We have just been “buzzing” with excitement over bug week over here! I have done a shape activity similar to this for other themes, and when my “boss mom” got these shape foam stickers for us, I knew I had to make them into a bug week project for us! Remember, you can simply cut out shapes and use glue rather than buy the stickers for your project. No matter what, your little one will love matching up the shapes and colors on this easy to put together craft.
Craft/Activity/Snack: Shape Match Butterflies and Ladybugs
Objective: To practice shape recognition by matching shapes to the ones drawn onto butterflies, ladybugs and any other bugs you can come up with!
Skills Utilized: shape recognition, color recognition, fine motor skills (peeling sticker backs off is no easy task for little fingers!)
Suggested Reading: Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
Materials: Butterfly shape cut out of any color paper, ladybug shape cut out of red paper, markers, foam shape stickers (found at Michaels)
First, arrange the shape stickers on the ladybug and/or butterfly. For our butterfly, I was sure to tie in symmetry like we learned about in last weeks project.
Next, trace around the shapes, using a marker the same color as the shape.
I gave Maddy and her friend the bug and the shape stickers and explained to match the stickers to their shape and color. Maddy absolutely LOVED this challenge. For her, it became more of an independent activity as she named the colors and shapes on her own while peeling the stickers and carefully matching them.
There is nothing better than seeing the pride she takes in her work!
Ways to Expand Upon this Activity:
- Give older children more stickers than required for their insect so there is more of a “challenge”.
- Search for ladybugs and butterflies outside.