Ladybug Addition July 31 2009

Students will create ladybugs while learning addition.

Each ladybug represents an addition problem.

Each wing has dots on it.

Adding the total dots on each wing solves the addition problem.

Students write the addition problem underneath the ladybug.

(e.g. 3 + 2 = 5)


  • Free Ladybug Addition template
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper (red, black and green)
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Black crayons or markers
  • Black wikki stix (for legs)


Teacher, teacher’s aid or parent volunteer

1. Print the free template of head, body and wings.

2. Trace the pieces onto construction paper.

(Red for the wings.  Black for the head & body.)


1. Cut out pieces.

2. Glue the body, head & wings onto the green construction paper.

3. Draw circles onto each wing.  Create an addition problem.
(e.g. 2 + 3 = 5)

Teacher may write several addition problems on the whiteboard as and example.

4. Write the addition problem in pencil under the ladybug.

Teacher approves addition problem.


1. Trace addition problem in black pen or crayon.

2. Glue on googly eyes and press on legs.

These addition ladybugs look great on a classroom bulletin board.

The students can also learn from each other, as they solve each ladybug addition problem.

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