Summer Reading Fun: The Grouchy Ladybug

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by Eileen Farley, A.C. Moore Craftologist

Summer Reading Fun: The Grouchy Ladybug

Perhaps a multi-media arts and crafts activity would have put The Grouchy Ladybug in a better mood. If you'’re “big enough” to cut a circle and wield a foam brush, your cute critter will fly off the pages of the book and into your imagination!

A child who reads opens a world of learning experiences. Don't close the book on this opportunity simply because school's out for summer. Encourage your kids to keep reading. Then, help them make crafts based on those books. Oh, the places your kids will go!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner (5 + up)
  • Time:1 hour + drying time

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Prepare Paper: Wet the bottom of a sheet of watercolor paper using the foam brush. Wet the bottom too, but scatter the drops in a wave formation. Drop the Green watercolor onto the wet area using the eye dropper. Using the foam brush, paint the top area with Blue watercolor paint. Let the paper dry.
  • 2
    Create Ladybug: Draw a circle that is about 6 inch in diameter onto Cherry Tomato cardstock and cut the circle out. Cut an oval that is about 3-1/2 inch long. Cut seven circles that are about 1-1/4 inch each. Cut one 8 inch piece of chenille stem and fold it in half. Glue the folded end behind one edge of the oval for antennae. Curl the antennae. Draw a line down the center of the cardstock with the marker. Cut six pieces of chenille stem that are 4 inch each. Glue the ladybug’'s head to one end of its body where the line ends, the spots to the body and three of the 4 inch pieces of chenille stem to each side of the body in the back for legs. Glue the wiggle eyes to the head. Draw a mouth with the White chalk marker. Attach the finished ladybug to your painted watercolor paper using the adhesive foam discs.
  • 3
    Share: Show off those finished projects! Snap a pic, then send it to us #ACMooreInspired

Project Details

  • Level:beginner (5 + up)
  • Time:1 hour + drying time

Project Supplies

  • •Reeves 9" x 12" Watercolor Paper Pad
  • •Sargent Washable Watercolor Magic in Blue & Green
  • •Nicole™ Crafts 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock in Midnight & Cherry Tomato, Chenille Stems in Black & 20 mm Wiggle Eyes
  • •Sharpie Permanent Fine Point Marker in Black
  • •Marvy Uchida Fine Tip Bistro Chalk Marker in White
  • •EKSuccess 3-D Dots Adhesive Foam Discs
  • •Elmer's Multi Purpose Glue
  • •Eye Dropper, 6" & 1-1/4" Circle Templates, 1" Foam Brush, Ruler & Scissors