Folkmanis® Ladybug Life Cycle

Ages: 3 and upManufacturer: Folkmanis, Inc.


The intricate design of this clever reversible puppet contains independent segments that showcase the life cycle of ladybugs. With some initial practice, children can learn how to unzip the pockets that encase these progressive stages that range from the initial egg to the larva to the fully developed adult insect. Both the larva and adult sections have glove-like cavities for a potential six-leg manipulation. Two diaphanous wings are shielded by the iconic red and black leathery-looking elytra. For these wings to be seen and/or flutter, there are concealed magnetic snaps in the tips of the elytra that allow their two mirrored sections to separate, thus revealing the hidden wings.

An abundance of related books can boost scientific study of these insects and the enjoyment of related stories, such as Eric Carle’s well-known The Grouchy Ladybug.

Dr. Flora Joy ©2019 Parents’ Choice

Flora has been described as a “founder” in the world of storytelling. The following are a few examples of programs or events that she began: (1) Storytelling World, an international journal for which Flora has continued to serve as editor since its first issue in the 1980s. This journal is currently part of NSN’s Storytelling Magazine. (2) The Annual Storytelling Resource Awards Program, (3) The National Storytelling Youth Olympics, and (4) The Master’s Degree Program in Storytelling at ETSU (where she taught for 41 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus). She has won many prestigious awards, including NSN’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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