The Grouchy Ladybug is an Eric Carle classic. Carle’s signature collage illustration style and vivid colors invite readers along on a journey with a very hungry and grouchy ladybug. Check out these The Grouchy Ladybug activities to extend and reinforce understanding with your young readers. And don’t forget to check out our other Eric Carle activities linked below.
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The Grouchy Ladybug Book
The Grouchy Ladybug is starving and ready for a fight. It travels far and wide, forgetting its manners, and encounters an array of animals along the way. This patterned story brings the ladybug’s journey full circle when our spotted friend ends up right back where it started from, and with a different attitude as well.
The Grouchy Ladybug Activities
Choral Reading Craft Stick
Materials Needed: Ladybug printable (included), crayons, scissors, glue, craft sticks
Cut and color our ladybug printable and glue on a craft stick.
Each child makes a grouchy ladybug and can chorally say “Want to fight?” as they wave their ladybug in the air and at the end “Thank you.”
This will be a perfect way to encourage fluency and listening skills as you reread the story.
Grouchy Ladybug Listening Game
Materials Needed: Listening game printable (included), counters (or something similar)
Children will play a game in which they will listen for beginning sounds on their board. This printable has three versions – pictures only, beginning sounds with pictures, and words so instruction can easily be differentiated.
Print and laminate the boards for durability and reuse if desired.
Students can mark the sounds they hear with counters, mini erasers, Do Dot Markers, dry erase markers, or anything you have available. This activity is adapted from a PreKinders letter sounds listening game idea.
Cut and Paste Sequencing Book
Materials Needed: Grouchy Ladybug printable book (included), crayons, scissors, glue
Here is your very own Grouchy Ladybug book for your students. It is complete with clock images and simple text that students can color, cut, and add pictures of the animals the grouchy ladybug encounters.
Students build confidence, fluency, and comprehension while rereading their book.
Dig deeper into this Carle classic with The Grouchy Ladybug activities above.
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*Thank you to Katy from for creating this book list for Growing Book by Book. Katy Klimczuk is a mother of two little ones who lives with her family in the Detroit, Michigan area. She is a former elementary school teacher and literacy specialist who now works remotely as a book curator and blogger sharing her passion for early literacy. She can be found at Reading Lady Katy and on Instagram and Facebook @readingladykaty.