Torn paper grouchy ladybugs

One of my favorite authors is Eric Carle and with his birthday coming up on June 25th, I thought I would spend a little time sharing ideas that I have used to extend his books in my classroom….

“The Grouchy Ladybug” is about a ladybug that spends an entire day picking a fight with each new animal or creature she encounters throughout the day…

This book is wonderfully illustrated and there is much more to the book than at first meets the eye – from the sun rising and setting, to the clock on each page showing the time, to the unusual creatures that the ladybug encounters on each page…

Of course, if you are going to read about a grouchy ladybug, you can extend the reading by making a grouchy ladybug too…

We made a torn paper grouchy ladybug.  Before starting, the children helped me make my own ladybug.  I started with one piece of red paper for the ladybug then we needed to add dots.  The children noticed that I only had one black dot to start with and it was a big black dot. So I decided (out loud) that I could tear the paper into pieces to make more than one black dot…

Each time I tore the paper in half, the children discovered that we could make more dots and that our one large dot was now a half of a dot and soon we had one-fourth of a dot.  We even noticed that if were to put all four pieces of our torn circle back together, we would have one whole dot again! Kind of like a puzzle…

Now the children went off to create their own “grouchy ladybugs hidden in the grass.”   As always, the children interpreted the process the way they understood it or preferred….

Tearing the paper was quite challenging for their fine motor skills. The children had to perfect their technique for how to get a tear to start then take it from there…

But it didn’t take long before we had all kinds of grouchy ladybugs showing up on our paper…

And some of our grouchy ladybugs made themselves at home in the grass…

“Hey you!”  “Do you want to fight?” Then just try and say that these don’t look like ladybugs!

Simply beautiful!

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By |2012-06-20T15:02:49+00:00June 20th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

One Comment

  1. Stacie June 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    I love the Grouchy Ladybug! We made a magnetic clock to go with our reading of the book — https://www.motherhoodonadime.com/kids/magnetic-clock-craft/

    That’s been a while back, but we still have it and pull it out sometimes!

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