2 years old

Ladybug Spot Counting Activity


It's spring and we are loving spending time outside and looking for bugs!  But on those rainy days we are bringing the fun indoors with some spring themed activities, like this ladybug spot counting one.

What you'll need:

  • a plastic box
  • some dark coloured beans
  • plastic lids
  • red foam sheets
  • black marker
  • numbers (ours are from a wooden number puzzle)

The game is really simple to set up, I simply used a bin full of pinto beans (this one had previously been our hot chocolate sensory bin) and then added some wooden numbers from one of our number puzzles.  Then I put together some little ladybugs using milk lids.  I had a couple of red milk lids which were perfect and I just drew some little eyes and lines on, but for the blue lids I simply cut out a piece of red foam sheet to the size of the lid and then drew the lines and eyes onto the foam.

Then I set out the bin for the kids to play with and explore first.  They enjoyed scooping up the beans into the ladybug lids first, then I asked them to each choose a number and a ladybug to use.  They then had to pick out the correct number of beans and place them onto the ladybug.

We also played by putting different quantities of beans onto all of the different ladybugs and then finding the matching numeral to go with each ladybird.

It's a super easy activity for them and while being great for their counting skills it's also fantastic for fine motor control and a great opportunity to talk about ladybugs and how they all have different spots.  We've now been looking for real ladybugs whenever we're outside so that we can count how many spots they have!

This post is part of the Kids Activity Blog Hop, check out all of the other fantastic ideas for bugs and butterflies this month!

Get the Bugs Out Sensory Bin // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Butterfly Alphabet Puzzles // Modern Preschool
Butterfly World Play Dough Kit // Mama. Papa. Bubba.
Bug Addition Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Caterpillar Word Family Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Bug Race Math Game // The STEM Laboratory
Ant Life Cycle: First, Next, Then // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Butterfly I Spy Game // Pleasantest Thing
3D Ladybug Counting Game // M is for Monster
DIY Clay Minibeast Tic Tac Toe // Adventures of Adam
Butterfly Life Cycle Hats // Playdough to Plato
Butterfly Count and Color Sort // Powerful Mothering
Spring Insects Skip Counting Puzzles // The Simplified Classroom
Ladybug Spot Counting Activity // Play & Learn Every Day
Butterfly Memory Game // Teach Me Mommy
(Not Shown) Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly Craft // Life Over Cs

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  1. That's such a sweet idea! We have plenty of ladybirds appearing from our window frames at the moment if you would like me to post you some real ones to spot count? :D

  2. Such a lovely idea for little ones. Kids love ladybirds so I am sure these would be very popular x

  3. I always love the ideas on this blog - so simple yet effective.

  4. The milk lid labybugs are so clever. Mich x

  5. That is so cute and such a great way to get involved with numbers - we did a similar game with playdoh ladybirds!

  6. What a fab activity, I love this and so simple and achievable for everyone.

  7. This looks like a great idea, am always on the look out for nature inspired activities

  8. This looks so simple yet so much fun for the little ones x

  9. Awww, this is a super lovely idea.

  10. My girls used to love activities like this. They could sit for hours touching and sorting

  11. What a sweet idea, although I had to do a double take of the beans I thought they were coco pops lol x


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