I am always looking for fun, interactive ways to re-introduce concepts like numbers, shapes, and colors into our play. This ladybug matching game took only a few minutes and a couple sheets of construction paper to complete but was an awesome opportunity to practice counting and number recognition all while kicking back on the floor together.
Craft/Activity/Snack: Ladybug Number Matching Game
Objective: Create ladybugs by pairing the numeral with the correct number of spots
Skills Utilized: number recognition, counting, fine motor skills, puzzle making
Suggested Reading: The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Materials: red construction paper, black marker, and scissors
Start by cutting out 10 or more ladybug shapes
Color in the head, add a numeral and corresponding number of spots
Cut the bug in half where one piece has the spots and the other piece has the number written
Once they’re all done, your kiddos are ready to play!
Jasper can recognize the digits 0-9 so we worked on counting each spot and then searching for the correct numbered half to match up to the spots.
He was a champ! I was impressed by not only how well he could do it, but by how perfectly he laid out the bugs and his insistence that we do it over and over again.
- Instead of numbers, match upper and lower case letters
- After assembling the bugs, use them as counters for basic arithmetic
- Draw bugs instead of cutting them out; for younger children write the numbers and let them dot the ladybug, for older children, draw the spots and have them write the number
- Learn about how ladybugs can help a garden