Ladybird Inspired Play

Ladybird Inspired Play

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…


Ladybirds in the garden - from Rachel (",)


‘What the Ladybird Heard’ Story Basket

We love retelling stories…

What the Ladybird Heard story basket from Rachel (",)


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.

Catching the ladybirds - a fine motor game from Rachel (",)

Sort the Ladybirds

They love doing this…

Using fine motor skills to sort coloured ladybirds - from Rachel (",)

Making Patterns with Black Pebbles in Red Sand

Making patterns with black pebbles in red sand - from Rachel (",)

Ladybird (FREE) Printable and Buttons

Fine motor fun with ladybirds (FREE printable) from Rachel (",)

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…

Farm small world play - inspired by 'What the Ladybird Heard'... from Rachel (",)


Minibeasts on the Discovery Table

Always popular…

Minibeast small world play from Rachel (",)


Maths Opportunities with Ladybirds

Out came my homemade numbered ladybirds again…

Ladybird-inspired maths from Rachel (",)

Counting, One-to-One Correspondence and Number Recognition

Counting, one to one correspondence and number recognition - from Rachel (",)

Counting, Number Recognition and Fine Motor Work

Counting, number recognition and fine motor work from Rachel (",)

Counting Ladybirds

Counting ladybirds (FREE printable) from Rachel (",)

(This is a FREE printable – available to download from this post.)

Ladybird Peg Game

Ladybird peg game (FREE printable) from Rachel (",)

If you’d like a copy of this game, you can download it here: Ladybird Peg Game from Rachel (“,)

Ladybird Counting and Simple Addition

Ladybird counting and simple addition from Rachel (",)


OHP fun with Red and Black Loose Parts

Some of the minibeasts ended up on there too!

Red and black loose parts on the OHP - from Rachel (",)


Transient Art with Red and Black Loose Parts

Transient art with red and black loose parts from Rachel (",)


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!

Ladybird and numbered glass pebbles on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

You may remember the fun we had with cellophane ladybirds a couple of years ago…

Counting spots on laminated cellophane ladybirds on the lightbox, from Rachel (",)

Our non-spotted versions came out and the children added black pebbles and matched a number…

Ladybird number work on the light panel - from Rachel (",)


Enjoying Red Water

Potions, potions, potions!

Enjoying red water - from Rachel (",)


Ladybird Inspired Play Dough

Ladybird-type creatures were created…

Ladybird inspired play dough - from Rachel (",)

and, of course, lots of baking…

Play dough play from Rachel (",)


Red & Black Bottle Top Play

We love free resources!

Ladybird inspired red and black bottle top play - from Rachel (",)


Hunt for Ladybirds in our Outdoor Area

… with my simple painted rocks…

Ladybird hunt in the garden - from Rachel (",)


Creating Ladybirds (& other Creatures) with Loose Parts

Creating ladybirds and other creatures with loose parts - from Rachel (",)


I shared this game last year. Click on the photo to take you to the post if you wish to download a copy…

Ladybird game from Rachel (",)


Some abandoned play I came across…

… fine motor skills and one to one correspondence 😉

Abandoned play - from Rachel (",)


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 🙂

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A bunny rabbit and a horse... from Rachel (",)

– Rachel (“,)

Outfits with ladybirds on... from Rachel (",)



  1. Looks fantastic! Love your hand made glass and stones ladybirds! I would love to see photos of your storage for all of your amazing resources. How do you organise it? 🙂

  2. Love it! Yet more fantastic ideas, as soon as one of mine shows the slightest interest in ladybirds all of this is happening!!

    • That made me smile, Ben – thank you! 🙂

  3. Thank you more fab ideas!!! Love the story basket and farm link ! Hope you have a great summer break

    • Thank you very much Sandra! 😀

  4. Your shares are awesome Rachel! Thankyou so very much. Find many interesting things that inspire me.

    • You’re welcome, Virgie! 🙂


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