What luck, our Ladybug larvae had arrived! I didn’t tell the kids, so they were super excited when a box labeled “Live Ladybugs” was dropped off at our house. Their curiosity made it hard to sit and wait, while I carefully opened the box. Finally, the tube of larvae was presented to them. My children were amazed at how tiny they were. So tiny, in fact, that it was hard to count how many there are! Everyone came up with a different number. It wasn’t until a few days later, when the larvae was larger, that my children could get a true count. We have 10 lucky ladybug larvae.
Did you know that ladybugs are considered lucky throughout the world and not just here in the USA? Why do you suppose this is? It is thought to be because ladybugs have always been a friend to farmers. Since ladybugs eat tiny pests, like aphids, it was a good thing to find the beetles on your farm, in your garden, on your roses…
Today is Day 14, and my children are glued to the Ladybug Land dome, our window into one of nature’s secrets. Here two ladybugs had emerged from their pupas before we had awoken. However, another was starting to hatch. We watched as a yellowish-white bug emerged and rested. Over time the color, orange, took over the beetle and spots started to appear. What a unique thing for the kids (and myself 😉)to witness.
Below is a list of resources, activities, and craft ideas for your ladybug studies. I have tried to include an activity for each subject, which are shown in bold. Here’s what we have been up to:
Roll and Cover the Ladybug Spots Math Game from Fun Learning for Kids. This game can be adapted to any elementary-aged student. For younger children you can roll one die and cover the spots according to the number rolled. For more of a challenge, have the child roll two dice then add/subtract. Even more challenging would be to multiple the two numbers rolled then roll one die for a number to divide into your answer. You can print out your copy of the ladybug by clicking Roll and Cover above or you can make your own ladybug.
Here we have ladybug themed worksheet on decomposing numbers for Kindergarten – 1st grade: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ladybug-Decomposing-Numbers-KOA3-647256
This ladybug lifecycle worksheet involves coloring, cutting and pasting. Plus there is a booklet for Pre-K and Kindergarten (My 2nd grader also enjoyed this🙂. She added it to her journal). https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Life-Cycle-of-a-Ladybug-Freebie-654678
Lifecycle chart – This is a chart already in order, just needs to be colored and labeled. My son cut this out and added it to his journal. http://www.supercoloring.com/coloring-pages/life-cycle-of-a-ladybug
DIY ladybug feeder – The version pictured above is an easy feeder for children to make with a little assistance, depending on their age. All you need is a toilet paper roll, duct tape, string, scissors, and raisins.
I got the idea for this feeder after reading an article by Apartment Therapy. They give instructions on making a nice feeder from bamboo. It might be a good project for older children along with an adult.
Here is a fact sheet about ladybugs:
On this sheet, there’s a map of where ladybugs live (everywhere except Antarctica and North Pole region!). Fun fact, our most common ladybug, the Seven-spotted Ladybug, are native to Europe but we’re introduced to USA in the mid-1900’s to control aphids.
While reading this fact sheet, take time to review the 7 continents (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica). Note that ladybugs are on 6 of the continents.
I highly recommend reading the Scholastic book, Ladybugs Red, Fiery, and Bright by Mia Posada. It’s nonfiction written in poem. At the end of the poem, there are three pages of facts and a page showing the anatomy of a ladybug.
I highly recommend buying or borrowing the books I suggest. However, with our world on hold right now the libraries are closed and making a book purchase may not be feasible at this point; therefore, I am posting readings of the books from YouTube for your convenience if needed. Of course this doesn’t compare to snuggling with your child on your lap as you read a book as only you can.🙂
Here is a reading of Ladybugs Red, Fiery, and Bright. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a version that reads the facts at the end but it’s an informative story nonetheless. https://youtu.be/3uk_vXDqij0https://youtu.be/3uk_vXDqij0
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carlie is a fictional story that includes telling time.
If you don’t have access to the The Grouchy Ladybug, you can watch a reading of it here: https://youtu.be/Jr3ha03MsK0
This is a wonderful lapbook for The Grouchy Ladybug. It includes telling time, word tracing, copywork, patterns and so much more! https://www.homeschoolshare.com/grouchy_ladybug.php
A fun book series, especially for girls, is The Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis. It’s about a young girl who believes she can do anything because she is Ladybug Girl!
If a copy of the book isn’t available, you can watch a reading here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/2mxw9bPrgh0
Nonfiction Information can be found on the Ask Dr. Universe site. This could possibly be reading for upper elementary students.In this article, Dr. Universe answers what happens to ladybugs in the winter. This is an unique site, as it answers children’s questions about our world. https://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/2017/04/10/ladybugs-survive-winter/
My children have been using their journals to track the progress of larvae and record their journey. To get them started, I wrote on the whiteboard and it was copywork. However, some days I hand it over to them to write what they are observing in their own words. And other days I give them a prompt, like the ones listed below.
Here is a writing prompt and writing facts sheet for children around 1st and 2nd grade. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Free-Ladybug-Writing-2478066
Writing Prompts for elementary aged children:
- Take the information you have learned about ladybugs and write a paragraph (expository paragraph gives information)
- Create a comic strip, with a ladybug being the main character.
- Metamorphosis is the process of changing from one form to a completely different form (ex ladybugs and butterflies). Write a story about a character who goes through a metamorphic change. Want an extra challenge? The character does not have to be an insect or amphibian. It can be a person, whose personality, thoughts or feelings go through the change.
- If you read The Grouchy Ladybug (as suggested in Storytime): I feel grouchy when…
L is for ladybug practice writing for Pre-K Kindergarten https://images.app.goo.gl/euGz1csrn4dVFxtj8
Paint ladybug rocks. We placed ours in our potted plants. Plus we placed some around town for people to find and hopefully bring luck.
Perler beads can be used to make ladybugs and flowers. We placed magnets on the backside and placed them on the fridge.
Yarn Ladybugs This is a cute idea. It consists of a glue water mixture on string wrapped around balloons. Probably a little messy, so may be a good outdoor project 🙂.
Lucky ladybug by Pinkfong https://youtu.be/rY5ajMMFO28
I hope you have found some fun activities to incorporate with your studies. Have a blessed day and good luck with your ladybugs!