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Level: Primary, Junior
Grades: K - Gr. 5 | Age: 5-11 yrs | Written by: Amanda Formaro
[Amanda is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children.]

Kids love to create things, and so do grown ups! This darling little ladybug makes a great shelf adornment or a welcome visitor on your desk.

What You Need:

IMPORTANT NOTE: This recipe for salt dough makes a lot of ornaments. If you only plan on making a few, cut this recipe into fourths or in half.

What You Do:

Preheat oven to 250 F. Mix together, salt, flour, and water until a dough is formed. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. BE CAREFUL. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.


Roll out the dough. To make the ladybug, you can either use an egg shaped cookie cutter, or do like we did and simply roll a small handful of dough in your hands to form an oval. Our heart is approximately 2 inches long, but the size is completely up to you!

Once your oval is created, use a pencil to draw a line (about 1/4" deep) down the center of the bug, about 2/3 the way up the oval. At that point, branch of to create a "V" shape for the head (see photo). Poke pencil into various spots on the ladybug's back to create its spots.

Place the ladybug onto the cookie sheet and bake for approximately 2 - 2.5 hours. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. For best results, allow ladybug to cool and dry overnight, or for at least 4 hours.

To decorate, paint the ladybug's body red, the head black, and use a fine tip paintbrush or a toothpick to fill in the outline and dots with black paint. Let dry. Use toothpick or fine tip paintbrush to dot on whites of the eyes, let dry. Use toothpick to dot on the black part of the eyes. Finish with a coat of clear acrylic sealer.

Recommended Books/Products:

Ladybugs Thematic Unit
by Dona Herweck Rice
Ladybugs provides lesson plans and cross-curricular activities based on the following pieces of literature: The Grouchy Ladybug and The Ladybug and Other Insects: A first Discovery Book. This reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities. Also included are management ideas, creative suggestions for the classroom, and a bibliography

The Grouchy Ladybug
by Eric Carle

Ten Little Ladybugs
by Melanie Gerth, Laura Huliska-Beith

Rainy Day Activity : How to Make Playdough, Bubbles, Monster Repellent and More!
by Jennifer Rader
Rader has created a children's activity cookbook that's perfect for children of all ages. Children can learn how to make play dough, jewelry, puzzles, games, face paint, and much, much more.

Family Fun Crafts : 500 Creative Activities for You and Your Kids
by: The Editors of FamilyFun Magazine

Creating by Recycling (Crafts for All Seasons)
by Laia Sadurni, Anna Llimos
Create art with objects from around the house.

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