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Ladybug Counting

Explore counting and animal knowledge with your child by creating ladybug art.


  • Construction Paper
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Crayons or Markers
  • Small Notebook
  • Scissors (adult only)


  1. Draw a ladybug with your child on one sheet of paper and draw 10 spots on a separate sheet of paper.
  2. Use scissors to cut out the spots for your child.
  3. Ask your child to place a specific number of spots on the ladybug and to count aloud as she places them. For example, say, “Let’s make a ladybug with 4 spots!”
  4. Then encourage your child to add spots. You might say, “Now, let’s make a ladybug with 6 spots – how many spots should we add on so that there are six spots all together?”
  5. Finally, encourage your child to subtract spots. You can say, “Now, let’s make a ladybug with 3 spots! How many spots should we take away so that there are 3 spots left?”

Talk About It

Search on the Internet or in books to find pictures of ladybugs. Encourage your child to count the spots on the ladybugs he finds and label each ladybug’s color. For an extra challenge, show him pictures of two ladybugs, and ask him to count the spots on each one and then ask how many spots they have all together.

Take It Further

Take your child on a walk around the neighborhood for an animal scavenger hunt! Create a list that shows how many of each animal your child needs to find. For example, challenge her to find 4 dogs, 3 squirrels, 6 birds, and 1 insect. Have her check off each animal from the list when she finds it. At the end of the scavenger hunt, add together all of the animals that were checked off to see how many she found all together!

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