This months Virtual Book Club for Kids author is Mem Fox – another new to us author and one that we loved flicking through the titles on Amazon to find one that appealed to T. With her nickname T-bug the book Yoo Hoo Ladybug was instantly picked and we brought it and have had so much fun reading it and deciding on what we wanted to do.
Yoo Hoo Ladybug by Mem Fox is aimed at preschoolers with great repetition and the fun of finding where the ladybug is hidden in each toy filled pictures T was entranced once she got the idea. No matter how many times we’ve ready it she seems to make a game out of not knowing where the ladybug is each time.
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To bring the book alive we first headed outside on a Ladybug hunt – this is still one of the kids favourite activities no matter how many times we do this – made all the more exciting by the addition of our bug boxes this year (although I hate to tell them that two are empty as far as I can see and the other is being inhabited by some sort of solitary bee!).
Finding them is easy this time of the year and we’ve left some (ok a lot) of our garden to go wild which encourages them as it’s full of aphids their favourite food.
Ladybug Sun Catcher
Liking to do a craft to bring the books alive with T and help her with early literacy skills we decided that we wanted to make a ladybug. We’d recently made some egg carton ladybugs and in the past had some paper plate ladybugs as well as finger painted ladybugs so this time we decided to make a sun catcher as we haven’t made one recently.
Materials needed for Ladybug Sun Catcher
Red Tissue Paper
Contact Paper (Sticky Back Plastic)
How to make a Ladybug Sun Catcher
This was the first time in a long while that I have used stick back plastic with T so first off there was a bit of an exploration of the material – I love her view of it – “It’s dlue but not messy – I can use it in the lounge”. I then cut out a solid ladybug shape from black card and then cut out the wings area leaving a black head and a thick outline around the edge. To make it have two wing halves I cut a thin strip the length of the wings and placed it all onto the stick back plastic.
We then got onto the fun bit – tearing up tissue paper this is great for fine motor skills and T loves tearing paper up I am working with her to tear into regular shapes instead of random strips and we are getting there.
Once everything is torn up she stuck the tissue paper down over the ladybugs wings it doesn’t matter if it goes over the outside edge as it will be cut away.
Once all is stuck cut out the ladybug from the sticky back plastic – if you cut just inside of the ladybug it’s easier to cut.
Using the part that you cut out for the wings cut out a number of spots and then cut some of the sticky back plastic and use that to stick the spots on. I took that as an opportunity to sit and do some counting, and maths language with T as we placed the spots down.
All finished stick to a window where the sun will come in and you have a beautiful ladybug Sun Catcher to go with the book Yoo Hoo Ladybug by Mem Fox.
Virtual Book Club for Kids
This months virtual book club for kids author is Mem Fox – if you would like to find out more about joining in with the Virtual Book Club or what it is then check out our information page to find out more.
The Virtual Book Club for Kids is cohosted by an amazing set of bloggers from around the world each month bringing the books alive with crafts, activities, learning and family fun please check out their blogs to find out more ideas.
Toddler Approved– The Educators’ Spin On It– Rainy Day Mum– 3 Dinosaurs– Learn~Play~Imagine – Crafty Moms Share – Reading Confetti–Inspiration Laboratories – Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas – Kids Yoga Stories – Enchanted Homeschooling Mom– Ready-Set-Read – Boy Mama Teacher Mama – PlayDrMom – Fantastic Fun and Learning – Growing Book by Book– Royal Baloo – The Outlaw Mom® Blog – Kitchen Counter Chronicles – Teach Preschool – Mama Smiles – Coffe Cups and Crayons – Juggling With Kids – Here Come the Girls
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