There has been a bit of ladybird spotting in the garden recently & I suspect that this is why the children kept requesting some of our ladybird books at story time. As a result I decided to set out a few related invitations for them to explore…
‘What the Ladybird Heard’ Story Basket
We love retelling stories…
Fine Motor Fun
Catch the Ladybirds
A fine motor activity – they used the tweezers to pick out the smaller ladybirds from the red and black pom-poms & their fingers (with a pincer grip) to pick out the larger (quite slippery) ladybirds.
Sort the Ladybirds
They love doing this…
Making Patterns with Black Pebbles in Red Sand
Ladybird (FREE) Printable and Buttons
If you wish a copy of this printable you can download it here: Ladybird Fine Motor Game from Rachel (“,)
Please note, that you may with to enlarge the smaller printable ladybirds. I have some particularly small buttons and I wanted to challenge some of my more ‘dexterous’ children, but you may find you need them to be larger.
Farm in the Small World
As they enjoy the ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ stories so much…
Minibeasts on the Discovery Table
Maths Opportunities with Ladybirds
Out came my homemade numbered ladybirds again…
Counting, One-to-One Correspondence and Number Recognition
Counting, Number Recognition and Fine Motor Work
(This is a FREE printable – available to download from this post.)
Ladybird Peg Game
If you’d like a copy of this game, you can download it here: Ladybird Peg Game from Rachel (“,)
Ladybird Counting and Simple Addition
OHP fun with Red and Black Loose Parts
Some of the minibeasts ended up on there too!
Transient Art with Red and Black Loose Parts
Ladybirds on the Light Panel
These leaves are thick plastic coasters. I originally bought them for small world play, but they’re great on the light panel. My glass pebble ladybirds are going to need to be re-done soon. They’ve served me well for a few years though!
You may remember the fun we had with cellophane ladybirds a couple of years ago…
Our non-spotted versions came out and the children added black pebbles and matched a number…
Enjoying Red Water
Potions, potions, potions!
Ladybird Inspired Play Dough
Ladybird-type creatures were created…
and, of course, lots of baking…
Red & Black Bottle Top Play
We love free resources!
Hunt for Ladybirds in our Outdoor Area
… with my simple painted rocks…
Creating Ladybirds (& other Creatures) with Loose Parts
I shared this game last year. Click on the photo to take you to the post if you wish to download a copy…
Some abandoned play I came across…
… fine motor skills and one to one correspondence 😉
I have now officially finished for summer – phew! One shattered Rachel here! I will still be in school next week as I have sorting and organising to do, so I will try and get some ‘often-requested’ photos of my classroom to post.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Thanks so much for reading and for the amazing support over the last academic year 🙂
Would love you to come & say hello! 🙂
– Rachel (“,)