Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ladybug Life Cycle Song


     Ladybugs really capture our kids' imagination.  They are fascinated by the life cycle of the butterfly and frog, so I decided to teach them about the life cycle of a ladybug.  This week's Playful Preschool theme is life cycles.  Our kids had a lot of fun singing the Ladybug Life Cycle song I created.

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Ladybug Life Cycle Song (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)


The ladybug starts out as an egg
As an egg
As an egg
The ladybug starts out as an egg clinging to a leaf.
The egg hatches into a larva
Larva
Larva
The egg hatches into a larva
That sheds skin many times

The larva becomes a pupa
Pupa
Pupa
The larva becomes a pupa
That attaches to a leaf.

Inside the pupa a ladybug is formed
Ladybug is formed
Ladybug is formed
Inside the pupa a ladybug is formed
Until it's ready to crawl out.


We practiced the song while looking at the great pictures in this Ladybug Life Cycle post by Kidsgrowingstrong.org.  I would recommend looking at this post with your children or students while singing the song and pointing to the pictures.  For extended learning, here are some suggested resources.



Children can watch the life cycle of the ladybug with this kit which allows them to observe the ladybug life cycle firsthand.


These little models show the four stages of the ladybug life cycle that children can hold in their hands to get a closer look.

The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent is a story abut a caterpillar that is so preoccupied with becoming a butterfly that she brags about it to everyone she meets.  A polliwog is the only one who is impressed and promises to watch her transform.  He knows he will transform too and thinks perhaps he will be a butterfly.  His own transformation happens while he is busy watching the caterpillar's transformation.


Don’t miss out on all the great life cycle activities from the #PlayfulPreschool team!
Butterfly Life Cycle Activities for Kids

Butterfly Life Cycle Story Board by Growing Book by Book
Life Cycle of the Butterfly in Art by Powerful Mothering
Playdough Butterfly Life Cycle by Learning 2 Walk
Butterfly Life Cycle Craft Necklace by Fun-A-Day
Ladybug Life Cycle Activities for Kids

Ladybug Life Cycle Song by Capri +3
Ladybug Life Cycle Activities and Sensory Play by Natural Beach Living
Frog Life Cycle Activities for Kids

Life Cycle of a Frog Sensory Bin by Mom Inspired Life
Fine-Motor Frog Life Cycle Craft by Live Over C’s
Frog Life Cycle Hopscotch by Tiny Tots Adventures
Frog Life Cycle Craft by Still Playing School
Mealworms Life Cycle Activities for Kids

Studying Mealworms with Kids by Raising Lifelong Learners

Sea Turtle Life Cycle Activities for Kids

Sea Turtle Life Cycle – Ordering by Rainy Day Mum
Praying Mantis Life Cycle Activities for Kids

Raise a Praying Mantis | Activities for Kids to Explore Life Cycles by The Educators’ Spin On It

 
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