Eric Carle Week: Teaching Activities for The Grouchy Ladybug
The Grouchy Ladybug is another one of Eric Carle’s delightful, engaging and beautifully designed books. There is so much to teach! For my pre-k kiddos we talk about sharing. In the story the friendly ladybug offers to share aphids with the grouchy ladybug at the beginning of the story, but the grouchy ladybug is greedy, mean, and tries to pick a fight with the friendly ladybug. The story circles back around beautifully to the friendly ladybug at the end of the story who is still kind to the grouchy ladybug offering again to share her aphids even though the grouchy ladybug was so mean earlier in the day.
The Grouchy Ladybug Circle Time Activities:
- My kids and I make a word web of things that we could share with a friend and situations where they could share.
- We talk about what it means to be friendly and what it means to be grouchy. I usually bring in pictures with magnetic tape on the back to show and they decide if the face/action on the picture belongs in the friendly or grouchy category on our white board.
- We talk about ways we could improve our mood if we are grouchy. The kids offer suggestions such as painting, singing happy songs, talking to a trusted adult about what is bothering us, hugging a special toy, drawing a picture etc. Encourage the students to find positive ways to manage their emotions and talk about why fighting is not a solution.
The Grouchy Ladybug also talks about time. I love that each page has a picture of a little clock that shows the time. Telling time is a little over my pre-k kiddos heads, but I do like to talk about the passage of time from day to night. Asking the kids what the sky looks like at night and what the sky looks like in the day. For older students when I read the story I usually give them a teaching clock such as a Judy Clock and have them turn the hands to the time on the page we are reading.
Art projects to go with The Grouchy Ladybug:
- This is one of my favorite projects I have designed. You need: two paper plates, red paint, paintbrush, black paint, black pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes, black construction paper, crayons and a brad. First I refer my students back to the list of thing that we could share that we talked about at circle time and ask them to draw a picture of something they could share with a friend on one of the paper plates. I ask them what their drawing is of and write it on the plate. Sit the sharing plates to the side so they do not get damaged in the second part of the activity. Next, have the students paint the other plate red. The plate will need time to dry. Either have the students cut out a large oval of black construction paper or pre-cut it. Then place wiggly eyes on the paper and punch holes at the top to stick pipe cleaners through to form antennae. After the red plate is dry have students use their thumbs to create black paint dots on the plate for the ladybugs spots. Cut the plate in half when dry and punch a hole in each side at the top. Punch wholes in the sharing plate at the top and in the head at the bottom. Then tread them all onto the brad to assemble the ladybug. You can punch holes in the red plate and use short pieces of pipe cleaner to create feet if desired. This activity always turns out so cute!
- The ladybug on a leaf project. Check out Tippytoe Craftssee how to make. This is another cute craft the kids love!