Help your children learn how ladybugs grow and change with this free printable life cycle of a ladybug worksheet. It’s perfect for your life cycle activities for kids.
These simple no-prep printables are perfect for busy homeschool moms. Spring and summer are the perfect time of year to learn all about ladybugs.
Preschoolers, kindergarteners, and early elementary students can use these worksheets to review the sequence of the life cycle of a ladybug.
Teaching the life cycles of living things is an important part of any preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary science curriculum.
Life cycles are a great way to help students learn about the world around them. By understanding how living things grow and change, they can better understand the process of life.
Life Cycle of a Ladybug
The life cycle of a ladybug begins when the female lays her eggs on a leaf or stem. The eggs hatch after about three days, and the larvae begin to feed on aphids and other small insects.
After about two weeks, the larvae pupate and emerge as adults. The adults mate and lay eggs, starting the cycle anew.
Ladybugs can live for up to two years, and they typically produce two or three generations per year.
Preparing the Worksheet
This one-page printable requires no advanced preparation. Just print and go! If your kids don’t enjoy coloring, you can print this activity on colored printer paper or print the color version.
You can also make this a reusable activity by printing it on cardstock and laminating it for durability. Cut out the sequencing cards at the bottom of the page.
Add a velcro dot to the backside of each sequencing card and in each empty box on the worksheet. Then, the kids can sequence the life cycle of a ladybug over and over again.
What Skills Are Covered?
I love when one simple activity covers so many skills! That makes teaching so much easier. This worksheet does just that! But, what skills does it cover?
• Science: Children will learn how butterflies grow from egg to adult. They’ll learn new vocabulary words associated with how ladybugs grow – egg, larva, pupa, etc.
• Logic: Sequencing events is a great logic-building activity. Kids learn to put things in the order that they happen. This skill helps children make sense of the world around them.
• Motor Skills: Cutting paper with scissors helps children strengthen the small muscles in their fingers, hands, and wrists.
• Hand-Eye Coordination: Gluing the sequencing cards in order (or lining them up with the velcro dots) helps strengthen hand-eye coordination. Kids will have to align the sequencing cards on the mat straight so that they all fit properly.
Picture Books About Ladybugs
I love reading to my little ones. I try to incorporate books into our day as often as possible. While teaching your kids about ladybugs, share some of your favorite books to learn more about them.
Not only will your kids enjoy listening to you read, but you’ll have an opportunity to model important early literacy skills to them. Check out this list of a few of our favorites:
- Are You a Ladybug? by Deborah J. Short
- Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons
- The Life Cycle of a Ladybug by Colleen Sexton
Ladybug Activities for Kids
If your children enjoy the worksheets featured in this post, you may enjoy the following activities which will help you round out your ladybug unit study.
- The Grouchy Ladybug Sequencing
- Ladybug Paper Plate Craft
- Ladybug Math
- Ladybug Life Cycle Craft
- Ladybug Playdough Mat
- Clay Pot Ladybug Art Project
These wooden pastel ladybugs are perfect for sensory bins, math counters, and more!
The free printable template makes this adorable 3D ladybug craft a breeze for kids of all ages to create.
This adorable felt ladybug with button on parts is perfect for strengthening motor skills!