Spring is in the air and our garden is full of one of our favourite bugs the little tiny ladybird or ladybug. This fun ladybird craft for your kids to do will make the perfect decorated pot for them to plant some pretty flowers to attract ladybirds to your garden. This is an ideal spring activity to do with your toddlers and preschoolers and we’ve teamed it up with one of our favourite Ladybug books as well. So here we go easy ladybird decorated pots for spring flowers.

Pinterest image of a ladybird plant pot craft for spring to make with toddlers and preschoolers. Images in the collage show the finished pot beside a ladybug flying insects book and below 2 of the stages of making the pot

Spring Craft Ladybug Clay Pots

Growing plants is a great idea to do in the spring with kids from toddler up and what is better than growing in a pot that they have created themselves.

painting a clay pot with acrylic craft paints

This is a simple craft and can be a little bit messy for your child to do, but cover up your work area and be prepared to wash up well afterwards. It also takes a while to do because of drying in between coating different layers.

clay pot ladybug craft finished with pipe cleaner antenae on a red spotted paper against a white background

Once completely dry you can fill with some soil or compost and then plant some seeds and nurture to watch them grow.

Read our top tips for growing plants from seeds with toddlers and preschoolers.

Materials to make your Ladybird Pots for Spring Crafts

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  • Small terracota (clay) pot
  • Red and black acyrlic paint – this one is the set we have
  • Paintbrushes – a thick one and thin one to do the colour and then the line and spots
  • Paper plate or paint palete for putting the paints on
  • Googly eyes a set like this is good with different sizes in
  • Black pipe cleaner (cut in half)
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks (this will need you to do instead of your child)

How to Make your Ladybug Decorated Pots

  1. Set the clay pot on surface that can be easily cleaned
  2. Paint the clay pot red. Put aside to dry.
  3. Using black paint, paint a line down the front of the clay pot. Paint spots on the sides of the line. Allow time to dry.
  4. Fold the pipe cleaner half, in half. Curl the ends (for the antennae.)
  5. Place a small dot of hot glue on the point of the antennae.
  6. Attach to the inside of the clay pot above the black line.
  7. Glue the eyes on. (Or use self-stick googly eyes.)

Fill with potting compost and plant some seeds.

ladybug clay pot infront of the book Ladybug Flying Insects that inspired by the kids craft

Ladybug Books

With our toddler and preschooler crafts and activities I always try and suggest a book or books to go along with the activity. We have a fantastic selection of ladybird books that you can pick from but as we decorated the pot I wanted to focus on the form so picked the book Flying Insects Ladybug by RE Robertson to read alongside it.

This non-fiction book is great for any of your little ones that always ask what and why it explores the different stages of the ladybird lifecycle as well as parts of the body and what makes them an insect as well.

flying insect ladybug craft for kids to make a ladybird clay pot painted by a toddlers

More Ladybird Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

If you are looking for others check out these 3 recommendations below these are fantastic to read alongside this activity and as you do more Ladybird themed fun!

a clay pot painted with red and decorated with pipe cleaners and googley eyes to look like a ladybird on a red spotted paper text reads Spring Craft Plant Pot Ladybird
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Clay Pot Ladybug Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

A simple and easy spring craft for toddlers and preschoolers to create a painted ladybird pot to use for planting some easy to grow spring flowers in.
Prep Time2 mins
Active Time15 mins
Drying Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 17 mins
Keyword: Preschool Craft, Simple Toddler Crafts, Spring Crafts
Yield: 1 pot
Author: Cerys Parker

Equipment

  • Paint brush
  • Hot Glue Gun

Materials

Instructions

  • Set the clay pot on an easy clean surface.
  • Paint the clay pot red inside and out and then set aside to dry.
    painting a clay pot with acrylic craft paints
  • Using the black paint, paint a line down the front of the clay pot. Paint spots either sides of the line. Allow time to dry.
    adding the division of the wings of a ladybird and spots to a painted clay pot for a ladybug planter kids can make
  • Fold the pipe cleaner half, in half. Curl the ends (for the antennae.)
    making antennae out of pipe cleaners
  • Place a small dot of hot glue on the point of the antennae.
  • Attach to the inside of the clay pot above the black line.
    antennae attached to the inside of the clay pot
  • Glue the eyes on.
    clay pot ladybug craft finished with pipe cleaner antenae on a red spotted paper against a white background
  • Fill with soil and add some seeds.

More Ladybird Activities for your Toddlers and Preschoolers

Looking for more activities then why not try these.

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Bugs are insects - ladybug addition with play dough part of the Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum
Pinterest image of the close up of a ladybird planter that kids can make text reads Easy fun spring craft for tots ladybug pot to plant
Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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