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Ladybug and Bee Plate Crafts

It’s spring and we’re seeing life buzzing about again! This month we’re learning all about bugs so these Ladybug and Bee Plate Crafts will fit right in. There are two simple crafts you can make with similar supplies.

This one is the bee-

and here’s the ladybug version.

Ladybug and Bee Plate Crafts

The directions show using a glue gun but if younger children are gluing on the poms and googly eyes, have them use a craft glue like Tacky Glue. It holds a bit better than regular school glue.


  • Paper Plates, Red, Yellow, and Black
  • Black Pipe Cleaners
  • Black Poms
  • Googly Eyes
  • Hot Glue Gun/craft glue
  • Metal paper fasteners


Cut the edge off 2 black paper plates so you are left with 2 flat circles.

cut edges off paper plates

Hot glue each circle on the back of a black paper plate, about 1/3 of the way down. This will be the bugs head.

Ladybug and Bee Plate Crafts

Glue 2 googly eyes on each bugs head, and poke a small hole into the edge of each paper plate right below the head.

Ladybug and Bee Plate Crafts

Cut a yellow and a red paper plate in half, and poke a small hole into the top edge of the cut side on each half.

Overlap the yellow paper plate halves about ½ inch until the holes you made line up. Attach these with a paper fastener to the hole on the black plate.

Repeat step 5 using the red plates.

Glue black poms all over the red plates to look like spots on a ladybug. Glue black poms in lines on the yellow plates to look like stripes on a bee.Ladybug and Bee Plate Crafts

Ladybug and Bee Plate Crafts

Make little antennae for each bug using the pipe cleaners and attach by poking a hole into the top of the bugs head. For the bee, I twisted them and attached a black pom to the top with glue. For the ladybug, I just left them straight and turned the top into a little loop.

The wings will open and close.

Ladybug and Bee Plate Crafts

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