Make Ladybug Math Manipulatives from Egg Cartons

Today, we’re sharing ways to use egg cartons for learnings. We made ladybug math manipulatives from egg cartons that we’ll be using for counting this week with my preschooler.

These super cute ladybugs are perfect for use as math manipulatives! Counting ladybugs is a fun preschool math activity!

Materials needed to make ladybug math manipulatives from egg cartons:

One cardboard egg carton

Red paint

Black pipe cleaners

Goggly eyes

Sticky craft foam sheet

One-hole paper punch

School glue

These super cute ladybugs are perfect for use as math manipulatives! Counting ladybugs is a fun preschool math activity!

To create the ladybug math manipulatives:

Cut apart the individual egg sections of the egg carton and paint them all red.

Use the the one-hole paper punch to punch holes out of the sticky craft foam sheet. Stick the holes onto the red egg carton pieces to create spots on the ladybugs.

Cut the pipe cleaners into fourths to use as the antennae. Poke a hole in the front of the egg carton pieces, fold the small pipe cleaner in half and push the fold into the hole in the egg carton.

These super cute ladybugs are perfect for use as math manipulatives! Counting ladybugs is a fun preschool math activity!

Glue googly eyes to the front of the ladybugs.

That’s it!

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We had a lot of fun creating these! I’m super thankful to my kids who helped because I was way to sick to exert the energy to do it all myself. I sat in my chair and gave them the instructions and this is what they created!

This week we’ll be using them as counters as we practice learning to count to 3 and 5! If you are ready for addition they would be perfect for practicing math facts up to 10!

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