The Grouchy Ladybug Craft for Kids (with Free Printable)

Here’s an easy paper plate ladybug craft for kids to go along with Eric Carle’s The Grouchy Ladybug. The ladybug craft also includes a free printable children can use to respond to the story and attach to their paper plate ladybug! (This post contains affiliate links. Thank you so much for your support!)

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 Paper Plate Ladybug Craft Inspired by Eric Carle's The Grouch Ladybug (with FREE printable)~ Buggy and Buddy

Previous Projects Inspired by Eric Carle

We are huge fans of Eric Carle’s books and have made quite a few projects to go along with his stories! (We’ve made caterpillar necklaces and sponge painted caterpillars inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and we’ve also made a counting game and felt story set to go with The Mixed Up Chameleon!) 

 Activities and Crafts Inspired by Eric Carle

Ladybug Craft Inspired by The Grouchy Ladybug

For our most recent activity based on a children’s book, we made paper plate ladybugs based on The Grouchy Ladybug! This story lends itself to all kinds of learning opportunities. You can use it to discuss times of day, using manners, and it fits perfecting in a unit on insects! 

For this particular activity I decided to focus on feelings. Theo and I have been talking a lot about different feelings people can have. This book is a great way to initiate conversations about this topic. I also created a free printable kids can use to illustrate various times when they’ve felt grouchy, happy, sad, and excited. The printable fits right inside the ladybug craft! (*Clipart from Scrappin Doodles.)

Paper Plate Ladybug Craft Inspired by Eric Carle's The Grouch Ladybug (with FREE printable)~ Buggy and Buddy

Materials for the Ladybug Craft

Free printable to go with The Grouchy Ladybug Craft

How to Make the Ladybug Craft

1. After reading The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle, fill in the feelings circle on the free printable. Cut out the circle and set it aside.

2. Paint one paper plate black and one paper plate red. 

paint paper plates red and black

3. Once the red paper plate has dried, paint some black circles onto it.

paint black circles onto the red plate

4. Cut out a black circle for the ladybug’s head from the construction paper. Add some googly eyes and black antennae. (We used black pipe cleaners for the antennae, but you can also just cut them from paper and glue them onto the head.)

make the ladybug's head

5. Glue the head to the top of your black paper plate. Glue the feelings circle you cut out previously to the center of the black plate.

glue the head and printable to the ladybug body

6. Cut the red plate in half. Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the top of each red half. 

cut the red plate in half and punch two holes at the top

7. Poke a hole right through the bottom of the ladybug’s head and black plate. (Try to line up the red wings to the black plate as best you can before deciding exactly where to poke the hole.) Use a brad to attach the two wings to the body. 

use a brad to attach the paper plate wings to the body

That’s it! You can display your ladybug with the wings open or closed!

Paper Plate Ladybug Craft Inspired by Eric Carle's The Grouch Ladybug (with FREE printable)~ Buggy and Buddy


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  1. This is so cute! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Unbelievably adorable and a “must try”. Thank you for a great tutorial.

  3. I love this! I’ve seen several ladybug paper plate crafts but this is the first one I’ve seen with wings that open up.


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