We know play dough is fabulous for fine motor skills and children love playing with it, but did you know play dough can also be a valuable tool for science lessons? Free Printable Life Cycle Of A Ladybug Play Dough Mats For Kids are a wonderful printable activity that gives you an easy, hands on way to teach life cycles. Your kids will love recreating the stages of a ladybug life cycle using their play dough.

Free Ladybug Life Cycle Play Dough Mats

Recommended Grade Level:

Ladybug Life Cycle Play Dough Mat Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Scissors
  • Dry Erase Marker
  • Playdough

This activity for practicing the life cycle of a ladybug for Kindergarten and Preschool has a place to create the life cycle with play dough, a spot to practice tracing the vocabulary word, and an “I can” sentence at the top of each page.

Stages included:

  • ladybug lays eggs
  • eggs on leaf
  • ladybug larvae (larval stage)
  • pupa
  • ladybug
  • ladybug with wings (adult ladybug)
Overhead view of the ladybug life cycle play dough mats printables with ladybug life cycle toys.

How To Use This Life Cycle Activity:

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Once you download the activity, print it onto white card stock and laminate it.

If you don’t have a laminator, you can cover the page in clear contact paper or slip the pages into clear plastic sleeves.

Each card has a place to practice writing the vocabulary words eggs, larva, pupa, leaf, ladybug, and wings.

Your child can use their finger to trace the word, or use a dry erase marker to trace along the dotted line and write the word.

Help your child read the sentence at the top of each play dough mat. This would be a great time for them to point out any words or letters they recognize!

Using play dough, have your child create the different ladybug stages on their mats.

Talk about the different stages as they are forming their play dough.

Write down any questions your child has about the stages of the ladybug metamorphosis as they are working with the play dough and research them later with your child.

Other Resources For Learning About The Life Cycle Of A Ladybug:

Children learn best when they are given the opportunity to learn and practice content in multiple ways.

This life cycle of a ladybug activity is a wonderful, hands on way for children to practice the stages of the life cycle.

Here are some other resources for building a lesson about the life cycle of a ladybug for preschoolers! (or kindergartners!)

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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