In honour of T’s birthday this week J and I have been making her some paper plate ladybirds. Now back in the summer, J and a very tiny T made some mini ladybugs but this time we decided to go BIG.
What you need to make Paper plate ladybirds
Pipe Cleaners (Chenille Sticks)
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How to make the Paper Plate Ladybirds
We decided to make 5 ladybirds for some reason (well it was 4 but J manged to find another paper plate somewhere) so I set J up with some paint, brushes and the paper plates.
J happily painted, T toddled around – until I heard the fatal words “TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO My Red Paint!” I wish I had a picture T had managed to grab hold of the paint pot pull it off the table and straight over herself and the floor – this is the reason why we have tiles and my kids normally look messy! Once J had painted the plates we left them to dry overnight – some her painted one side some both sides what ever took his fancy.
My first idea was to print the spots on using a cotton reel – but after a practise on some card – J needs a little more printing practice before we can print circles on as he instead loved to paint with the cotton reel instead of printing which was so much fun – but that is a completely different post. So what we did was once the plates were dry was draw a circle – some I did and some J did – as I wanted us to look at numbers and symmetry but without J realising it so I drew a line down the middle of the plate – on one side I drew either 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 circles and then J copied them on the other side of the line he did it really well.
We then coloured in the dots – some we coloured in with crayon and some with pen depending on what he picked up first. To make the head I very quickly drew around the top part of the plate and cut it – all the time J was saying “CAREFUL Scissors are sharp!” he then used the only glue left in the house (we’ve had a very sticky week of craft!) my glue pen and glued them on.
No ladybird would be complete with antenna which J decided would have to be pipe cleaners – so using a crayon we wound it around the crayon and the attached with sticky tape.
J added some googley eyes to the ladybirds and they were finished.