With two toddlers we’re always busy! I mean… THEY’RE busy and I have to try to keep up 😉 The best days are the ones filled with activities we can do together, where I can watch my little ones learn about the world. I’m always looking for new things to do with them!
Educational Fun: learning about insects and making ladybug rocks!
We have landscaping full of rocks so we’re always using them for our crafting! Like our “You Rock!” painted paperweights for Father’s Day 😉 Animal Jam is a go-to website for me when I’m looking for new ideas and this Ladybug Rock craft was perfect for a summer day with the kids!
First, we went outside and tried to find ladybugs or other insects. We talked about their names, what they looked like, how many legs they had, if they had wings, and where they lived. Then each child picked out their perfect rock for painting!
I showed them the printout from Animal Jam and we talked about what a ladybug looks like, but then I just let them go at it. Ryan is 4 and Rebecca is 2 so they each picked out a couple of colors and had fun! I painted one, too, of course! My rock looked like a heart so Ryan called it a lovebug instead of a ladybug
Animal Jam is an “online playground” for kids and we first discovered it because Ryan liked to play their games! He created his own character (Pioneer Zanypirate the Monkey, haha) and had fun exploring the virtual playground. Animal Jam partnered with National Geographic to infuse fun with the life sciences. You can collect facts in your Journey Book, learn about animal conservation, and ask real scientists your burning questions!
Then I discovered an entire educational resource at the Animal Jam Academy… for free! It is FULL of free downloads and printables from crafts and activities to mazes, connect-the-dots, and coloring pages.
I discovered our Ladybug Rocks activity there and this coloring page that I printed for Rebecca in case she wasn’t into the painting (but of course she was)! There is SO MUCH to find and do on there, I will be bringing you fun activity ideas each month from Animal Jam!
Can’t wait for my ideas?! Check out Animal Jam for their online game playground, the Animal Jam Academy for more fun, and the Animal Jam Pinterest page for lots of ideas! And watch here for another fun and educational idea next month!
Written in partnership with Animal Jam! Any opinions are my own.
What insects would your kids want to paint on their Bug Rocks?!