Don’t miss our adorable FREE Ladybug Crafts packet (with a snack idea too)!
Ladybugs are simple, fascinating little creatures. Most of us know them as the small, rounded insect with a red body and black spots, but…that is only ONE of over 6,000 species of ladybugs, called ladybird beetles by scientists.
Ladybugs come in many different colors: red, orange, yellow, and even blue, gray, or black! They may have lots of spots, a few spots, no spots, or even stripes. Look at the abundance of colors in these ladybug pictures!
To celebrate these beloved little creatures, here are a few simple ladybug crafts to make at home!
Keep reading to find instructions for a tasty ladybug fruit snack recipe and a ladybug dot painting. A template for the dot painting is in our free printable PDF of ladybug crafts!
In this download, you’ll also find instructions for a ladybug puppet, a preschool craft taken from Poetry Parties for Littles—Insects and Spiders. This book is one of many originals found in The Good and the Beautiful Library.
Click the images to learn more!
Ladybug Fruit Snack
- ½ apple
- ½ grape
- 6 raisins or chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter, cream cheese, or other spread
Adult (or older child with adult supervision):
Cut an apple in half and then cut each half down the middle. Remove seeds.
Cut a grape in half.
Instructions for child:
- Use a butter knife to smear the peanut butter (or other spread) between the two apple quarters and set them together to form the ladybug’s body.
- Smear the spread onto the raisins or chocolate chips, and place them on the apple as the ladybug spots.
- Attach a 1/2 grape or blueberry for a head.
- Serve on a small plate and enjoy!
Ladybug Dot Art Printable
- PDF printout
- Black dot marker/paint
- Red dot marker/paint
*Back and red paint with cotton swabs is a good alternative.
- Optional: googly eyes and glue (or marker) for eyes
Instructions for child:
- Use the dot markers to fill in the ladybug.
- As an extra challenge, try to model your painting after a real ladybird beetle (aka ladybug). See the images earlier in the blog for ideas!
- Add two eyes, two antennae, six legs, and don’t forget to draw a line down the middle to show it has two wings.
Be sure to download all these fun ladybug crafts in our free printable PDF!
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We love ladybugs! How fun!
This activity is so cute my kids loved doing it!
Love this, so awesome that it’s a free download 🙏🏻 look forward to doing this with my girls