First enjoy a fun craft together. Take little pebbles and paint them to make your little ladybird ‘counters’.
Then use them to play your little ladybird counting game. The pretty colours will help your child to engage with numbers and learning to count in a visual way.
Time: 15 minutes
Age: Little kids
Difficulty: Easy peasy
Skill: Numbers and Counting to 10
You will need:
- Small pebbles
- Red and black paint – we recommend acrylic paints
- Paint brush
- Green card (or green foam or felt)
- Black Sharpie
Step 1: Paint your pebbles red
Paint ten small pebbles red. Acrylic paint covers the stones well whereas kids paints don’t tend to set well on stones.
You will probably need 2 coats to get a nice, even finish.
Step 2: Paint the heads and wings
When the red paint is dry, use black paint to paint the ladybird’s heads.
Paint a black line down the centre of their body for the wings.
Step 3: Add some spots
Paint some black spots on each ladybird.
Paint just 1 spot on the first ladybird, 2 on the next, 3 on the following one and so on until you reach 10.
You can make your black spots by printing them using the tip of a cotton bud to get a nice round dot, or you can make them using a paintbrush.
Step 4: Add some eyes
Finally paint on some little white dots for the ladybird’s eyes. This brings your little ladybird pebbles to life.
You now have colourful ladybird counters from 1 to 10.
Step 5: Make your game board
On a piece of green card, draw ten leaf shapes. In the middle of each leaf, write a number – from 1-10.
You can also use a sheet of green foam or green felt if you want.
Step 6: Ready to play
Your ladybird counting game is all ready to play.
Ask your child to pick up a ladybird and count the number of spots on its back.
Then they must place it on the leaf with the matching number. When all the ladybirds are on the board count out loud with your child from 1-10, both forwards and backwards.
Have great fun playing with your little ladybird counting game