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Ladybug Spots

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Ladybug Spots

In this art/science/math activity, young learners are introduced to the concept of symmetry in nature. Learners paint spots on one wing of a ladybug line drawing provided in the PDF, then fold their still-wet pictures in half to create matching spots on the ladybug's opposite wing. This activity can be combined with lessons on ladybugs and other insects, patterns in nature, or early math.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • small paintbrush or cotton swab
  • paint (any color)
  • several printed copies of the activity sheets


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Patterns
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Number and Operations
      • Multiples and Factors

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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