Inside: This fun ladybug craft is easy for preschoolers to make, and is a fun suncatcher for the window. Perfect for the bug-themed art table!
When we were putting together activities for our bug theme, I knew I wanted some sort of ladybug craft.
I wasn’t quite sure how we’d make them until I spotted some clear plastic dessert plates in the dollar store, and the idea came quickly.
I have a thing for suncatchers. I’m quite sure it’s because we have a lot of grey days in the Pacific Northwest, and I just long for color in our classroom windows. In fact, we’ve decorated our windows with color quite a few times, such as with our paper plate rainbow suncatchers, our Valentine’s heart suncatchers, and our tissue paper circle art.
So, I thought of a way for our young preschoolers to make a ladybug craft that could hang in our window as suncatchers.
And they look adorable in our classroom window!
How to Turn a Ladybug Craft into a Fun Suncatcher
What we used:
- Clear plastic dessert plates (check your dollar store!)
- Red tissue paper, cut into small squares
- Black circle stickers
- Black construction paper
- Black pipe cleaners
- White glue
- Googly eyes
- Scotch tape
Setting up this ladybug craft:
Cut circles from black construction paper for the ladybug’s head.
Bend the black pipe cleaners in half and then do a little spiral on each end to look like antennae.
Have all the supplies ready before calling your preschoolers to the art table. I cut the pages of black circle stickers so that each child got 6 stickers. (Some did ask for more and that was fine.)
Tell your children to paint their plates with glue.
Press the red tissue paper squares to the glue and then add the black circle stickers.
They can also put glue on the head (black construction paper circle). Our children chose different spots to place the heads of their ladybugs.
Tape the bottom of the black pipe cleaner antennae behind the head of the ladybug.
Then glue the eyes on.
You can decide how you want to hang these in your window.
For some of our ladybugs, we used a hole puncher so we could attach them to a suction cup hook.
For the rest, we wrapped them around a rod we keep in our window.
Either way, they look so cute!
And while this was all going on, we were also having a ladybug tea party in our dramatic play area.
This activity was part of our bug theme!
You can see how our classroom was set up here.