LADY BUGS
 Lady Bug
And other Little Critters

LADY BUG PRINTS
You will need a red paint dauber and a black marking pen for this activity.
 Have your children come up one at a time to make their lady bug pictures.
Give the child the paint dauber and have her make 2-4 red paint circles on a piece of white or light blue paper.
When dots are dry, use a black marker to add 6 legs, 2 eyes and a center line.  Older children could draw on their own body features.
Write each child’s name on their paper.
Variation:  Have your children make lady bug prints on long 2” strips of paper.  Use the lady bug strips to put around the edges of a bulletin board.
Variation:  Have children make imaginary bugs using different colored daubers.  Then draw on features according to their directions.
 
ROCK BUGS
You will need multiple small (2” – 3”) smooth clean rocks for this activity.
Cover a table with newspaper.
Set out the rocks on the paper and 2-4 different colors of paint with brushes.
Let your children two at a time come up and paint 2 rocks each.
Set painted rocks on clean newspaper to dry.
When rocks are dry, add bug features using black paint and a small brush.
Let your children play with the rock bugs in a specific contained area.  Such as, on a cookie sheet with sides or on top of a small table.

BUG MOVEMENT FUN
Encourage your children to crawl around the room like their favorite bug.
Make a simple obstacle course for your bugs to crawl through and around.
Recite some bug songs or rhymes as your children crawl around.

THE BUG CRAWLED UP THE MOUNTAIN
Have your children pretend that one of their hands is a bug with five wigglely legs.
Have children set on the floor with their legs bent up, then have their bug hand crawl up to the top of their knee and then down to their thigh.

Sing the following song as they climb.

Tune:  “The Bear Went Over The Mountain”

The bug crawled over the mountain.
The bug crawled over the mountain.
The bug crawled over the mountain.
To see what she could see.

The bug crawled down the mountain.
The bug crawled down the mountain.
The bug crawled down the mountain.
And all she saw was me!
                                    Jean Warren

 
PLASTIC BUGS
Add plastic bugs to the play area, or water table for your children to play with.
Encourage them to notice their color and different features.
 
BUG HUNT
Go outside with your children to look for bugs.
Under rocks and in the grass are good places to look.
Have your children observe the bugs outside but do not bring them inside or encourage toddlers to pick them up.
Read up on the common bugs in your area, so that you can name the bugs as your children find them.
 
BUG SNACKS
Bugs on a log – celery sections, filled with cream cheese or cheese spread, then topped with raisins for bugs.
Lady Bug crackers – cover crackers with red (or pink) frosting or cream cheese.  Add raisin eyes and dots on the back of the lady bugs.
 
LANGUAGE TIME
 Read the book “Five Little Lady Bugs” to your children.
 
MUSIC
 

THE BUGS ARE MARCHING INTO TOWN
Tune:  “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again”

The bugs are marching into town, hooray! Hooray!
The bugs are in a great big Bug Parade.
Some are black and some are red.
Some have antenna on their heads.
Oh, we’re oh so glad the bugs could come today.
                                     Jean Warren
 

LADY BUG, LADY BUG
 
Lady bug, lady bug, crawl, crawl, crawl.
Lady bug, lady bug, on the wall.
Lady bug, lady bug, look out don’t fall!
                                    Jean Warren


LADY BUGS ALL DRESSED IN RED

Lady bugs all dressed in red,
Strolling thru the flower beds.
If I were tiny, just like you
I’d creep among the flowers, too   
                                  Author Unknown