STREAM Activity: Ladybug Counting

How many spots can you count?

Activity best for children ages 4 and up

Practicing number recognition and one-to-one correspondence (counting objects and assigning them numbers in the right order) is so important for young kiddos. Today’s activity is a fun craft to help get some counting practice in at home!

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Red paper

Black paper

White paper

Black washable paint


Guiding Questions:

How high can you count?

Can you count to five with me?

Let’s count things around the house!


Step 1

Start by gathering your materials and cutting out five red circles for the ladybug’s body and five smaller black circles for its head.

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Step 2

Now, glue the black circles so they overlap with the red circles and peak out, creating the head of the ladybug. Then, glue all five ladybugs onto a plain piece of paper.

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Step 3

Using your marker, number each ladybug 1 through 5.

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Step 4

Next, have your kiddo finger-paint spots on the ladybugs! Each ladybug gets the number of spots corresponding to the number written under the ladybug.

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Step 5

Once the paint has dried, enjoy your counting creation! Point to each ladybug and have your little one say the number out loud. Can you create more ladybugs with numbers 6 through 10?

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Grown Ups-Are you looking for more ways to extend your child’s learning? Check out these extension activities to build upon today’s STREAM activity!

Reading Connections

The Crayons’ Book of Numbers by Drew Daywalt

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The Crayons’ Book of Numbers allows for practice with counting and one-to-one correspondence as you read!