Learning Objective(s): To design a model of the ladybug life cycle and be able to describe the individual stages.
Some of the activities on this blog come from STEM playgroup events. At our last meeting we created models of ladybug life cycles, featured in this post. These models require a few materials that you can purchase from a craft store such as Michaels and the grocery store. One of the goals of the session was for the children to learn the stages of the ladybug life cycle.
Here are the items that can be used to make the model: Bulsa wood, white rice, yellow rice, wooden ladybugs, tacky glue, felt leaves, green and brown pipe cleaners, paper and transparent tape.
After a parent read a book about ladybugs from the local library which discussed life cycles and other attributes of these beetles, the kids designed their models to take home. Bulsa wood was pre-cut to about 8 inches long and all items were taped or glued on as shown above. While the white rice represented eggs, the brown rice represented aphids, delicacies of ladybugs. Ladybugs lay their eggs on the undersides of leaves, hence the white rice was glued to the leaves. Larva and adult ladybugs eat aphids, displayed in the brown rice near them.
These models are fun to create and an active way for children to science.