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10 Adorable and Fun Ladybug Crafts For Kids

I have gathered 10 awesome ladybug crafts for kids that will get your children excited and creative juices flowing. These crafts use common household items like a paper bag, plastic spoon, egg cartons and more, to create fun and loveable ladybugs.

I love being able to sit down and do fun crafts with my kids. It is a great outlet, offers creativity, and quality time. I am always looking for inexpensive and entertaining crafts, and that is what I am sharing today. Ladybugs, ladybirds, or lady beetles, whatever you prefer to call them are so intriguing! Their bright red color and black polka dots make my heart smile and make for a very pretty craft.

Did you know that ladybugs are a beetle, not a bug? Or that when they take off and fly they beat their wings 85 times a second, talk about fast! You can find ladybugs in different colors: red, yellow and orange. I thought those were some fun facts to share with you!

Paper Ladybug Craft| With a little paper, scissors and glue sticks you can create this ladybug out of construction paper. A simple but adorable craft.
Paper bag Ladybug Craft| Take a paper bag and create an adorable hand puppet your child can spend hours playing with. Let their imaginations run and create a one-of-a-kind puppet.
Ladybug Stones| Head outside and look in your yard or park for flat rocks, that you can paint and turn into ladybugs! Or head to your local craft store to buy rocks and supplies.
Plastic Spoon Ladybug| Take a plastic spoon and transform it into a ladybug on a tree limb. I love this craft, it is so creative, and I love the leaves.
Egg Carton Ladybugs| Save back your old egg cartons and let your kids transform them into fuzzy ladybugs. With minimal supplies needed, you will have fun creating your bugs.
Ladybug Jar Craft| Grab an old jar and some paint and transform it into your child’s personal bug jar. Then head outdoors and see if you can find any bugs for your child to collect and look at for a bit, and then release back into nature.
Apple Print Ladybugs| Take an apple and teach your child how to transform it into a ladybug with a little paint! Food stamping art is very fun and you can create cards to give to loved ones.
Paper Plate and Pom Pom Ladybugs| Take a paper plate, tissue paper, and pom poms and transform it into a beautiful ladybug for your child to enjoy. The wings are made with the tissue paper, and I love the texture it gives.
Golf Ball Ladybug| If you have golf balls laying around you might want to try out this craft. I love how these turned out, and look so cute decorating your flower beds in the Spring and Summer months.
Leaf Ladybug Craft| Step outdoors and find some fun shaped leaves and bring them in and begin to paint them to transform them into ladybugs.

Ultimate Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

With a few blinks of the eye, Thanksgiving will be here. With that comes a lot of cooking and baking to prepare a family meal for our friends and family. Each year our family does a potluck style dinner. We each help give a dish to complete a full Thanksgiving feast. I thought it would be fun to create a Thanksgiving recipe roundup. You can find all the classic dishes served at Thanksgiving all in one spot!

I have shared recipes for turkey, side dishes, and desserts, to help give you an idea of what to serve up this holiday!

Turkey 

Slow Cooker Turkey| Save room in your oven and make your moist and delicious turkey in your slow cooker! This is a wonderful option and it leaves the turkey nice and moist while it bakes away.

No Thaw Turkey| Have a turkey but don’t have the room in the fridge to thaw or maybe you don’t have time? Maybe try this no thaw recipe.

Roast Turkey| Want a more classic recipe, than try this roasted turkey. This as well comes out nice and moist and the flavors are on point.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes 

Turkey Grazy| Nothing completes a Thanksgiving dinner like a delicious gravy. Here is an easy turkey gravy recipe to add to your menu.

Glazed Sweet Potato Coins| Can’t be a Thanksgiving without sweet potatoes. Try these coins, they are sliced sweet potatoes that have a sweet glaze to them.

Sweet Potato Casserole| If you like the more traditional take of a sweet potato casserole, this is it. It has the marshmallow topping and is sweet.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes| If you have an Instant Pot, put it to good use with these mashed potatoes. Serve up creamy and smooth mashed potatoes.

Homemade Stuffing| Whip up a pan of your homemade stuffing that will make the family and friends be reaching for seconds. This is a hearty recipe that is packed full of rich flavors.

Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing| This is a little different from a traditional stuffing on flavors but it is really a flavor win. Step out of the box and try something new this year.

Smoked Gouda Scalloped Potatoes| If you love rich and creamy potatoes, you will enjoy this recipe. The smoked gouda is a perfect flavor for the hearty potatoes.

Creamed Peas and Pearl Onions| Here is a great side that is pretty easy to make. It has the earthy taste of peas mixed with the onions. It is a beautiful side dish to serve up.

Green Bean Casserole| One of my favorite dishes during the holidays. The creamy green beans topped with crunchy onion bites!

Roasted Lemon Balsamic Asparagus| A new twist to a side dish to serve up, that your guest will love. This recipe is packed full of flavor and pairs beautifully with turkey.

Broccoli Rice Casserole| This casserole is very easy to make and is a nice and hearty side dish to serve up. Reheats beautifully.

Easy Buttery Yeast Rolls| One of my favorite parts, homemade rolls. These are simple to make and so light and fluffy.

Pumpkin Skillet Biscuits| Maybe you prefer biscuits over rolls. If so try this new twist, pumpkin skillet biscuits.

Desserts 

Pumpkin Slab Cake| This is a perfect way to make a pumpkin pie to serve up a crowd. Simple to make and saves you from making a ton of pies.

Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake| Nothing beats a rich and creamy cheesecake. I love the idea of pumpkin cheesecake. A sweet treat to serve guests.

Pecan Slab Pie| Pecan pie is a must at all our family gatherings. I love the idea of a slab pie to save time and oven space.

Dutch Apple Pie| An apple pie is perfect after a big dinner to enjoy later in the day when things begin to slow down. Top it with some whipped cream or rich vanilla ice cream.

Maple Snickerdoodle Cupcakes| Nothing beats a soft snickerdoodle cookie. Take a chance and try these maple snickerdoodle cupcakes. A spiced cupcake with a rich and creamy frosting.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pie| Gluten Free and full of sweet and delicious flavor.

Triple Berry Crumble Pie| Fruit pies are so delicious, and this triple berry is a top recipe to make. I love the crumble topping, adds a nice crunch to the pie.

Easy Caramel Apple Cupcakes| Caramel and apples are a perfect flavor combination. Take that flavor and turn it into a light and fluffy cupcake.

Easy Pumpkin Bars| A moist pumpkin bar with a creamy frosting to add just the perfect amount of sweet.

Lighter Frozen Chocolate Silk Pie| If you like a lighter recipe, try this one. You get a rich and creamy texture that is very sweet in flavor.

Sweet Potato Pie| Sweet potato pie is really good, I was surprised the first time I tried it. It tastes very similar to pumpkin pie to me.

Easy Pumpkin Pecan Bread Your Family Will Gobble Right Up

If you are looking for a pumpkin bread, you have to try this easy pumpkin pecan bread, be prepared for it to blow your holiday guest and family away. The flavors are all things pumpkin and spice, and the smell is amazing as it bakes away in the oven! Read More →