Ladybugs (or Ladybirds, for our UK friends) are one of the first insects to emerge in the spring. California doesn’t have much of a winter anyhow, and on our after-dinner walk yesterday we came across a swarm of ladybugs!
Learning About Ladybugs
Since the ladybugs (or Coccinellidae, if you want to use their scientific name) were everywhere, the kids had plenty of opportunities to gently observe them up close. It was really neat to see the different shell markings, and to watch them crawl around until they got tired of visiting with us and spread their wings to fly:
Johnny had one ladybug that flew from one hand to the other, so we got to see the wings slowly retracting:
Until they vanished entirely as the shell plates (called Elytra) close.
One ladybug liked us so much that he caught a ride home on Emma’s shirt. We decided to leave it on a flower near our home.
Ladybug Books for Kids
Do your kids love ladybugs? Here are some great books about and featuring ladybugs – some non-fiction and some fiction! This post may contain affiliate links which won’t change your price but will share some commission.
- First Discovery books are lovely, and The Ladybug and Other Insects is no exception. This non-fiction text introduces kids to the life cycle of the ladybug, bringing it to life with spiral-bound transparencies for some of the illustrations.
- Julia Donaldson’s What the Ladybug Heard is a wonderful story about how you can make a BIG difference even if you are very small. It also makes wonderful use of friendship and teamwork.
- Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug! by Mem Fox. This hide and find book is one of my toddler’s all-time favorites!
- Ladybug Girl by David Soman is the first in a series of fictional books about a spunky girl who wears a ladybug costume and enjoys the beauty of pretend play. This is a lovely book for preschoolers and kindergartners.
Last year we found our first ladybug in February! Are you seeing any signs of spring where you live? Do you have a favorite book that features a ladybug?
After School Activities for Kids Aged 5-12
These posts stood out to me from last week’s linky:
- Creating Effective Morning Routines for Your Elementary School Child from The Educators’ Spin On It
- 5 Different Activities for 6 Lines of Tape from Hands On: As We Grow
- Balloon Archery Games from Brain Power Boy
What learning and playing is your family enjoying after school? Did you celebrate Pi Day on Saturday? If you share your family’s activities below, I or one of the other linky hosts may feature your post next week and to pin it to our After School Activities board on Pinterest!