If your little one’s got a thing for ladybugs, then this art project is a must try! With only a few steps, you’ll be able to make an interactive ladybug for your toddler to pull around on a string all around the house.
This project has a special place in my heart. When I was babysitting age my mom (an elementary art teacher) gave me this easy art project to take with me to my babysitting jobs to keep kids busy. It was always a big hit! We used to make turtles, but it easily works for ladybugs too.
1. First draw a simple outline of a ladybug on a thick, heavy watercolor paper with a Sharpie.
2. Let your child paint in the ladybug any way they want. :)
3. Once dried, glue on some googly eyes for a little character. TIP: Hit up the local Dollar Store for supplies – they have everything you need!
4. Cut out the ladybugs.
5. Make one cut up the middle of the ladybugs back to the center of its shell.
6. Pull the pieces of the paper together so it makes a cone-like shape and staple together. It will create a 3D effect of the ladybug’s back, and look like he’s coming alive.
7. Staple a string to the head of the ladybug so your little one can pull it around the house.
8. Next time try the turtles – they’re just as cute!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stacy Brown is a momtrepreneur, mom of two, wife, dog lover, marketing guru, blogger, Cheesehead, and children’s book author. Her children’s books combine the enjoyment of reading and learning with the excitement of coloring and drawing (right in the books)! Her passion for art and design come from her mother, an elementary art teacher and artist. For arts and crafts ideas for kids, visit Stacy’s blog TheSquirmyWormy.com or check out her children’s books on Amazon - counting, coloring and drawing tips for kids!