Arts & Crafts

Ladybug Thumb Prints

Ladybug Thumb Prints
Photo by: masamom

arjun Submitted by: arjun

Helps kids develop fine motor skills and identify colors.

30 minutes
18 - 60 months
Group size
0 - 8 tots


  • 1 Red Ink Pad (Washable)
  • 1 Piece Cardstock (Any color)
  • 1 Black Marker (Washable)


  1. Begin by asking the child to tell you what a ladybug looks like. The child should identify a ladybug as red with black spots.
  2. Firmly press child's thumb onto red ink pad. Make sure to roll thumb to fully coat thumb.
  3. Guide the child to press thumb onto cardstock making a red thumb print.
  4. Guide them to continue making red thumb prints all over cardstock.
  5. Set aside and allow to dry for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Once dry, encourage child to use black marker to add spots, legs and eyes to each ladybug thumb print.
Draw spots, legs and eyes on for younger kids.
Count the number of ladybugs and label the picture (i.e. 5 Ladybugs)
Associated Activity
Draw a peacock or turkey body and have kids use fingerprints to create feathers.

Developmental skills