Monday, February 28, 2011

Kids Preschool Craft #43: Paper Bowl Ladybugs

KIDS PRESCHOOL CRAFTS PROJECT #43: Paper Bowl Ladybugs
Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    
The two paper bowl ladybugs we made. An easy, adorable craft for kids!
The glue will dry clear. Here some glue is still wet on the spots.

Supplies Needed:
  • 2 Paper Bowls (for each ladybug)
  • 2 Googly Eyes
  • Red Poster Paint
  • Black Poster Paint
  • Child Safe Scissors
  • Adult Scissors
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • White Glue
  • Newspaper To Keep The Work Area Clean
Time Needed:  
  • 30 Minutes plus drying time
What To Do: 
  1. Paint one paper bowl completely red on the curved side using the foam brush. It's not necessary to paint the other side at all.
    NOTE: You don't have to use a foam brush but I think it paints easily and smoothly on paper bowls, cups & plates and gives good paint coverage.

  2. Paint the other bowl completely black on the curved side. It's not necessary to paint the other side at all.

  3. Let dry completely (a few hours depending on how much paint was used)
  4. ADULT: Cut the RED bowl in half.

  5. Use white glue to attach the red wings to the black body so that there is a small gap of black showing.
    HINT: The front of the red pieces will overlap and at the back there will be a gap showing the black body. See photo below:

  6. ADULT: Trace several circles onto the black construction paper of at least 2 different sizes. Have an even number of each size. 
  7. Cut out the circles.
    HINT: Your child isn't likely to get round circles cut out, but if you don't let him practice how will he learn how to do it?
  8. Glue the circles and googly eyes onto the ladybug.

  9. ENJOY! You're done! 
  10. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.
Why We Love Crafts for Preschool Kids: 
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

 
For Children with Special Needs: 
Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.
This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Let him choose how many spots he wants on the ladybug and where to put them :)

If your child is not able to cut out the spots himself, you can do it for him.

Substitute double sided tape for white glue if your child will not work with glue.

Color the bowls with crayons instead of paint if your child will not work with paint.

For Older Children: An older child can make a family of ladybugs and customize them to match his own family!


A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Spring's Sprung" by Lynn Plourde & Greg Couch. A story about Mother Earth and her 3 rivaling daughters March, April, and May. The sisters are so busy arguing that they may be too preoccupied to bring the spring into the world! Beautiful illustrations, nice rhymes, and the familiarity of sibling rivalry make this a fun book for preschool children!

LADYBUG RACES! If you have zhu zhu pets, put one under each of your ladybugs and have ladybug races LOL! It was fun :)

Check out these FREE Bugs & Butterflies Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!

LADYBUG THINKING & COUNTING GAME: Draw a large ladybug outline on a piece of paper. Also, cut out a bunch of circles of varying sizes and colors that will take turns being this special ladybug's spots. Pick a few circles and put them on the ladybug and then ask your child to do something with them or answer a question about the ladybug.
Some Sample Questions:
  • How many spots are on the ladybug? 
  • Put the smallest green spot against your nose.
  • Remove all the red spots. 
  • How many spots are left now?
  • Point to the biggest spot.
  • Touch the yellow spot with your elbow!
  • How many blue spots are on this wing? How many on the other wing? How many is that all together? 
  • Put 3 orange spots on each wing for me. 
  • Use your thumb to point to the biggest blue spot.
You won't believe how much fun this is for children until you try it! You can apply this "game" to a multitude of animals, shapes, and situations. Great for teaching waiting room patience too! Just use a magazine and start counting the red objects on a page.


PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this preschool kids craft and tell us if you enjoyed it and any other ideas that may be similar or could improve it!

Related Links:
3oo Crafts for Kids

4 comments:

shredding Austin said...

It is amazing how we can turn an ordinary used paper plate into something else, like a ladybug for kids to enjoy. This goes to show that we can still make use of the items that we think are already trash and turn them into something useful once again. For old paper documents and newspapers, one thing we can do is to shred them and use the strips for package filling or pet bedding. Thank you for sharing this interesting piece and I'm sure the young ones will enjoy doing this!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if the bowls you used for the ladybug were uncoated. We did something similar at our school and all our turtles shells peeled after we painted them. We were so dispappointed. I would like to do your ladybug craft but I am not sure where to get the bowls without a coating.

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GummyLump.com: wooden toys, pretend play, and play food for preschool! said...

If I remember correctly the inside of the bowl was lightly coated but the outside wasn't. I'm pretty sure we bought them at Walmart if that helps!

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