chart, romper room, science, spring


Welcome to Part 3 of our Ladybug Love Unit! If you missed Parts 1& 2 , you can check them out here:

AKGVH Ladybug Love Activities & Freebies Part 1 




AKGVH Ladybug Love Activities & FREEBIES! Part 2 


We are so STOKED you fluttered on by for Part 3 of our Ladybug Love Activities & FREEBIES!


So land on this here post and hang with us for awhile, as we tripped on some far-out ladybug games and did an out-a-sight craft!!! You will want to trip our dyno Ladybug Mask Pattern FREEBIE scene with your babes as well!! 

My babes were DIGGIN’ this Ladybug Posture Balance Game! First I made our ladybug balance ballons. Using a funnel, I put some rice inside a red balloon. Then I blew up the balloon and tied it. Next I drew a ladybug on each babes balloon. I turned on our record player and put on our Romper Room record and played the Posture Basket Song…

…while they walked around balancing their ladybug balloons on their heads. Instead of the word “basket” in the song, we substituted “ladybug”…WHAT FUN they had balancing their ladybugs:

  

Your babes can play our Ladybug Posture Balance  Game as well using the following vintage Romper Room Posture Basket song: 


And if you are interested in purchasing Romper Room Activity Records for your classroom, while I am currently unable to find this exact record on Amazon, here are some other Romper Room Activity Records you may want to trip on:

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or DIG the various selections on eBay: 

Romper Room Activity Record

We learned about ladybug claws. They are called palps. Ladybugs use them to put food into their mouths. 
 
Ladybugs are very helpful to us because they eat aphids, scale and spider mites and mealy bugs that attack other plants. Some even eat plant mildew. Because of their usefulness ladybugs are often harvested and sold to farmers to control the harmful insects.

I gave each of my babes  a clothes pin and a bowl, then placed some large pom poms on the table. My babes then simulated a ladybug catching (with the clothespin) aphids and putting them in their mouth (bowl).  They did such a DYNO job of filling their bowls with much excitement along with a sense of accomplishment! DIG the scene:
 



Ladybugs also use their antennae’s attached below their eyes to feel, smell and taste. Along with their eyes, antennae’s help the ladybugs gather their environment info and hunt for their foods of interest.

 

With this in mind, we learned about ladybug eyes. Ladybugs have two compound eyes. Their compound eyes are made up of what looks like a collection of bumps. The sections are called ommatidia that point in different directions to pick up movement. Each ommatidium is able to pick up certain details such as brightness, color, etc. We made our own ladybug eyes using egg carton portions, foil & wiggle eyes. 

First, I cut an egg carton flat into a circle. Then I had my babes paint their egg carton circle piece and let it dry. Next I had my babes make foil balls to fit inside each compartment. Then they glue gunned their large wiggle eyes and foil into the correct spot:

Next I crumpled up foil and wrapped it around each eye circle to complete:  



These ladybug eyes are OUT – A – SIGHT:

If you want to make ladybug eyes and are in need of some supplies, DIG Amazon:

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DIG this vintage Circus theme egg carton checkers game FREEBIE you can make with your left over egg carton:

You can get these from our Teacher’s Notebook Shop:

Last we covered the ladybug’s lifecycle. Since ladybugs are indeed beetles, their correct name being ladybird beetles and I do not have an actual ladybug lifecycle flannelboard set, I used my beetle set. First I set up the ladybug beetle lifecycle in rote. We reviewed it several times, then I had my babes build the ladybug lifecycle in sequence themselves:

Then we made these cute little Ladybug Lifecycle Mini Books. For their covers, I had each babe  put their finger on a red ink pad, then place their inked finger on the page. They did this as many as they wanted, and when the ink was dry, I drew on the antennae’s and legs:

For the inside pages I used the following ladybug lifecycle sequencing cards printout from Enchanted Learning. My babes colored & cut the page into 4 smaller pages, one page for each stage. Then I stapled them together in sequence:

And one of our FAV pastimes each Spring is a ladybug hunt!

I get out their bug boxes & off around our yard they go:


 And as one can imagine, they can NEVER resist bringing those lovable lady’s into the house:

 Hey, l@@ks like they missed this ladybug:

Hey, bet you did NOT know baby ladybugs have a paci in their mouth!

If you want to make a Ladybug foam mask with your babes, yes even your paci babes, DIG our AKGVH Ladybug Mask Pattern FREEBIE!!!
At the end of the day, ladybugs go back to their homes, our bug boxes and masks are put away for another day! 

And to wrap up our ladybug unit for the year, I made some most delectible ladybug cup cakes. Easy to make & FUN to eat, they were SWEEEEEEEEEEET!!!


And now, here is our COMPLETE Ladybug Love Bundle Pack. 71 vintage and current pages STUFFED with activities, games, stories, rhymes & poems, crafts, worksheets, coloring and MORE for ages pre-k – grade 4! Check it out at our Teacher’s Notebook Shop:

 

 

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Comments
  1. Oh my goodness, your pictures are adorable! Thanks for linking up at Favorite things Friday!

  2. CS Calkins says:

    Many thanks for your most out-a-sight comment, Rebecca…I must give my grandbabes credit for those adorable flicks as I am not much of a photographer…but I do admit I take a whole bunch as some do not come out well, blurry, bad aim, etc…also I am STOKED you tripped on thru our vintage garden from Fav Things Friday!!! We all hope you visit us again real soon!

  3. Checking out this article again from Favorite things Friday, I got to say, those ladybug eyes are out of this world! That is incredible! My kids would go bananas over those, what a unique idea! Thanks for sharing and linking up at Favorite things Friday! Hope to see you again this week! –Rebecca from Hip Homeschooling

  4. This is such a cute post, loaded with lots of information and resources! This is just perfect for the summer months! Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up at 'Favorite Things Friday' with Simply Rachel & Hip Homeschooling! Hope to see you back again next week! —Rachel from Simply Rachel.

  5. CS Calkins says:

    STOKED you visited us once again, Rebecca!!! As you can see, the ladybug eyes are easy to make but I had to wait until they were old enough to safely use the glue gun….and because YOU and YOUR babes will enjoy making them, it was worth the wait!!!

  6. CS Calkins says:

    We are honored you stopped by and enjoyed our post, Rachel!!! We are very grateful to have the op to hook up with “Fav Things Friday”!!! Many thanks for hosting!!!

  7. Looks like this was such a cute unit study to do! I love all of the crafts, and anything with kids and music is a great idea! My youngest loves when I tie music into what we are learning about. Thanks for sharing!

  8. CS Calkins says:

    Many thanks for stopping by, Kelly! I have recently discovered your homeschool blog & have linked up at your Social Butterfly Sunday! You have accomplished so much in your short time of homeschooling & it AMAZES me! I plan to visit your blog often! Again, many thanks for stopping by & commenting!

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