Overview: This art project is a follow-up to the story The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. This is such a fun craft that not only incorporates the creation of a ladybug but incorporates a writing component that encourages a self-to-text connection.

Recommended Grade Level: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First, Second


  • Grouchy Ladybug Printable (print on heavy paper)
  • Crayons, markers, or paint in red and black (+brushes and smocks)
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes (2 per child)
  • New pencils with erasers
  • Hole punch
  • a brad (1 per child)

How to Implement:

  1. Color or paint ladybug figure black and wings red. Let dry.
  2. Cut out ladybug figure and wings (cut around circle and down the dotted line).
  3. Add black dots to the red portion: using the eraser on the end of a new pencil, simply dip the eraser into the paint and then onto the wing portion. This can also be done by simply using a black marker to color dots or with stickers.
  4. Fill out the “I'm grouchy when...” writing prompt. Cut out and paste to ladybug figure.
  5. Use a hole punch to create a hole where the black dots are on the wings and the body. Attach wing ends to the body with the brad.