Inside: Use this Lucky to be your friend Ladybug Craft and Writing for social emotional learning.
Ladybugs have always had a special place in our family since my eldest daughter’s nursery was decorated in them and we called her Addy Bug.
Maybe because ladybugs are lucky.
So whenever one lands on us, we make sure to make a wish.
Because being around ladybugs feel lucky and help us remember how much we have in our lives that we can be grateful for.
When we focus on what we’re grateful for with this I’m Lucky Poem and these Grateful Notecards and this Fork Gratitude Game we will have more positive moments in our days. More reasons to find internal happiness. More reasons to feel love and peace and mindfulness.
Research has shown time and time again, grateful people are happier people.
Related: How to Help Kids Be More Grateful
So we can also focus on being grateful and being lucky for the friends in our life with this ladybug craft: I’m Lucky to be Your Friend
Kindness Crafts to Make Kindness Fun
We love making kindness crafts to help teach social emotional learning and make it more hands on and fun.
Related: 8 Reasons to Teach Social Emotional Learning
We make these Compliment Suns in the summer to encourage kids to give compliments to one another.
We make these Friendship Flowers in the spring for the same reason.
We go “old school” and make these Shrinky Dink kindness keychains.
We encourage siblings to make these sibling kindness bracelets.
We make these Kind Heart, Happy Hearts Crafts to encourage/celebrate when we see kind acts.
And we make these Lucky to be Your Friend Ladybug Craft.
How to Use This Lucky to be Your Friend Ladybug Craft
1.Download and print the version you wish: tracing template or printable template on cardstock (download below).
2. If you use the tracing template, print one copy on cardstock and cut out each piece to create templates. Trace each piece on construction paper (the body and head on black, the wings on red.
3. If you use the printable templates, print one color copy for each child on cardstock.
4. Children will cut out the shapes.
5. Using the point of a pair of adult scissors, create a small hole in the body of the ladybug and both wings where the dots are.
6. Put a brad through the holes and secure in the back so the wings can open.
7. If you printed wings with no black circles, kids can either draw in black circles or cut and glue black paper circles.
8. Open the wings and on the belly of the ladybug in white crayon or white colored pencil, write “I am lucky to be your friend!” Or glue on the printed version.
9. Brainstorm why they are lucky to have the friends in their lives.
If kids are struggling with friendships, you can use this Good True Friend Checklist.
Or to help, we can read these books:
The Green Ladybug: A Book About Kindness
To connect this craft to creative writing, kids can write/draw and dictate why they are lucky to be friends with this person.
Other Creative Writing Ideas:
I am Lucky You’re My: teacher, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandparent, coach, neighbor, etc.
Download the Ladybug Craft templates and writing sheets here.
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