I thought I'd share with you the steps I took to make the ladybugs! The felt I used was 9" x 12" Craft Cuts Kunin Eco-fi Classicfelt™. You could also use cut by the yard Kunin Eco-fiPlus™ Premiumfelt.
*Disclosure: Some of these products were samples provided to me to try. Opinions and the choice to use are 100% my own! This post contains product links.*
After researching the easiest and most time saving methods for cutting felt, these were the steps I followed. I first drew the ladybugs patterns onto paper, and then placed them underneath freezer paper, tracing them onto the freezer paper. You can find the patterns for the ladybug here!
1. Have all felt pieces ready for students: ladybug body, wings, white dots for eyes and +1, black dots to go with the number sentence, numbers, plus and equal sign, and felt board.
2. Print out the "Doubles and Doubles + 1" recording sheet (Click here to get the sheet!)
3, Have one or two dice in the center, depending on the range of facts you want to be practiced.
How to Play (Can be individual or partner play)
1. Have students place the ladybug body, wings, and eyes onto the board.
2. Students roll the die or dice. The number they roll is the number they show in doubles facts. Ex.
rolling a 3 would become 3+3. If they roll two dice, students add the numbers on the dice together
to find the number they double.
3. After rolling, students place that number of black dots on each ladybug wing. They also complete the number sentence with felt numbers, and record it on the recording sheet. Students may count the dots on the ladybug to help them complete the number sentence.
4. Students then add a white dot to one of the wings and change one addend in the number sentence, and then solve for the new addend. Record the doubles + 1 number sentence.
5. Clear numbers and dots from board, roll the die/dice again and complete the same steps.
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