Ladybug Houses

Early Years
Age 3-6


Kindergarten: Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour

  • Demonstrate an understanding of numbers, using concrete materials to explore and investigate counting, quantity, and number relationships (#15).


  • Students and teacher will be sitting on the carpet in a circle.​
  • Later, the students will split up into pairs or threes to build ladybug houses.
Ladybug toys placed inside of a "house" made with plankos


  • Planko or any other material to make a square​
  • Small ladybug toys – lots!


  • Tell students that they will build ladybug houses.​
  • Demonstrate that four pieces of planko joined together makes a ladybug house.​
  • Instruct children to work with a certain number of ladybugs. Start with lower numbers and increase as children get more proficient.​
  • Using the chosen total number, ask students to decide how many ladybugs should go inside the house and how many should go outside.​
  • Split students into pairs and ask them to make as many combinations as possible (e.g. if they are working with the number 10, students could put 5 ladybugs inside and 5 outside, or 6 inside and 4 outside).​
  • Ask students to choose their favourite ladybug house.​
  • As students announce how many ladybugs are inside and outside, the teacher writes the math equation on the board.​
  • Take a picture of their work for documentation or the extension activity outlined below.

Look Fors

  • Do children notice patterns such as 7 + 2 = 9 and 2 + 7 = 9?​
  • How fluently can children make different combinations of the target number?​
  • How do children add numbers together? Do they use one-to-one correspondence?


  • Using the pictures taken previously, have students pick 3 of their favourite houses, write a math equation for it, and draw the equivalent picture.​
  • Scaffold their learning by writing out ______ + ______ = _______ and drawing a box beside it to represent the ladybug house.

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