Paper Plate Ladybug

Paper Plate projects are my favorite - here's a simple one that will really engage preschoolers.

Paper Plate Ladybug Paper Plate Ladybug

Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration Under 15 minutes
Age 3+
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  • 2 Paper Plates
  • Black Paper
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes (Optional)
  • Red and Black Paint


    1. Preparation Step 1: Cut small circles from the black paper (these will form the ladybug's spots). If you do not have Large Googly eyes, create card eyes by cutting 2 circles out of white paper and sticking (or coloring) a smaller black dot inside.
    2. Paint one paper plate red and one black
    3. Adults: Cut the red paper plate in half
    4. Stick the black dots over the two red plate halves
    5. Adults: Stick the two red plate halves (wings) onto the black plate (body), to form the ladybug's wings. To do this stick the first wing on the body by positioning the corner about 2 inches down from the edge of the black plate. Now stick the second wing placing the corner in the same place with the straight edge alongside the straight edge of the previous wing - but with the base rotated slightly (you are aiming for a triangle of black body to show between the two wings).
    6. Glue the eyes onto the face.


    1. We used rolled up pieces of black tissue for the spots as we had some in our craft box and he really enjoys scrunching it up into little balls. By kamesbury - July 11


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    ✶✶✶✶ Easy and fun to make! By kamesbury - July 11

    This was great fun for my 2 and a half year old. Sometimes these kind of activities can be too long to keep their attention at this age but this was really quick and easy, he recognised what we were making and he was very pleased with the finished ladybird.

    Useful supplies

    RoseArt Washable Poster Paints 12-Count Assorted Colors Packaging May Vary (CYB76)
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    Nicole Home Collection 100 Count Everyday Dinnerware Paper Plate, 6-Inch, White
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    Creative Hands by Fibre-Craft – 5-30mm Black Glue-On Googly Eyes – Teaches Creativity – Multipurpose – 120 Pack
    $4.99 Buy on Amazon
    Elmer's Glue-All Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, Extra Strong, 7.625 Ounces, 1 Count (E1324)
    $1.99 Buy on Amazon

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