Sometimes when doing crafts with children you just need something that is dead simple and that’s exactly what I hope this paper plate ladybird is.
We’ve been busy re-reading some of our old picture books lately and Lucy Ladybird has once again become a firm favourite. A school trip to the woods, combined with the new CBeebies series Mini-Beast Adventure, means that the interest in bugs, insects and creepy-crawlies has gone through the roof. Little Miss C was convinced that she wanted to “craft a ladybird” so that’s exactly what we did.
All you need for this is:
- A paper plate
- Red paint
- Black paint
- Two goggley eyes (and glue to attach them if not self-adhesive)
You start by painting all your plate red. To get the shape right I found it best to paint the back of the plate as you then get a domed effect. Even the youngest toddler should be able to manage this without too much mess.
Once your red paint is dry, paint a black section to be the ladybird’s head, a line down the back (marking the wings) and then add your black spots.
The googley eyes can be added once the black paint is dry and as LMC demonstrated, if you go for some slightly wacky googley eyes (these came from a selection pack from Wilko) then you can instantly turn your ladybird into some sort of strange feminine creature instead!
Inspiration for this came from pinterest where I’ve started to pull together a whole board of insect and spider activities.
Once summer’s here properly, and even during next week’s half term, I’m expecting quite a bit of outside play and I’m hoping that we can take inspiration from what we find outside to guide some of our craft activities.
What are your simple insect craft projects?