The ladybugs have really caught hold here. Ideas to explore ladybugs in a cross-curricular manner just keep popping up alhamdulillah!
This activity uses ladybugs to explore addition concepts in math insha'Allah (I'll try to post pictures soon insha'Allah).
This is the 1s mat (click on the image to see a larger view insha'Allah)
There are activity mats for the addition facts 0 thru 9 and students use the ladybug counters to help them solve the problems on their mat insha'Allah. You can use these with up to 10 children because you can give each child a mat and give them enough counters to use or you can put these in a math centre and allow children to work on them during centre time insha'Allah (I also recommend laminating the mats and counters if you can insha'Allah). You'll notice that two of the math problems repeat on each mat. This is intentional. I want to give the children a chance to review and not become accustomed to or rely on the pattern to solve each equation.
This is one of the things in Montessori education that I like. Following the child does not mean that the child's interests prevent them from learning a range of materials from the curriculum, quite the opposite. This method allows a teacher or parent to introduce many subjects but working along with the child's interest gives each activity an appeal that will draw the child to it insha'Allah. So if a child likes ladybugs but does not like math, use the ladybugs to help overcome that aversion to math insha'Allah!
Here is the file if you'd like to use this with your child(ren) insha'Allah.
More ladybug activities coming soon insha'Allah. Oh yes! I will also try to make some worksheets to go with each math mat insha'Allah. So check back insha'Allah!