Learning Linguistics with Lucky Ladybugs

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Interesting-Insect-Ideas-for-Speech-TherapySummertime means seeing insects all around. While we often try to avoid ants and bees, the lucky little ladybug is popular. Spend some time during summer sessions working on speech and language goals while having fun with this spotted friend.

Lots of Ladybug Stories

Sometimes you just want to have a little break to read a story together. This will allow kids time to practice what their predictions will be during a book walk. It also encourages them to feel comfortable using their words confidently in a small group setting. Some picture books about ladybugs include:

  • The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle – Classic story that shares the importance of good manner and friends.
  • Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth – The rhyming text provides a great chance to use it with echo reading as you try to find where the ladybugs have gone.
  • Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons – A book for older children to learn about these popular beetles.
  • Are You a Ladybug?  by Judy Allen – Read about what life would be like if you were a ladybug.
  • Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! by Mem Fox – The little ladybug likes to hide and readers help to locate her new hiding spots.

After reading the books, take time to discuss them. What was your favorite part of the book? What would you want to do if you were a ladybug? Of course, ask who has seen a ladybug in person and head outside to try to find some.

Craft Your Own Ladybug

There are a lot of different ladybug centered crafts available to make with children. Toddler Approved has one that will not take a lot of time. You will need paper plates, paint, paintbrush, black paper, tape, glue stick, and pipe cleaner. The instructions are easy to follow and will allow each child to have their very own ladybug. If you do not have space to pain paper plates, purchase some red plates to skip that step. Also allow each child to personalize their lady bug. When finished, have everyone tell a quick story introducing their ladybug.

Ladybug Matching Game

Make a giant ladybug body out of a large piece of red poster board. Decorate all of the body except for the famous black dots. Make groups of dots that work on specific goals that children are working on. Each can be personalized for their own matching game. Some children may have rhyming words, while others may have a focus on articulation. Make matching dots and place them onto the ladybug’s body face down to begin play. When someone finds a match, they must use it in a sentence in order to keep them for points.

When finished with the matching game dots, send them home. Provide a list of the words and what families can do to practice. For multilingual families, it may be helpful to have translations on the dots when they stay with the children. Provide additional suggestions for ways to use the dots in a fun way so everyone will want to continue along.

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