As a mom, I am so lucky because I have two toddlers who LOVE to read. I combined this love of reading to create this toddler ladybug activity. My mom recently purchased Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth for my kids. How do grandmas always know exactly what to get their grandchildren? Whatever my mom gets my kids is always a huge hit. Grandma for the win!
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My kids love this cute ladybug themed counting book so I knew I had to come up with a fun learning activity for it.
For the activity, we read the book and then learned how to sign numbers 1-10 in American Sign Language (ASL). If you are looking for a good video to learn numbers 1-10 in ASL, here is a great, child-friendly one.
Next, we talked about ladybugs and why they are important. We talked about how they looked (red, spotted with black, small, and round). We also talked about how ladybugs help farmers to be able to better grow their crops.
Finally, we ended our activity by doing a dot marker activity. I printed a free dot marker ladybug sheet from Free Preschool Coloring Pages. The ladybug sheet is towards the bottom, so keep an eye out for it. My oldest is obsessed with our dot markers. I try to put them into our rotation every few days and it’s always a fun activity. If you are on the fence about getting a set of dot markers, I recommend going for it!
Luckily, we already owned this book but if you are looking to buy Ten Little Ladybugs for this activity, but you can grab it on Amazon. If you are able to check the book out from your local library that would also be a great option.