Toddlers and preschoolers can use buttons and corks to make this cute and easy paper plate ladybug craft! It’s a simple spring craft that lets kids explore painting, gluing and stamping.
We LOVE paper plate crafts! You can make so many things out of a simple paper plate. One of the cutest that we’ve made lately are these paper plate ladybugs! It’s our Letter L craft in our A-Z paper plates crafts series and a great little nature craft for toddlers and preschoolers.
Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home….
With spring temperatures on the rise this week, the ladybugs are coming out of the woodwork and kind of taking over our house at the moment. I don’t know where they hide all winter, but they’re everywhere!
The hooligans love hunting for them and following them around, shrieking and squealing when they take flight. They’re downright fascinated with the little guys, so I figured a ladybug craft was in order this week.
Let’s talk ladybugs…
To start, we looked at some images of ladybugs on the internet.
We talked about their colours and markings, and we counted their legs and spots.
I gave each of the hooligans a red and black pen, and looking at a picture on the screen of the laptop, they practiced drawing some ladybugs of their own.
Then we got down to some crafting!
- center cut out of a paper plate
- red and black paint
- googly eyes
- pipe cleaners
- hole punch
To make our ladybugs:
While I was setting things up, I had the girls sifting through our button collection, looking for black buttons. This is such a fun sensory and fine motor activity in itself.
I poured several shades of red paint into a tray, and we talked about how each shade was different, and what the names of the shades were: Raspberry Red, Cherry Red, Christmas Red and Cranberry.
The girls had fun painting their plates and blending the reds together. You can use the paper of your choice for the body of your ladybug. You could even use a full paper plate. I had recently saved the centres from the paper plate Easter wreaths we made recently, so they were perfect for our craft today.
A little black paint at one side of the circle became the ladybug’s head.
Googly eyes were added and then the girls got busy putting the spots on their ladybugs.
One ladybug, they stamped with corks and black paint, and the other, they dotted with buttons.
When everything was dry, I punched 3 holes on each side of each plate, and the kids threaded pipe cleaner “legs” through the holes.
Aren’t they sweet?
More bug crafts for toddlers:
- paper towel butterflies
- tissue paper – clothespin butterflies
- painting spiders and cobwebs
- easy bug headbands
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
Lol, I bumped over here thinking you were making the ladybugs with the wine corks. (embarrassed)
Michelle @ A Mommy's Adventures
Very cute! We have done similar with just construction paper spots. I love the cork prints and how the legs are attached on these…great idea 🙂
Oh, Jackie, I am LOVING these ladybugs! We’re in the middle of an insect theme at preschool — I know I’m adding this to my lesson plans. 🙂
Yay! Gotta love timing like that, Mary Catherine!
Cute idea do you have any other projects using buttons? I picked up a gallon size Ziploc baggie filled with buttons for a quarter! I’d love to do more projects with them 🙂
I have this button and bead pinboard that you can check out, Amy (all of my boards are organized alphabetically if you’re ever looking for a topic like buttons, animals, water play etc.). Also, I keep our buttons in a shallow box so the kids can access them and play with them whenever they want. They love sifting and sorting and just running their fingers through them. I’ll give them jars and bottles and scoops and they fill them up and dump them out and start again. It’s great for fine motor skills and such a fun sensory experience. Here’s the link to my pinboard: http://www.pinterest.com/happyhooligans/buttons-beads/
You are a genius! I’m a homeschooling mom of 5 and ALL of the ideas I’ve seen on your site are perfect for all ages/genders/ability levels. I’m incorporating so many of these simple, quick crafts into curriculum for our family.
So very, very glad google led me here!
Wow! Thank you so much for your kind words, Kimberly! I am just thrilled that you’re enjoying my blog so much! Yay!! I’m so glad you found me too!