If you notice, the title for this post is similar to the Eric Carle book, "The Grouch Ladybug." I must admit, that I have seen this book forever, but never read it. So, when I stopped into camp today I picked it up to read it. It's an Eric Carle book--what more can I say. A very cute story about a ladybug who tries to be a big shot--reminded me of a bully type story. He goes around asking all the bugs and animals if they want to fight. When they tell him, "If you insist." He always tells them they are too big and goes looking for someone bigger. It's really neat how the text gets larger as the creatures get larger. It's also done using times, and all the pictures have the sun moving to a different area according to the time of day. Finally, he ends up back where he started accepting friendship and being happy.
The craft I have is a ladybug made from an apple. You will need:
peanut butter or cream cheese
Cut the apple in half from top to bottom. You could get two ladybugs from one apple. I used peanut butter to attach my raisins to the ladybug. I dipped my raisins in the peanut butter--easier than spreading, then stuck them on the back of the apple. (Remember I was out of raisins).
After the ladybugs spots are on, take a marshmallow to use for the head. Push a toothpick into the marshmallow and straight on through to the apple. Now for the antennae, here is where the licorice comes in ( I didn't have licorice). I think black licorice would be best. Take two pieces and push them into the marshmallow. Finally, add two raisins for eyes. I went back and forth with this, Should the eyes be on the top or the front? You will see I settled for the front, but I'm not sure if they look right. Maybe you don't add eyes at all? I'm sure it's up to you.
The last step is to gobble that yummy ladybug up. Enjoy.
They had another tasty snack, but I didn't have any of the ingredients except the peanut butter, but I thought I would pass it along. It was called "Ants of a Stump." You need: a rice cake, raisins, and peanut butter. I'm sure cream cheese would work here too in case of peanut allergies. The idea was to stick the raisins to the rice cake using the peanut butter. All these wonderful ideas are courtesy of the "The Preschool Almanac," by Scholastic.
Anne at Teaching Two has a great edible ladybug too. There's a bit of a difference which I think I like better. Thanks Anne.