- 8 1/2 " x 11" tagboard or medium cardstock
- scissors or paper cutter
- construction paper
- pocket chart
What to do
1. Cut out ten cards from tagboard or cardstock. Make a set of ladybug cards by cutting out ladybug shapes from construction paper and gluing one to each card. On each ladybug, draw dots from one to ten, one number per ladybug. You will draw one dot on the first, two dots on the second, three dots on the third, and so on to ten.
2. Turn a piece of 8 1/2 " x 11" tagboard sideways and write "Lucky Ladybugs" at the top. Write the directions: "Place the numerals next to the correct ladybugs."
3. If desired, embellish with a colorful ladybug picture.
4. Print the numerals 1 to 10 on another sheet of tagboard.
5. Use a paper cutter or scissors to cut around the numerals and ladybug cards so that they are all the same size and fit nicely into the rows on the pocket chart.
6. Laminate the directions card, numerals, and ladybug cards for durability and cut out.
7. Hang the pocket chart at child's eye level. Insert the header card in the top pocket of the pocket chart. Place the numerals in the pocket chart, leaving room for the ladybugs cards.
8. Distribute the ladybug cards among the children.
9. Invite each child to count the dots on her ladybug and place her card next to the appropriate numeral on the pocket chart.
10. For added fun, make a file jacket with an answer key on the back. Use this to store the activity and for children to self-check when working individually in the center.
-Diane Shatto, Kansas City, MO