How do you make a ladybug? Learn more about the importance of ladybugs in the garden and make this fun ladybug craft. Plus, make sure to download the free printable pack below that includes the lady bug life cycle! This anytime of the year craft is great for preschool and uses simple supplies.
How to Make a Lady Bug with a Cardboard Roll
Explore Ladybugs for Spring Science
Spring is the perfect time of year for science! There are so many fun themes to explore. For this time of the year, our favorite topics to teach kids about spring include weather and rainbows, geology, Earth Day, and of course, plants and ladybugs!
Learning about the life cycle of ladybugs is such a great lesson for the spring season! It’s the perfect activity to incorporate into learning about insects and gardens!
Get outside and look for ladybugs this spring! Ladybugs are great to have in your garden because the eat pest insects, and aphids. You might find them on the leaves of your plants and in other warm, dry places where they can find food.
While you’re at it, make sure to check out these other fun spring science activities.
Facts About Ladybugs for Kids
- A group of small insect beetles commonly known as ladybugs or ladybirds.
- Like butterflies, ladybugs go through 4 stages. Female ladybugs lay eggs, which hatch in 3 to 10, depending on the time of year. The larva will live and grow for about a month before it enters the pupal stage. Then adulthood.
- Adult ladybugs live for up to one year.
- Not all ladybugs are red with black spots. They can also be yellow, orange, brown, pink, or even all black.
- Ladybugs are welcome in the garden because they eat plant-damaging insects like aphids. These beneficial insects also eat fruit flies, thrips and mites.
- The bright colors and spots on ladybugs are not for looks alone. They are meant to warn would-be attackers that this beetle tastes terrible.
Learn more about ladybugs with our printable ladybug life cycle.
- Toilet Paper Rolls
- Red and Black Construction Paper
- Googly Eyes
- Sharpie Marker
- Scissors or Paper
STEP 1. Begin by cutting a BLACK piece of construction paper the same width as your toilet paper roll—wrap paper roll in the paper, secure with glue or tape.
STEP 2. Cut out 2 small antennas and glue them to the front inside of the roll. Cut out a RED circle and then cut that circle in half. These will be the wings. With a Sharpie, make dots on each of the wings.
STEP 3. Glue them on the front so that it looks like a pizza is missing a piece. Attach googly eyes to complete the face of your ladybug.
More Fun Bug Activities
Combine this ladybug craft with other hands-on bug activities for a fun spring lesson in the classroom or at home. Click on the links below.
- Build an insect hotel.
- Explore the life cycle of the amazing honey bee.
- Create a fun bumble bee craft.
- Enjoy hands-on play with bug theme slime.
- Make a tissue paper butterfly craft.
- Enjoy a butterfly sensory bin.
- Make an edible butterfly life cycle.
- Learn about ladybug life cycle.
- Make playdough bugs with printable playdough mats.
Printable Spring Science Activities Pack
If you’re looking to grab all of the printables in one convenient place plus exclusives with a spring theme, our 300+ page Spring STEM Project Pack is what you need!
Weather, geology, plants, life cycles, and more!