Eric Carle Day 3: The Grouchy Ladybug

Eric Carle Day 3: The Grouchy Ladybug

Today we read The Grouchy Ladybug and talked about what kinds of things made us grouchy.  We tried to make a ladybug pretzel snack, played a counting spots game, remembered some story sequencing, and made a clock craft to practice telling time.

The Grouchy Ladybug

Read:  The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Discuss: Telling Time

Song:  Ladybug, Ladybug

Ladybug, lady bug — red and black.

I see circles on your back.

Ladybug, ladybug fly up high…..

fly back safely from – the – sky

Ladybug Pretzels

I dipped half of the pretzel into red candy melts and added mini chocolate chips to it and let them harden.  I dipped the front of the ladybug pretzel into melted chocolate and then added tiny white frosting dots for the eyes.Eric Carle Study (33)

Story Sequencing

I printed pages 37-40 of The Grouchy Ladybug download and cut apart the animals.  They kids put the animals in order as I read the story again.Eric Carle Study (29)Ladybug Number Match

I made a file folder game with pages 6-8  of The Grouchy Ladybug download. The child counts how many dots are on the ladybug and then matches them up with the correct number.Eric Carle Study (28) Eric Carle Study (27)Ladybug Clock


  • 2 paper plates
  • clock on pg 10 of The Grouchy Ladybug download
  • red paint
  • paint brushes
  • markers
  • glue
  • 2 brass fasteners
  • hole puncher
  • scissors


  1. Paint paper plates – 1 front and 1 back side.
  2. Cut out the clock and glue it onto center of the red front plate. Eric Carle Study (30)
  3. Cut out 2 arrows – 1 small and 1 large for clock hands – and attach to middle of clock on paper plate with brass fastener.Eric Carle Study (31)
  4. Take the plate with painted outside and fold in half and cut. Punch hole near top – make sure plates are slightly on top of each other. This will be the wings and will open and close to show the clock on the inner plate.Eric Carle Study (32)
  5. Attach a head cut from black construction paper to the head of ladybug so that clock is easily seen when wings are opened.  Add eyes to the ladybugs head.Eric Carle Study (34)
  6. Add black dots to the top wings with black markers.Eric Carle Study (1)

Eric Carle Unit Study

Day 1:  The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Day 2:  Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do You See?

Day 3:  The Grouchy Ladybug

Day 4:  The Mixed-up Chameleon

Day 5: The Very Busy Spider

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