Friday, April 3, 2009

Friday Freebie: The Grouchy Ladybug Story Props

Happy Friday!!

Today I am sending all of my followers story props for the wonderful book,

The Grouchy Ladybug, by Eric Carle
You can use the story props in a variety of ways:
As you read story, choose the correct prop and place it on the page
You can attach craft sticks to the props and use them to act out the story
Sequencing and reading comprehension
If you are reading to a group, each child can have his/her own prop and hold it up at the appropriate time
You can use Velcoins and attach them to the book

Vicki Blackwell has a great Grouchy Ladybug site with lots of free printables.
Here is her ladybug clock and a great ladybug glyph

Enchanted Learning has many ladybug activities: costume, life cycle, egg carton ladybug, puppet, printable books and more!

After reading, make a really cute ladybug windsock:

Construction paper as follows:
two 10" red circles (body)
two 10" black circles (body)
two 4 1/2" x 6" strips of black (dots)
two 6" black circles (head)
four 3" x 4" strips of black (antennae)
four 2" black circles (eyes)
four 3" yellow circles (eyes)
one 9" x12" sheet of black
Other supplies:
six 2 foot black crepe-paper streamers
4 foot length of yarn for hanging
hole puncher

To make two bodies:
Cut a pie wedge from one red circle.
Glue the red circle on top of the 10" black circle.
Cut several small circles from a 4 1/2" x 6" strip of black paper. Glue these cutouts to the red circle.
Repeat steps one through three for the second body.
To make two heads:
Stack together two 3" x 4" strips of black paper and cut out two antennae shapes.
Glue the antennae strips to a six-inch black circle.
For eyes, glue two of the 2" black circles to two yellow circles.
Glue the resulting eyes on the ladybug's head.
Repeat steps one through four to make the second head.
To complete the project:
Glue each completed head to a completed body.
Glue the six crepe-paper streamers to a long edge of the 9" x 12" sheet of black paper: then roll the paper into a cylinder and glue.
Glue the cylinder between the two ladybug projects.
Punch two holes near the top and on opposite sides of the cylinder. Thread one yarn end through the holes and knot it so that one end of the yarn can be used to suspend the project.
Center the yarn between the antennae and glue the top part of each pair of eyes together

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Happy Friday!


  1. I love your blog! I have enjoyed everything you posted!! I was wondering if it would be possible for you to resend me The Grouchy Ladybug props.... I accidently deleted the file before I got to print! :(

  2. Are you still willing to send the retelling pieces?