Our friend, the ladybug: an activity for children of all ages. Entomology is the study of insects. In this activity, children will become entomologists as they study and learn all about ladybugs.
- garden notebook
- art medium of your choice (colored pencils, watercolors, etc.)
- page protectors
- Read one of the highly recommended resource books about ladybugs included in this week’s lesson.
- Draw a ladybug and label each part.
- For younger children: Have them tell you about the functions or role of as many parts of a ladybug as they are able. (Document this information in their garden notebook).
- For older children: Have them write about the function or role of each part of a ladybug in their garden notebook.
- Include their family and order: Coccinellidae family of the beetle order, Coleoptera.
- Have your older child draw the life cycle of a ladybug.
- Find answers to questions such as, “what do ladybugs eat?”, “what are a threat to ladybugs? (remember to talk about pesticides)”, “barring being eaten, how long do ladybugs live?”, “why are ladybugs so brightly colored?”, “what colors are ladybugs?”, “why do ladybugs have spots?”, “why are ladybugs helpful to a garden?” and include the answers in the garden notebook.
- Feel free to add poems, memories, or quotes about ladybugs to the garden notebook as well.
A small speckled visitor
Wearing a crimson cape
Brighter than a cherry
Smaller than a grape
A polka-dotted someone
Walking on my wall
A black-hooded lady
In a scarlet shawl.
~Joan Walsh Anglund
Ladybugs all dressed in red
Strolling through the flowerbed.
If I were tiny just like you
I’d creep among the flowers too!