We spotted our first ladybug of the season, yesterday. Forget about spring - here comes summer!
The girls weren't too sure about it at first, but gradually warmed to the idea of it being a good bug.
In the evening, to celebrate our sighting, we made a batch of ladybug cookies, a repeat idea from last summer (with inspiration from Gretchen's Cookbook). Again, it's just sugar cookie dough, divided, with 3/4 of the dough colored red (ours is more of a bright pink, because red takes a lot of food coloring to achieve), and 1 tablespoon of baker's cocoa added to the rest.
The girls helped make large (2 in) balls of red for the bodies, and smaller balls of chocolate dough , for the heads, watching each other closely to keep the sizes right.
We pressed them together, on a greased cookie sheet, and I made a slit in the backs, for wings.
Then, the girls added a few chocolate chips spots.
While they were baking (12 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit), we read Eric Carle's The Grouchy Ladybug. It has some fun elements of time telling, and size comparison, and explains, very nicely, how helpful ladybugs can be, for ridding leaves of aphids. The girls, and their older siblings, were quite intrigued. Now they want to know more about aphids...
For additional story stretching, arts and crafts, check out this week's stART (story+ART) link up, at A Mommy's Adventures.
It's great to be a homeschooler.