Ladybugs are those cute brightly colored insects that star in many childhood stories and songs. Ladybugs are associated with love and luck, and can be incorporated into many holiday crafts as well as everyday play. Consider teaching children songs or stories about ladybugs while putting together an easy construction paper bug.
Place a bowl upside down on a piece of black construction paper. Trace a circle around the bowl with a pencil. Repeat with the red paper and cut out the circles. Young children should use safety scissors.
Trace a smaller circle using a small bowl on the black construction paper and cut it out. Cut the red circle down the middle to create two even halves. Glue the small black circle to the edge of the large black circle, letting it hang out more than halfway. This will act as the ladybug's head.
Using the scissors or a hole punch, cut small circles out of the red circle halves. Let children choose to create different or same sized holes. Glue the red halves onto the large black circle to act as the wings. Leave a slight opening at the base of the wings.
Cut out eight thin rectangles to act as the bug's legs and antenna. Glue each piece to the underside of the ladybug.
Instead of circles, cut hearts out on the wings for a sweet valentine craft.