a construction paper ladybug and circles cut out to be spots

Count Ladybug Spots

Explore counting and animal knowledge with your child by creating ladybug art.


  • Construction paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Crayons or markers
  • Small notebook
  • Scissors (adult only)


  1. Draw a ladybug with your child on one sheet of paper and draw 10 spots on a separate sheet of paper.
  2. Use scissors to cut out the spots for your child.
  3. Ask your child to place a specific number of spots on the ladybug and to count aloud as they place them. For example, say, “Let’s make a ladybug with 4 spots!”
  4. Then encourage your child to add spots. You might say, “Now, let’s make a ladybug with 6 spots — how many spots should we add on so that there are six spots all together?”
  5. Finally, encourage your child to subtract spots. You can say, “Now, let’s make a ladybug with 3 spots! How many spots should we take away so that there are 3 spots left?”

This craft comes to you from the creators of Sesame Street.

Iowa PBS STEAM Activities and Crafts provided by PBS KIDS Parents.