Our paper plate ladybug craft for kids turns out really cute everytime. This little bug makes the perpect insect craft for toddlers or preschoolers as it has just enough steps that overlap to keep their interest (ie: while one plate dries you can start on the next step). It seems like a lot of steps, but it really goes together easily and our daughter really enjoyed this great kids craft - especially the black spots part!

What you'll need:

  • 3 small paper plates
  • Red and black paint
  • Red and black construction paper
  • Disposable foam paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Pipe cleaners
How to make your Paper Plate Ladybug:
  • Cut the center circle out of one of the paper plates. Paint the circle black.
  • Paint the second paper plate (the whole plate) black.
  • Cut the third paper plate in half and then paint both halves red.
  • Glue the black circle to the underside of the black paper plate.
  • Glue the red halves to the black paper plate body so that they are split a little bit (so you can see some of the black body underneath them).
  • Dip the handle end of one of the paint brushes in black paint and use it to make the spots on the red ladybug wings.
  • Cut 6 thin strips of black construction paper that are all the same length. Accordian fold the strips and glue them onto the underside of the body, 3 on each side.
  • Use your hole punch (or if you don't have a hole punch have an adult poke two holes in the ladybug's head with scissors) to punch two holes in the ladybug's head near the body. Stick half of a pipe cleaner into each hole and twist very slightly at the bottom so they don't fall out.
  • Glue two googly eyes onto the head.
  • Cut a smile out of red construction paper and glue onto the head.
paper plate ladybug craft