Posted by: ad65shorty | May 14, 2009

Ladybug Counting


This is a simple matching game that I created. It doesn’t take too much prep, and if laminated, will last for a good, long time!


Paper ladybugs (directions below)

Black beans


Have your children place dots (black beans) on the ladybugs, according to the number shown on the bug.

How to make the ladybugs:

1.  Cut three circles–one big one out of red paper (wings), one big one out of black paper (body), and one small one out of black paper (head).

2.  Cut the red circles in half.

3.  Glue the red halves onto the big black circle–separate them a bit to look like wings.

4.  Glue the small black circle on top.

5.  Write the numbers on the body in between the wings.  I did 1-10 for preschoolers, but focus on whatever your child needs (my son is working on solidifying his recognition of numbers 11-20).

6.  Do not put any dots on the ladybugs. These will be placed by the children.

Another version you may enjoy with letters. Great for letter recognition or spelling practice!



  1. Cute idea Angee! I love it. Do you have you’re own laminating machine or do you take your project somewhere?

    • Sara,

      I don’t own my own machine–way too expensive!!

      You can use contact paper, which works the same way. Or, I take mine to the UPS Store. They do a fabulous job for cheap!! Also, teacher stores usually have laminators you can use. To me, it’s worth the money to have things last through hours of little hands!

      Good luck!

      Angee 🙂

  2. I was wondering if it would be alright to feature a picture and link to this wonderful activity for my L alphabet review post for Totally Tots Now I Know my ABC’s?

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