It occurred to me that the ladybirds I used to make my counting ladybirds (here) were the same shape as bees so, with the (hopeful) summer coming along, I decided to make some.
Thought I’d share how I made them…
Ok, so they started out like this:
Firstly I painted all of the ‘bees’ yellow. It took 3 coats of paint (the ladybirds only needed 2 coats). Then I painted the noses black – only 1 coat of paint needed for this.
The stripes were a tricky business!
The spots & numbers on the ladybirds were done with permanent marker & were really easy to do. The stripes? Not so easy! I used a pen for the first bee, but my unsteady hand left the lines so wobbly that I thought I’d have a go with paint for the next one. Unfortunately, my (cheap) paintbrush splayed out & left blank paint marks (which I subsequently went over with the pen), so I decided to stick with the marker.
I’ve decided that the slightly wobbly lines will just have to add to the ‘charm’ of the homemade nature of them. I’m sure the 3 & 4 year olds in my class aren’t going to be too worried about it 😉
I wasn’t sure what to do about the numbers – the numbers on the back of the ladybirds equated to the total number of spots on the front. In the end, I decided just to number them 1 to 10.
I finished them off with a coat of quick dry varnish.
I’m quite pleased with the end result; I think we’ll enjoy using them 🙂
When I showed my Nursery Nurse the idea for ladybird glass nuggets (these ones) a few months ago, she suggested that we could make bees too. So I did…
Aren’t they cute?!
My plan is to use them in a number activity, but I’m sure they’ll get used for other purposes too.
Thanks for reading!