We host a Mom & Me book club for Mommies and kiddos ages 3-6. Younger siblings generally tag along, but do not participate in the craft activities and such. For this week at Mom & Me Book Club we decided on the book, "The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle. We started hosting these book clubs after learning about this Mommy & Me Book Club website and we follow the general pattern of circle-time/crafts/activities, but this was the first time we picked our own book that was has not yet been done on the website.
Because the Grouchy Ladybug book goes through different times of the day, we decided to have the kids make their own paper plate clocks. We pre-cut out the numbers and different pieces for them to easily be able to glue on and and put together their own clocks. The kids used the clocks during the reading of the story and were able to move the hands to the times as were discussed in the book.
During circle time we all sang the song, "here we are together at Mommy & Me" and we sang through every child's name in attendance. Then we sang the "ABC's." Next we counted from 1-12 and back again from 12-1 (keeping in the theme with the clocks.) Then we read the book, "The Grouchy Ladybug." During the story we had the kids move the clocks to tell the time we were talking about in the book. After we read through the book we did a sequencing activity where the kids all worked together to match clock times with the animals that the ladybug met. We got the photos for the sequencing activity on this website. Then we sang the song, "Ladybug" by Frank Leto. We ended circle time by singing, "shake my sillies out" with the last line being, "tip toe my sillies out" as we tip toed over to the table for a craft.
For the craft we made construction paper ladybugs. We pre-cut the paper for the kids. For the body we had black circles and used slightly smaller red circles, cut in half for the wings. We used googly eyes and cut two small black strips of paper for the antennas. To make them curl you can wrap them around your finger or a pencil. The kids then got to use a black stamp pad with their fingers to put the dots on the ladybugs.
The first activity we did was "bug/animal freeze dancing." Every kid picked a bug or animal they wanted to pretend to be and we turned on ladybug themed music and let the kids crawl around or dance. Then paused the music for them to freeze and repeated. We only had time for one song for this activity and used, "Ladybug Picnic," but others that would have worked well include: ladybug ladybug, ugly bug ball, shoo fly, jitterbug, and rock around the clock.
For another activity we had a "Ladybug fight." We lined up the kids in two rows facing each other, (it ended up being more of a circle, but that works too) and we handed out little catapults that we had made previously. We found out how to make them at this website. Each kid got a catapult and a small pile of little craft pom poms or "Ladybugs" to fight each other with. The kids had a blast flinging them at each other.
Show & Tell:
Each child also brings an item related to the book (if they can) for show and tell. They stand up in front of everyone, say their name, show what they brought and tell the group why is is related to the book or why it is special to them.
For snack we had several ladybug themed foods along with foods that were black and red, and all the mom's attending brought something to share as well. We made this adorable grouchy ladybug watermelon with blackberries for the spots.
Ladybug cupcakes with mini oreo heads, mini chocolate chip spots, and twizzlers antenna.