Ladybug Playdough Mats

These ladybug playdough mats will help preschoolers visualize the stages of the life cycle of a ladybug. They are both educational and fun!

Let’s face it. Kids love playdough! So, give them an opportunity for some hands-on learning when you teach about ladybugs. This is a great way to sneak in a chance to develop fine motor muscles, as well!

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Ladybug Playdough Mats

Playdough mats are great tools to have on hand when teaching young children. Learning with playdough make learning fun.

Adding a sensory experience to learning helps kids make connections with the information being taught. My kids always processed information better when their hands were engaged in another task.

Getting Started

All you need to do to get started is download and print the playdough mats. You’ll find a download button at the bottom of this post.

I suggest printing on cardstock and laminating the mats for durability. If you don’t have a laminator, you can slip them in a page protector or a dry erase pocket. A gallon-sized ziploc bag will work in a pinch, as well.

Gather some playdough and playdough tools (optional), and you’re all set!

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Using the Playdough Mats

Once your playdough mats are laminated, they’re ready for use. Kids can build the life cycle of a ladybug on them over and over again.

The laminate keeps the playdough from sticking to the paper, and it allows you to wipe the mats clean after use.

After you’ve taught the life cycle of a ladybug (be sure to check out my full life cycle pack), your kids can build each of the stages with playdough.

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This pack includes three versions of the playdough mats. One page is completely black and white. Kids can color the background and then build the life cycle.

The second page is color, but the life cycle images are black and white. This allows for some creativity when building the stages.

The third page is all color providing a guide for kids to use as they build. However, they can still use their imagination when choosing colors for the life cycle images.


Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about ladybugs. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.

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Ladybugs – Follow a ladybug through the four stages of its development from egg to adult, and learn about its behavior and habitat—plus, how little ladybugs help protect crops by eating harmful insects. 

Are You a Ladybug? – Introduces the life cycle of a ladybug, showing how it changes from an egg to an adult ladybug.

The Grouchy Ladybug – As children follow the Grouchy Ladybug on her journey, they will learn the important concepts of time, size, and shape, as well as the benefits of friendship and good manners.

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Teaching Resources

Do your kids like to craft? Need a project for a rainy day? This ladybug button craft is like a 3D puzzle the kids make themselves, and then display as art!

Add a ladybug kids felt mask to your pretend play area to inspire hours of imaginative play.

This clay pot ladybug art project is the perfect spring craft for preschoolers.

Download Your Printables

This set of ladybug life cycle playdough mats is only available to my readers. Click the button below, enter your information, and download your printables.

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