Ladybugs amaze kids and are intriguing to observe. This spring, use ladybugs as the inspiration to invite your own kids to create and play with Wikki Stix. The ladybug mixed media art projects are fun to make while encouraging kids to design an art project unique to their own desires and abilities. Kids of all ages can create together to make delightful ladybug mixed media artworks with Wikki Stix.
- White paper
- Paintbrushes or Paper Towels
- Green or Blue Paint (finger paint, washable paint, or tempera paint all make beautiful backgrounds).
- Assorted colors of Wikki Stix including shades of green and blue for the sky or grasses.
Prepare an invitation to create by placing all supplies out on a table or on a large tray. Invitations to play and create are an excellent way to draw children to the art activity based on curiosity and without much adult prodding. Add some books about ladybugs (from the list below) for further exploration after the ladybug mixed media art activity is completed.
- Invite kids to brush paint or use paper towels to paint white paper. Let the paint dry thoroughly.
- Using colors of blue or green Wikki Stix, kids can create reeds, grasses, the sky, or any other item they desire for their ladybug artwork. Wikki Stix is tacky and will adhere directly to the painted paper without the need for tape or glue. Kids can use fingertip pressure to place the Wikki Stix anywhere desired on the painted paper.
- When kids are finished creating their art scene on the paper with Wikki Stix, they can create any colors of ladybugs desired to “land” on the grasses and weeds in the artwork. Ladybug art can be imaginative with the use of purples, pinks, blues, or the more traditional red/orange colors of Wikki Stix to design with.
- Kids can create a simple fine motor ladybug from a Wikki Stix spiral. Starting at one end, wrap the Wikki Stix tightly around itself and into a pinwheel shape. Kids can cut additional Wikki Stix for the ladybug’s antennae or spots.
The created ladybug mixed media artworks make wonderful springtime displays at home. For more ladybug explorations and fun readings to accompany the art activity, try some of the books below.
Ladybug Books to Accompany the Ladybug Mixed Media Art Activity