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It’s nature time! My son loves going on adventures in our yard and looking for bugs. He could spend hours catching bugs with his bug catcher! So today, we are going to be working on colors and counting with this cute ladybug activity. I’ve created this interactive activity for my three-year-old son to support his color and counting knowledge.
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This activity features language and cognitive development concepts children learn throughout their early childhood years as a toddler, preschooler, and within their early elementary school years. Specific age milestone information can be found with a simple internet search!
I want to continue working with my son on sorting and learning about colors!
First, let’s print and laminate (optional but recommended for multiple use) the leaf background sheet and ladybug cutouts. The ladybugs are all on one page and come in the following colors: red, green, orange, blue, yellow, purple, black, brown, pink and white.
Then, cut out the individual ladybugs. The ladybug cutouts will be used for matching the color of the ladybug to the corresponding leaf.
Then, place dot adhesives (soft side) on the individual ladybug cutouts. Put dot adhesives (rough side) on the leaves. Note: Adult Supervision is required. Use caution with the magnets, dot adhesives, and small pieces as they are not intended for use with children under the age of 3. Please use caution and supervise your child with the dot adhesives, magnets and small pieces when working on this activity. Only work on activities that you feel are safe for your child. Warning: Choking Hazard. Children under 3 should not participate in any activities that involve small pieces.
Is your child under 3? This activity includes a modified version of this activity available in bigger print for younger toddlers. Small pieces, magnets, and dot adhesives are not intended for use with the bigger print activities. Please remember that adult supervision is required with all activities shared and/or purchased on Simplicity Happens. Just a kind reminder to stay safe and have fun while learning with your little ones!
I used adhesive dots (soft side) on the back of the individual ladybug cutouts.
I used adhesive dots (rough side) on the leaves. I plan to hole-punch the leaf background scene to store within my son’s interactive play binder.
Now all of the materials are ready for your little one to have fun!
Step 1: Sort/Match the Ladybugs by Color
First, he sorts the ladybugs into groups.
Next, he matches the ladybugs by color.
Step 2: Receptive Labeling
This activity can be used for receptively labeling colors.
First, my son and I go through the colors together. I want to determine his ability to identify the colors when I name them. This demonstrates his ability to receptively label colors.
First, we work on receptive labeling:
Step 3: Expressive Labeling
This activity can be used for expressively labeling colors.
First, my son and I go through the colors together. I want to determine his ability to name the colors when I ask, “What color is this?” This demonstrates his ability to expressively label colors.
Now we work on expressive labeling:
Once we are finished playing with this activity, we clean up and store the ladybugs in this zip pouch for later use.
What did you and your little ones enjoy most about this activity? Let me know in the comments below!
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