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Ladybird Crafts

 based on Ella by Alex T. Smith

Ella by Alex T Smith

Over the last couple of weeks we have been working on a book exchange. I sent a package of books and received one back from Anne-Marie who blogs at Child Led Chaos. The book we received is Ella by Alex T Smith. It is really lovely and one we haven’t read. The story is a new take on the Cinderella story with Ella a very pretty young ladybird whose wasp sisters make her do all the housework and don’t want to let her travel to Paris to meet Pierre a rather dashing spider who is an artist.

ladybird crafts for kids

The girls were all very excited to receive their box of goodies to go with the story. We could instantly tell it was ladybird themed because of all the red and black. They couldn’t wait to get stuck in. We were given a set of instructions which was great for getting started on the crafts. I will link to it when it is up on Child Led Chaos.

ladybird crafts for kids

The first activity was to make a set of ladybird antennae. I loved this idea – it was so quick and easy but looked brilliant. We used a black or red hair band, black pipe cleaners and large red buttons. Charlotte (aged 3) could put the button on the end of the pipe cleaner, but needed a bit of help securing it. Molly (aged 6) was able to do it all on her own. The best thing is this looked exactly like Ell’s antennae in the book.
lady bug crafts for kids

The girls wore their hairbands for the rest of the day and it really brought the story to life.

ladybird crafts for kids

The next craft was a paper plate ladybird.

ladybird crafts for kids

This would be a lovely activity for a class to make. The girls used strips of paper to decorate their ladybird and then added googly eyes, buttons for spots and black pipe cleaners.

ladybug crafts for kids

Charlotte chose to make Pierre the spider. Molly was really surprised to learn that spiders have eight eyes.

ladybird crafts for kids


The activity Molly enjoyed the most was the weaving. Using a frame made from lolly sticks and embroidery thread she wove red and black ribbons to make a pattern.

ladybird crafts for kids

Ella wears some lovely glasses in the book. Using a template sent in our pack the girls decorated some glasses and stuck them onto a lolly stick.



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  1. Wow, that’s brilliant! I really love what you all did with the crafts, and your girls look great! I’m afraid we didn’t have time to do everything but will update when we do as the glittery sheets were a huge hit. Thank-you :-)
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  2. Marvelous! My 5 year old loves ladybirds.Putting on my list for the school holidays.

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  3. You know I haven’t done any weaving since I was a child, you have reminded me of a fun weaving idea from girl guides I will have to get my kids trying out. Love the idea of craft activities lead by a story in a book. Thank you for joining me on Country Kids and making a very special 100th link up.
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