Monday, April 11, 2011

The Grouchy (and Friendly) Ladybug Puppet Craft: Project #80

The Grouchy (and Friendly) Ladybug Puppet Craft
Inspired by Eric Carle's "The Grouchy Ladybug"
Preschool Crafts for Kids of all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up    
Close Up of Our Grouchy Ladybug
Close Up of Our Friendly Ladybug
Supplies Needed:
  • 2 small (6 inch) paper plates
  • Red poster (tempera) paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Craft Bowl
  • Scissors
  • 2 Black Pipe Cleaners
  • 1 White Pipe Cleaner
  • 4 Googly Eyes
  • Black Construction Paper
  • White Glue
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Craft Stick (larger) or Popsicle Stick (smaller)
Time Needed:  
  • 30 Minutes plus drying time
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What To Do:
  1. Paint both of the paper plates with red paint.
  2. Let dry completely.
  3. Cut out an even number of circles from the black construction paper. These will be the ladybug dots.
  4. Cut out 2 thin strips of paper from the black construction paper.
  5. Cut out 1 large circle (about 3 inches). Then, fold it in half to crease it. Cut along the crease to create 2 half circles. These will be the heads of the ladybugs.
  6. Glue one black strip to the center of each paper plate.
  7. Glue on all the dots for your ladybugs.
  8. Glue the face onto each ladybug.
  9. Glue 2 googly eyes onto each ladybug.
  10. Use a small piece of white pipe cleaner to make each mouth (one friendly, and one grouchy). Use glue to attach these.
  11. Cut the 2 black pipe cleaners into six pieces, each about 2 inches long. Bend each one so it looks like an insect's leg.
    You are only making 6 legs because the ladybugs will be attached to each other, sharing the legs.
  12. Use tape to attach the legs on the underside of one of the plates. 
  13. Put some glue on the top portion of the craft stick and press onto the underside of one ladybug - see photo for location.
  14. Use double sided tape to attach the back sides of the plates. Press together.
  15. Let ladybug dry completely.
  16. ENJOY! You're done! Put on a puppet show recapping "The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle or make up your own adventure!
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Why We Love Crafts for 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 your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project. 

Puppets are terrific to play with for children with Autism and children with speech/language delays. Children with special needs will have great fun exploring their imagination, trying out different voices, and handling the puppets they made! Puppets allow children to explore role playing and pretend play while using small motor skills, learning new vocabulary words and language skills. Encourages social skills too!

Substitute any supplies your child does not like working with, for supplies that he enjoys. On this craft you can use glue, paste, glue dots, or double sided tape. If you child does not like to paint you can just start with two 6 inch red construction paper circles :)
For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project as is.

This craft for kids was inspired by "The Grouchy Ladybug" By Eric Carle. In this popular children's book the grouchy ladybug learns that maybe he's not so tough when all the animals he encounters with his challenge "want to fight?"  actually accept his offer with "If You Insist". There are some lines repeated over and over and your children will be happy to recite these lines for you! Each animal that the grouchy ladybug encounters gets bigger and bigger and bigger. Also, this book introduces children to the concept of time. Each event happens at a specific time of day and a clock shows that time as well. Beautiful, bright, illustrations are immediately captivating to young children. Enjoy over and over again!
Ladybug Hand Puppet
Children will love these colorful and friendly animal pals! They are more than a handful and promise hours of imaginative playtime fun and learning.

(price subject to change. This price at time of original publication of this article 4/11/11)


Build a Ladybug: Cut out the different parts of a lady bug and give them to your child to put together properly!
2 antennae, 6 segmented legs, 2 wings, 2 eyes, head, body. Just have them use tape or glue!


Size comparisons:

Talk about bullies: The grouchy ladybug was a bully. He was not nice to others and did not get his way. He wanted to fight others but they looked him right in the eye and said "If You Insist." That made him turn away. Maybe the bullies aren't so brave. What do you think? Have you ever bullied someone smaller than you? Bigger than you? Have you ever been bullied by someone? What do you think you could do?

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


Related Links:
3oo Crafts for Kids

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Insect Toys

Sunny Patch Spring Toys

Sunny Patch Outdoor Toys

your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, and any other ideas that may be similar.    

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