Summertime means that there are lots of insects all around us to see! While most people want to avoid ants, mosquitoes, bees, and wasps, there is one insect that people don’t mind seeing. The lucky ladybug is very popular with most kids. Getting to know this lovely little red friend is a great way to spend time during summer months in speech and language.
Get to know the lovely little lady
Not all children will be familiar with ladybugs. Books are a wonderful way to start extended activities and allow all kids to get to know more about these favorite insects. Take time to read a story together about ladybugs. Begin with a book walk, and make predictions about the story and what is happening on each page. Some picture books about ladybugs include:
- Starting Life: Ladybug by Claire Llewellyn
- The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carlyle
- A Ladybug Larva Grows Up by Katie Marsico
- Are You a Ladybug? by Judy Allen
- Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
- Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! by Mem Fox
- Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons
- A Ladybug’s Life by John Himmelman
When finished reading, take time to talk about the books. What did you learn about ladybugs? What was your favorite part of the book and why? Ask to see which students have ever seen a ladybug in person. If there is time perhaps you can look for some outside and think of places to check.
Lots of ladybug crafts
Making crafts that can extend to speech and language are a lot of fun for kids. They will adore the 3D Paper Ladybug Craft for Kids from Crafty Mornings. To do this, you will need (1) red and black construction paper, (2) scissors, (3) glue, (4) black marker, and (5) googly eyes. Follow the directions on their post. To adapt the craft for speech and language, put letters on the ladybug’s black dots using a sparkle pen. These can then be used for a game that kids can take home. Kids can close their eyes and point to a random letter dot. Then, they can roll a die for the number of words that start, end, or use that letter in it. Change this up based on the individual needs and be sure to send home instructions for multilingual families to be able to participate. If this does not work for the kids in your sessions, check out the large number of ladybug crafts on Pinterest. Any number of these could be used and altered for speech and language sessions.
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