Good morning everyone! We’re off to another week of learning and we’re starting out by joining the Spring version of “A Book and a Big Idea” hosted by iHomeschool Network!
Several of the network bloggers are sharing activities, learning resources, and crafts that are based on spring children’s books and we decided to share a few printable activities for The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle! We’re even sharing a free printable pack for our readers! Plus, see how to use it to make a cute ladybug counting craft!
Printable Activities for the Grouchy Ladybug
To do these printable activities, you’ll need the following:
Our kids love reading The Grouchy Ladybug. They always laugh at how cantankerous the ladybug is at the beginning.
He’s just mean and stubborn and unnecessarily contentious.
But after an encounter with a much, much, much larger animal (a whale), he is sufficiently chastened to show a little gratitude to his fellow ladybug.
To take the ladybug theme a bit farther, we created a few hands-on math and early reading activities.
In one of the math activities, we had the boys color ladybug templates.
Then we colored in fraction parts and cut out ladybug “spots”.
Jay had the boys sit on the floor and use a piece of posterboard as a surface. Sitting at the dining room table can get kind of dull after a while. 🙂
They practiced counting, basic addition, and subtraction with the ladybug spots. As they added up the number of spots on each side, they learned a few ways to add and reach 10.
We used the fraction parts to introduce the concept of one-half, one-fourth, and a whole. Who knew ladybugs and fractions could go well together?
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Feel free to download our Ladybug Learning Printable Pack! You’ll find the math templates we used in the pack, as well as early reading printables for the Grouchy Ladybug that reinforce same and different and big and small concepts.
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Get plenty of inspiration for teaching preschoolers in your homeschool on my Learning for Little Ones Pinterest board!
This post is part of the “A Book and a Big Idea: Spring” linkup at iHomeschool Network! Stop by and see how our fellow bloggers are learning about spring with their families this year!