The Grouchy Ladybug Unit Study (+ FREE Printable!)

If you’re a fan of Eric Carle then you’ll love The Grouchy Ladybug just as much. You get to follow a grouchy ladybug as he meets a lot of other animals with his tough demeanor, only to return home, tired and defeated.

What happens next? He’s greeted by the first ladybug who was really nice and continues to be nice to him and offers him the same aphids he wanted at the beginning of the book. If he had shared his aphids in the first place, he would have saved himself a huge headache.

Take your favorite Grouchy Ladybug book further with these fun ladybug activities

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The book is wonderful and you get to learn to tell time. As the grouchy ladybug travels to pick a fight with every animal he can  find, you can see what time he meets each of them. Of course all of the other animals are stronger and fiercer than him so he ends up back at home tired and hungry.

You can extend any book by taking the themes and learning more about them in the other subjects as well.


Language Arts

My favorite language arts activity is to use the book for copywork. This way I don’t have to buy a pre-made curriculum and it’s as easy as copying a few sentences from the book for my little one to copy. I also like to use words from  the book for spelling activities. We also discuss the plot, characters, conflict and solution in the book.


I created this Felt Ladybug Counting Activity for my daughter because she loves playing with felt activities, I then created a printable and turned it into a math activity using the dots of the ladybug.


Science is so much fun with bugs and the best way to study them is to head right on outside to your backyard or out on a nature bug and observe them in nature. If you can find one and observe them, see if you can label all of the parts of the ladybug. Can you see the elytra, the hard set of outer wings that protect the inner hind wings that help them fly? Observe where they were found, what is their home like, what do you think they like about their habitat, can they be easily hidden from their predators? Ask your child and get them to notebook about it once you’re back inside. Notebooking is a great way to capture your child’s narration and have them draw what they remember of the ladybug.


These fun crafts and printables continue with the ladybug theme. It’s always nice to incorporate some hands on projects and crafts for your little ones.


More Resources for Eric Carle Books: 

The Grouchy Ladybug FREE Printables



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This post is part of the Children’s Literature Unit Study series here at Proverbial Homemaker! 

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Beth Anne

    I’m interested in learning more about the unit studies. I have seen the ‘Frog and Toad” and the “Grouchy Lady Bug” and wanted to know what grade/age the lessons are geared toward.
    Thank you!

    1. Tauna

      Hi there! I’d say the Frog and Toad one are good up through 2nd grade and the Grouchy Lady Bug one is a pre-k/K unit. 🙂 Hope that helps!

  2. Marie

    I love unit study for one of our favorite books! Thank you so much for stopping by the Learn & Play Link up. Your post will be featured this week on Christian Montessori Network!

  3. My Bored Toddler

    These activities look great. I love linking a book to other activities. Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerFunFriday

  4. Rica

    Counting Ladybug Dots Sensory Bin from Learning 2 Walk is no longer available.

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