*Please note: The activities below are extensions to the book “Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow” by David Soman and Jacky Davis. To see more activities, please visit: Wikki Stix Activities to Accompany Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow here on the Wikki Stix Blog!
Wikki Stix Footprint Penguin Craft
Materials needed: Black, White, and Orange Wikki Stix, scissors, and mounting paper – for additional snow effects, white tempera paint and a paintbrush will be necessary.
Step one: Have your child step on a sheet of paper and use one strand of black Super Wikki Stix to trace a footprint. Note: it is helpful for the children to press the Wikki Stix firmly in place on the paper while outlining their footprint. Younger children may require assistance.
Step two: Using black Wikki Stix, have the children fill-in the footprint following along (and inside of) the initial outline. The children should continue filling in the footprint with black Wikki Stix until the entire footprint is covered with black Wikki Stix.
Step three (Penguin Eyes): Have the children cut one white Wikki Stix in half. The two halves will form the Penguin’s eyes. The children can spiral the two white halves (starting at one end and wrapping the white Wikki Stix around itself) or form into a ball shape.
Step four: The children should cut small pieces of black Wikki Stix and place on top of the white spirals (balls) to complete the Penguin’s eyes.
Step five (Penguin nose) – Invite the children to make a triangle shape from orange Wikki Stix. The children can use half of an orange Wikki Stix, fold it over in half (twice), and then mold the shape into a triangle (pressing the orange shape between their index finger and thumb).
Step six (Penguin feet) – The feet of the Penguin can be made in the same manner as the Penguin’s nose above. Have the children place the two orange triangles at the bottom of the paper (near the toes of the footprint).
If desired, the children can create a scarf or hat for the Penguin Craft from other colors of Wikki Stix. The children can also make background snow for their craft by brushing white paint dots onto the mounting paper.
The Penguin Crafts make adorable winter displays at home or in the classroom!
Wikki Stix Ladybug Sensory Science Craft for Kids!
Materials needed: Liquid Glue, 2 flavors of gelatin (orange and cherry were used in the photo above), Black and White Wikki Stix, and Mounting Paper.
Step one (making the ladybug’s body): Invite the children to make a circle on the paper using liquid glue (note: squeezing liquid glue from a bottle is a challenging fine motor skill for younger children. Allow the children to squeeze and practice gaining muscle strength, but assist when necessary). The children should also squeeze liquid glue randomly around the inner part of the circle.
Step two: BEFORE the glue dries, invite the children to spoon the 2 flavors of gelatin onto the glue shaped circle. NOTE: do not disclose to the children what flavors of gelatin are being used – they may GUESS by the color, but don’t tell them quite yet.
Step four: The children should carefully fold the paper in half and pour any excess gelatin off the paper.
Step five (making the ladybug’s head): Invite the children to create the ladybug’s head from black Wikki Stix. Starting at one end of the black Wikki Stix, have the children make a spiral by wrapping the black Wikki Stix around itself (see photo). The ladybug head in the photo was made from TWO strands of Wikki Stix wrapped around to form the larger spiral.
Step six: Make the ladybug eyes in the same manner as in the Penguin Footprint Craft (see STEP TWO and STEP THREE in the Footprint Penguin Craft above).
Step seven: Invite the children to make the ladybug’s antennae from two strands of black Wikki Stix and press them onto the black Wikki Stix ladybug head.
By creating the ladybug’s head with Wikki Stix, we invite the children to use the sense of touch and add an additional sensory layer to the craft!
Invite the children to smell the different scents on the ladybug craft. Ask the children if they like or dislike the scents used. Disclose what flavors of gelatin were used to make the craft. Could the children tell what flavors were used by using their sense of SMELL? Ask the children if they used their sense of SIGHT to help determine what flavors were used to make the craft. Brainstorm other flavors the children like or dislike. If the children liked the gelatin flavors used in the craft, invite the children to create a smiley face with Wikki Stix and place it on their craft. If the children disliked the gelatin scents, they can make a sad face on the ladybug craft.
The sense of smell is powerful for children! Developing tactile and olfactory awareness through sensory crafts is not only fun play for kids, but it creates great opportunities for learning!
We hope your children will enjoy reading “The Ladybug and the Big Snow” by David Soman and Jacky Davis. By extending readings with learning and play, parents and teachers can help their children develop of love of reading that will last long after the activities are finished!